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Our Fathers (2005)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 May 2005
1:43 | Trailer
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.


Dan Curtis


David France (book), Thomas Michael Donnelly (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Mitchell Garabedian
Christopher Plummer ... Cardinal Bernard Law
Brian Dennehy ... Father Dominic Spagnolia
Daniel Baldwin ... Angelo DeFranco
Ellen Burstyn ... Mary Ryan
Kenneth Welsh ... Bishop Murphy
Will Lyman ... Wilson Rogers Jr.
Wayne Best ... Father Doyle
Colin Fox ... Daniel Kibbe
James Aaron Oliver ... Patrick McSorley (as James Oliver)
Jan Rubes ... Pope John Paul
Steven Shaw ... John J. Geoghan
Damien Atkins Damien Atkins ... Young Geoghan
Hugh Thompson ... Tom Blanchette
Aidan Devine ... Bernie McDaid


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 »


Official Sites:

Showtime [United States]





Release Date:

21 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escândalo Oculto See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


CAD 14,340,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs



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 »


Angelo DeFranco: Why did this happen to me?
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Our Fathers
7 November 2006 | by bjb1See all my reviews

This is a fine film that depicts the Catholic Church in a age of crisis and scandal. The casting and acting was first rate. The director could've easily painted a portrait that would've had a blatant anti-Catholic strain to it but instead chose an aura of sadness and compassion. Perhaps this leads, external of the film, to a cathartic redemption.

I am waiting for a similar film involving scientists and their use of psycho-subliminal weaponry and related technology and the secret abduction of unknowing People for purposes of torture and various levels of R&D. This fact, not unlike the current condition of the U.S. Catholic clergy, is embroiled in sickening secrecy and depraved indifference. Outfits like SAIC, with their legion of predators 40000 strong, would be like an Archdioses and NASA would be like the Vatican. Clearly the semi-sympathetic tone on "Our Fathers" would be almost impossible to convey in "Our Scientists" whose crimes against Humanity are far greater than any of the sins of the Catholic Church.

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