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Our Fathers (2005)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 May 2005
A dramatized account of the hidden sexual abuse and scandal that shook the foundation of the Catholic Church, and the characters, events, and policies that brought the abuse and scandal into existence.



(book), (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitchell Garabedian
Cardinal Bernard Law
Angelo DeFranco
Bishop Murphy
Wilson Rogers Jr.
Father Doyle
Daniel Kibbe
Patrick McSorley (as James Oliver)
John J. Geoghan
Damien Atkins ...
Young Geoghan
Tom Blanchette
Bernie McDaid

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In the 1970s and 1980s a scandal was brewing in the Boston diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Pedophile priests, especially Father John Geoghan, were sexually molesting young boys. Although the Cardinal at the time, Bernard Law, was made aware of the evil acts committed by Geoghan & other priests, he sided with the priests and quietly moved them from one church to the next, and kept the matter a secret from the authorities. Years later, the victims start to come forward, and a lawyer sues Cardinal Law & the diocese for hiding the crimes from the authorities. Cardinal Law arrogantly defends his behavior, and refuses to resign. Meanwhile, Father Geoghan is found guilty and sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Will the Cardinal resign now...or continue to try to hold onto his position? Written by medic249a2

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The catholic church in an age of scandal.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, including some graphic depictions of sexual abuse | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

21 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escândalo Oculto  »

Box Office


CAD 14,340,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the film Cardinal Bernard Law ( Christopher Plummer ) watches the movie Becket (1964) starring Richard Burton. Plummer had starred in the original stage production of Becket alongside Burton. See more »


Cardinal Bernard Law: [To Olan] The church didn't fail you. I failed you.
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27 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was 40 years ago when I first became disillusioned with my church. Even then I did not abandon it. I was fully involved - altar boy, seminarian, Knights of Columus - the works. It wasn't until later when the abuses by priests were disclosed, and I was doing sexual abuse investigations myself for Child Protective Services, that I finally got fed up. I sent my baptismal certificate to the military ordinate and asked to be formally excommunicated. They told me to request it in my local parish. What, from another sexually abusing priest? No, thank you. I consider myself excommunicated even if they won't give me a letter.

This film brought it all back. The only reason I do not rate it higher was the fact that there was enough information here for three films. Other than that, it was outstanding.

Ted Danson probably starred in the best role of his career, at least from my standpoint. He was great as the lawyer that took on the almighty church and brought it down. Unfortunately, the church was able to stall real reforms, and you can be sure that priests continue to abuse today.

Christopher Plummer, as Cardinal Law, was magnificent. You almost believed that he truly did not know what he was doing. Don't be fooled. He got a promotion out of the scandal he caused by hiding those pedophile priests. He is living the good life in Rome today.

Brian Dennehy was superb as Father Spags, a gay priest who spoke out against Cardinal Law and was banished because of it.

This film opened old wounds that I hoped were healed. They were opened when Cardinal Law presided at the funeral mass of Pope John II. Those who yell for Sainthood for this pope should know that he allowed Law to remain in Boston and gave him the cushy job in Rome after he was finally forced to resign. Rome knew and let it continue.

This moving was a great film that shows how absolute power corrupts.

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