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Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief ()


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A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

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  • Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 31 nominations.
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Himself
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Himself
Spanky Taylor ...
Herself
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Lawrence Wright ...
Himself
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Marjorie Cameron ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
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Himself
Tony Ortega ...
Himself
Antony A. Phillips ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Hana Whitfield ...
Herself (as Hana Eltringham Whitfield)
Kim Masters ...
Herself
Sara Goldberg ...
Herself
Steve Pfauth ...
Himself (as Sarge Pfauth)
Tom De Vocht ...
Himself
Marty Rathbun ...
Himself
Fred Goldberg ...
Himself, Commissioner of Internal Revenue (archiveFootage)
Tommy Davis ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Jeff Dubron ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
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Herself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Catherine Bernardini ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Anne Joasem ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Jenny Linson ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
John Sweeney ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Mosey Rathbun ...
Herself (as Monique Rathbun)
Ricardo G. Cedillo ...
Himself, Scientology Attorney (archiveFootage) (as Ricardo Cedillo)
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Sara Northrup (voice)
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Auditor (voice)
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Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Erlich ...
Himself
Monique Rathbun ...
Herself
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Musical Chair Lieutenant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alex Gibney

Written by

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Alex Gibney ... (written by)
 
Lawrence Wright ... (book)

Produced by

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Sara Bernstein ... supervising producer: HBO
Alex Gibney ... producer
Ophelia Harutyunyan ... digital media producer
Jacqui Lewis ... associate producer
Sheila Nevins ... executive producer: HBO
Arthur Portnoy ... executive producer: Artjail
Tess Ranahan ... Digital Media Producer
Matthew Slater ... producer: Artjail (as Matt Slater)
Kristen Vaurio ... producer
Chris Wilson ... executive producer: Sky Atlantic
Lauren Wolf ... associate producer
Lawrence Wright ... producer

Music by

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Will Bates

Cinematography by

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Samuel Painter ... (as Sam Painter)

Film Editing by

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Andy Grieve

Editorial Department

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Allie Ames ... digital intermediate conform editor
Jeff Cornell ... digital intermediate conform editor
Christina Delerme ... digital intermediate producer
Zac Gobetz ... digital intermediate conform editor
Joey Handy ... digital intermediate producer
Brandon Holmes ... additional editorial assistance
Keith Jenson ... digital intermediate conform editor
Alexis Johnson ... additional editorial assistance
Alex Keipper ... additional editorial assistance (as Alexander Keipper)
Jack Lewars ... digital intermediate colorist
Ryan McMahon ... digital intermediate conform editor
Benjamin Murray ... digital intermediate supervising conform editor / supervising conform editor
Jeffrey Burgess Reed ... additional editorial assistance (as Jeff Reed)
Samuel Shapiro ... additional editorial assistance
Hannah Vanderlan ... additional editing

Casting By

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Tom O'Hare

Production Design by

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Rob Locasio

Production Management

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Emily Alexander-Wilmeth ... production supervisor: Artjail
Kelley Cribben ... post-production supervisor
Stacey Offman ... executive in charge of production

Art Department

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Nick Gibney ... storyboard artist
Sam Jaspersohn ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Henry Boy ... sound designer
Rob Browning ... audio post facility coordinator
Bill Chesley ... sound designer
Dave Coulter ... sound recordist
David Ellinwood ... dialogue editor (as Dave Ellinwood)
Mark Mandler ... sound recordist
David Mitlyng ... sound recordist
Daniel Timmons ... sound effects editor
Tony Volante ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
John Zecca ... sound recordist

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Melissa Fornabaio ... visual effects producer
Hunter Hardesty ... motion designer
Jin Lee ... motion designer
Jade Milan ... motion designer
Chris Monaco ... cg artist / motion designer
Steve Mottershead ... senior visual effects supervisor
Jie Yun Roe ... motion designer
Delano Samuels ... visual effects assistant
Tamir Sapir ... visual effects supervisor
Lisa Starace ... senior visual effects producer
Ben Vaccaro ... flame artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Martin Albert ... additional cinematography
Maryse Alberti ... additional cinematography
Chad Battinelli ... best boy grip
Ryan Bronz ... assistant camera
Connell Burke ... electric/grip swing
Matthew Cryan ... key grip
Michael Drucker ... first assistant camera (as Mike Drucker)
Liam Epstein ... additional cinematography
Frank Graziano ... additional cinematography
Dan Gutt ... digital imaging technician / second assistant camera
Ronan Killeen ... additional cinematography
Steve Lamb ... electric
Ryan Murphy ... swing/driver
Antonio Rossi ... additional cinematography
Darcy Schlitt ... best boy electric
Jordan Seaman ... phantom tech
Brad Serreno ... additional cinematography
Andrew J. Smith ... electric/grip swing (as Andrew Smith)
Lee Towndrow ... director of photography: Artjail
G.T. Womack ... gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Christine Perret ... wardrobe stylist
Becky Portnoy ... wardrobe assistant

Music Department

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Lucy Alper ... original music coordinator
Dorit Chrysler ... musician: theremin
John McCullough ... music supervisor
Andrew Orkin ... assistant to composer
Phaedon A. Papadopoulos ... musician: harpsichord

Other crew

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Julie Begey Seureau ... assistant to producer
Nathan Bender ... intern
Joan Cohen ... archival researcher
Alex Duran ... production assistant
Richard Dworkin ... transcripts
Jacqueline Eckhouse ... production counsel (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Grace Fardella ... researcher
Maggy Feakins ... intern
Michelle Glick ... production office manager (as Michelle Glick-Wolter)
Cara Mia Harris ... production office manager
Alison Joy ... executive assistant
Emily Kaplan ... assistant: Mr. Gibney
Barbara Karen ... production accountant
Mia Lam ... assistant production accountant
Viviana Leo ... production office manager
Ed Louis ... production assistant
Tyler Mager ... production assistant
Laszlo Meresz ... production assistant
Ethan Metcalfe ... researcher
Hannah Peterson ... researcher
Becky Portnoy ... production assistant
Beth M. Schniebolk ... production accountant
Robert Stein ... counsel: e & o
Dewitt Stern ... production insurance
Michael Stokes ... production assistant
Jennifer Sara Wilmeth ... production assistant (as Jennifer Wilmeth)

Thanks

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Mark Bunker ... special thanks
Jeffrey Dye ... special thanks (as Jeff Dye)
Heidi Ewing ... special thanks
Nick Gibney ... special thanks
Rachel Grady ... special thanks
Sloane Klevin ... special thanks
Samuel D. Pollard ... special thanks (as Sam Pollard)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Scientologie, sous emprise (France)
  • Going Clear Scientology: La vérité révélée au grand jour (France)
  • Scientology: Ein Glaubensgefängnis (Germany)
  • Начистоту: Саентология и тюрьма убеждений (Russia)
  • Fångade av scientologin (Finland, Swedish title)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Sheila Nevins, HBO's president of documentaries, said "probably 160 lawyers" worked with them on the film to avoid litigation from the Church of Scientology. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Shailene Woodley/Jason Biggs/Alex Gibney (2015). See more »
Soundtracks Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) See more »
Quotes 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 this they kick you out. You know? Maybe you're insane! That of course is not the case. They talk about, you know, the fact that the earth was created, that such and such of trillions of years ago and this guy, who's this space guy... and put them in volcanoes and then blow them up with A-bombs... And we have these lost souls all over us and we have to get rid of them. And I'm going what the fuck are you talking about? I mean, I'm down for the self-help stuff. I'm down for, ok, I can be clear, I can, you know, I can get rid of those, the negative emotions, but what the fuck is this?
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