From the director of Dangerous Minds comes this controversial story that was one of the years most powerful and critically acclaimed films.
The Boys of St. Vincent
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Although fictionalized, the movie is clearly based on the case of Mount Cashel Orphange in Newfoundland in the 1970s. The investigation into allegations of abuse by the clergy against their young charges was hushed up. And, for fear of scandal, suppressed and brought to light some years later, igniting a media firestorm.
The performances of the cast could not have been better. Henry Czerny, as Brother Peter Lavin, manages to be both repulsive and strangely sympathetic at the same time. His dominating, abusive [...]control over the institution and the children makes his performance absolutely riveting. The other adult performers are perfectly matched, and the child actors are remarkable. When it airs on American TV, it is always heavily censored, so it is best to see it on Canadian channels, or better yet, on video and DVD. The portrayal of abuse is not overly graphic, but enough is shown so that the viewer can have no doubts as to what is taking place. When the police, headed by Detective Noseworthy (a terrific Brian Dooley) begin to investigate the abuse reports through social services, Lavin really gets nervous, but conceals this behind tremendous arrogance and defensiveness. [...] many of his fellow priests also harbor a sick desire for these young boys they are supposed to protect. Johnny Morina, Brian Dodd, Ashley Billard, Jonathan Lewis, and Jeremy Keefe are touchingly vulnerable as the kids who are constantly victimized and terrified by these supposed "Men Of God".Read more ›
The acting is superb! of both that of the adults and the children, and is a credit to the director.
enjoy the film, but remember it is a true story and unfortunelty one of many.
It shows in detail how the hierarchy of the Church refused to act appropriately or perhaps I should say at all on what was happening until the media and the law put on enough heat making the Bishop change staffing at the Orphanage. What happened though was that the replacements were also heartless pedophiles.
This movie brought many memories of what Boston went thru with Cardinal Law who was punished with exile as a Prince of the Church in one of the most palatial rectories in Rome.
The problems will not go away until all of the hierarchy present and past are deceased, including Benedict 16th who was responsible for rewarding his pedaphiles with sanctuary and forgiveness in Rome.
Every Catholic should see this film; howe
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excellent and somewhat disturbing movie recommend it very good excellent servicePublished 1 month ago by Robert Donahue
This CBC Production is a thinly veiled portrayal of the events at Mount Cashel Orphanage in St John’s Newfoundland, it was shot in St Johns and Montreal. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Garth R. Mailman
Good film, but hard to watch. The story is powerful, even for someone like myself who works in the counseling field addressing sexual abuse.Published 19 months ago by Skip
A number of times, I have viewed this DVD when it arrived. On first impression, the contents in the production of this DVD could be offensive in regards to all the scenes of Nude... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gary W. Phelps
This is a well crafted film about an important subject. At times it is difficult to watch. Beyond the issue of pedophilia it raises the issue of how the welfare of children is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Citris1
Perhaps this is hyped up a bit, but it is probably not too far off base, either.
It came along during a period of exposed allegations of sexual abuse of minors, by... Read more
The movie itself is good, but the disks is in not so good shape. They are at bit scratched and therefor the movie is sometimes out of focus and the picture jumps.Published on February 7, 2013 by Heidi Andersen