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.
First, at the beginning of the DVD, the commentary states the production is not an actual true story, but reenactment of events that
had occurred in the past. This is necessary to protect the innocent, and a safety provision for Whistleblowers. Whether a victim or an accused proven not guilty, to be known in the public has tragic consequences, due to the nature of the subject. Due to negative
reactions, some have had to enter witness protection programs to lead a normal life.
Second, this DVD is a good example of what happened to Whistleblowers: A Janitor who dared to take a minor boy victim to
the hospital for treatment was fired and left unemployed. Also, in the DVD, some of the Catholic Brothers on the Orphanage Staff
who stopped the sexual abuse of some of the orphan boys were penalized. Instead of public recognition - or even being put in charge of the Orphanage for their trustworthiness and accountability, were actually brushed aside as replacements came in with an agenda to cover up rather than resolve the abuses. Notice some of those Catholic Brothers were ignored who protested no issue
of professional services to the sexually abused boys were pursued for their recovery?!Read more ›
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this was the shortened version not the original unedited version but it's ok. i think the original unedited version is just not around anymore. thanksPublished 5 months ago by david nicholoplus
excellent and somewhat disturbing movie recommend it very good excellent servicePublished 6 months 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 23 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 on July 5, 2014 by Skip
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 on April 26, 2014 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