Our Fathers

Our Fathers

Director: Dan Curtis Cast: Christopher Plummer, Ted Danson, Daniel Baldwin

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Based on the book by Newsweek senior editor David France, the made-for-cable Our Fathers dramatizes the pedophilia scandal that literally tore apart the Catholic Diocese of Boston. The story is set in motion when the Boston Globe gets wind of a determined effort by lawyer Mitchell Garabedian (Ted Danson) to get belated justice for his client Angelo DeFranco (Daniel Baldwin), who as a youngster was repeatedly abused sexually by Father John Geoghan (Steve Shaw). Several of Angelo's contemporaries had previously come forth with stories of Father Geoghan's misdeeds, and the similar outrages of other priests, but they had made the error of complaining to the head of the Boston Diocese, the arrogant Cardinal Bernard Law (Christopher Plummer), who turned a deaf ear to the claims and in some cases went so far as to tell the complainants that they, and not the priests, were somehow to blame. All the while, Law and his colleagues covered up the scandal through a series of covert transfers of the offending priests, allowing the perpetrators to continue their sexual activities with shocking impunity. The film also details a number of related subplots, including the plight of Mary Ryan (Ellen Burstyn), all of whose seven sons suffered from the priests' abuse, and Father Spagnolia (Brian Dennehy), who dared to attack Law's handling of the scandal from his pulpit -- only to have the sexual skeletons in his own closet revealed. Our Fathers made its Showtime cable debut on May 21, 2005.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2019
UPC: 0810162036171
Original Release: 2005
Source: Cbs Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 53,345

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Plummer Cardinal Bernard Law
Ted Danson Mitchell Garabedian
Daniel Baldwin Angelo DeFranco
Ellen Burstyn Mary Ryan
Christopher Bauer Olan Horne
Aidan Devine Bernie McDaid
Hugh Thompson Tom Blanchette
Brian Dennehy Father Spagnolia

Technical Credits
Dan Curtis Director,Executive Producer
Charles Bloye Executive Producer
Robert Cobert Score Composer
Thomas Michael Donnelly Screenwriter
David France Executive Producer
Gary Howsam Executive Producer
David Kennedy Executive Producer
Eric Van Haren Noman Cinematographer
Henk van Eeghen Editor
Jimmy Veres Executive Producer

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Our Fathers 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Bostonian, and as one who personally knew many of the characters and facts involved in this movie, I have the following unbiassed review. First, some advice to movie producers...PLEASE do not try to fake a Boston Accent. Not everyone sounds like a Kennedy. I was also a bit disappointed with the fact that it appeared it wasn't filmed in Boston at all. The best actor was Brian Dennehy, who, in my opinion, carried the whole cast, yet was nothing like the REAL Father Spagnolia (whom I've met). It was definitely Hollywooded up and markedly anti-Catholic. Ted Danson's acting was okay. I just feel as though Showtime (the producers of the film) capitalized on a great tragedy in God's Church. What Cardinal Law and the Priests did was deplorable. I like the fact that they distinguished between homosexuality and pedophilia (two entirely different things all together...the first is an orientation, the latter a sickness). It was done by outsiders and did not accurately convey the emotions and impact this had not only on the church, but on Boston and the people of Massachusetts.