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The Secret Scripture (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 13 October 2017 (USA)
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A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital.


Jim Sheridan


Sebastian Barry (based on the novel by), Jim Sheridan | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rooney Mara ... Rose
Adrian Dunbar ... Dr. Hart
Eric Bana ... Dr. Grene
Aidan Turner ... Jack Conroy
Theo James ... Father Gaunt
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Rose
Jack Reynor ... Michael McNulty
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ... McCabe
Susan Lynch ... Nurse
Brian Fortune ... Psychiatric Analyst
Elva Trill ... Pregnant Woman
Pauline McLynn ... Anne McCartney
Omar Sharif Jr. ... Daniel O'Brien
Nika McGuigan ... Chrissie
Laurence O'Fuarain ... Detective


Roseanne McNulty must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene, is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman, whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot, and that a local priest fell tragically in love with her. Written by AnonymousB

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Time doesn't forget. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tss See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1 Anamorphic
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Did You Know?


Based on Sebastian Barry's novel The Secret Scripture which is one of the McNulty Family series of books. See more »


Eric Bana is driven around in a Volvo 245 Station wagon, but the only time he is shown inside the car it is obviously a sedan model with a sloped roof and rounded rear windows, quite different from the boxy 80s Volvo seen from the outside. See more »


Dr. William Grene: How do you feel?
Lady Rose: Like someone took my soul.
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Great movie
12 June 2017 | by lb-28175See all my reviews

What a great movie.

If you liked The Notebook and know a bit about the conflict between the Republic of Ireland and Britain, it's a must see.

Terrific cast - Vanessa Redgrave (Call the Midwife), Eric Bana, Theo James (Divergent), Aidan Turner (Poldark), Rooney Mara (Lion), Adrian Dunbar (Line Of Duty), Jack Reynor - very fitting music and very emotional.

There were a couple of times when I wished documents had stayed on the screen slightly longer so that I could have read the contents but that won't be a problem when the Blu-ray and DVD come out, which I'll definitely be adding to my collection.

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