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Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 June 2015 (Italy)
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A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director:

Alex Gibney

Writers:

Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright (book)
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Haggis ... Self
Jason Beghe ... Self
Spanky Taylor Spanky Taylor ... Self
David Miscavige ... Self (archive footage)
John Travolta ... Self (archive footage)
Tom Cruise ... Self (archive footage)
Lawrence Wright ... Self
L. Ron Hubbard ... Self (archive footage)
Marjorie Cameron Marjorie Cameron ... Self (archive footage)
Mike Rinder ... Self
Tony Ortega Tony Ortega ... Self
Antony A. Phillips Antony A. Phillips ... Self (archive footage)
Hana Whitfield Hana Whitfield ... Self (as Hana Eltringham Whitfield)
Kim Masters Kim Masters ... Self
Sara Goldberg Sara Goldberg ... Self
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A devastating two hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright's book of the same name. Scientology is laid bare by a film that skilfully knits together archive footage, testimonials from former high ranking officials and public, and dramatic reconstructions.

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Short-listed for 'Best Documentary' (last 15 films) at the 88th Academy Awards 2016. See more »

Goofs

(at around 8 mins) When Paul Haggis is discussing his beginnings with the church, a clip is shown claiming to be "London, Ontario." What is actually shown is a view of downtown Hamilton, Ontario, looking east from King Street and James Street. The bus clearly reads "West Hamilton". Also visible: Woolworth's, the Wright House, and Gore Park - downtown Hamilton landmarks. See more »

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Paul Haggis: I finally get to OT 3 and they give me the secret materials, which I've been hearing about all this time. They're hand written by Hubbard. You'd have to keep them in a locked briefcase, be very cautious because they would always say if this gets out it's dangerous to people. It can actually do them harm if they are not adequately prepared. And I read it and it doesn't make any sense... I think, I remember for one fleeting second thinking well maybe it's an insanity test. Maybe if we believe ...
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Fascinating summation of what's wrong with this "Church"
30 March 2015 | by SecretAgentWSee all my reviews

I've always wondered about Scientology, and its unique approach to "spirituality." I remember clearly the Dianetics commercials of the 80s with the Volcano, and almost picked up the book once or twice out of curiosity, but never did. Oddly, it was my own experience with a cult - Jehovah's Witnesses - and my research on the internet when I left that organization that lead me to the Operation Clambake (xenu.net) website years and years ago. The revelations in this movie are not new, but they are finally out from under the cloak of anonymous postings by scared individuals. It took celebrities and defecting top officials, who weren't cowed by the church's relentless "fair game" attacks to bring all of this out in the open. That's allowing the little guys to tell their story with less and less risk. Because now that the world is watching, the church's bullying and harassing is backfiring. Watch this documentary, then read Scientology's "reactions" (which are mostly "liar liar pants on fire" and "oh he's a big stinky head, I have a picture of him holding a BEER from years ago - that's right a BEER!"), then come back and watch this movie again. And you'll never fall for a "personality test" pitch at your local mall.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2015 (Italy) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$230,194
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