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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 ... Himself
Jason Beghe ... Himself
Spanky Taylor Spanky Taylor ... Herself
David Miscavige ... Himself (archive footage)
John Travolta ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Cruise ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Wright Lawrence Wright ... Himself
L. Ron Hubbard ... Himself (archive footage)
Marjorie Cameron Marjorie Cameron ... Herself (archive footage)
Mike Rinder ... Himself
Tony Ortega Tony Ortega ... Himself
Antony A. Phillips Antony A. Phillips ... Himself (archive footage)
Hana Whitfield Hana Whitfield ... Herself (as Hana Eltringham Whitfield)
Kim Masters Kim Masters ... Herself
Sara Goldberg Sara Goldberg ... Herself
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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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Official Sites:

HBO Documentary Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2015 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Clear See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise, Tommy Davis, Greg Wilhere, David Miscavige, and John Travolta were asked to be interviewed for this documentary. They either declined or did not respond. 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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Features Anderson Cooper 360° (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
Written by Mickey Newbury
Performed by The First Edition
Courtesy of San Juan Music Group, LTD.
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Gripping and horrifying
29 March 2015 | by vijaybhargavaSee all my reviews

I didn't know much about Scientology before, but been awaiting this documentary for all the publicity it generated. And I wasn't disappointed. It unfolds rather slowly, but reveals details and time line of Scientology in way that makes sense for someone like me who knows little about it. I just wished I had read up about Scientology beliefs before watching, as I didn't quite understand the whole aliens reference, and sci-fi beliefs they have as part of Scientology. I wondered if this was really part of their beliefs or the documentary was exaggerating it. Turns out it's all factual! The whole of 2 hours I was just going, 'wtf?!!', and the intensity only escalates as the time line and events unfold. It was occasionally borderline cheesy, especially when the interviewee emotions seemed a bit forced. But overall, it's well written and the interviewees do a great job of narrating their experiences.


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