Our Fathers

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Showtime SHOrt: "Our Fathers: The Heart of the Matter"; Commentary with author David France; Commentary with Exec. Producer David Kennedy, and actor Ted Danson; Photo gallery; Filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • UPC: 758445115529
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Showtime Ent.
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,999

Cast & Crew

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

Disc #1 -- Our Fathers
1. Opening Credits [11:46]
2. The Tip of the Iceberg [15:56]
3. Letter to the Cardinal [26:09]
4. Dead and Buried [15:33]
5. Favorite Shoes, Again [1:51]
6. The Cardinal's Apology [13:06]
7. The Verdict [19:30]
8. End Credits [22:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Our Fathers
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Bonus Features
      Our Fathers: The Heart of the Matter
      Commentary With Author David France: On
      Commentary With Author David France: Off
      Commentary With Producer David Kennedy & Ted Danson: On
      Commentary With Producer David Kennedy & Ted Danson: Off
      Filmographies
         Ted Danson
         Christopher Plummer
         Brian Dennehy
         Daniel Baldwin
      Showtime Previews
         Queer As Folk Season 5
         Sucker Free City
         Sleeper Cell
         Edge of America
      Play
   Audio Setup
      English Stereo 2.0
      English Dolby Digital 5.1
      Spanish Stereo 2.0
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired - Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mixed Review

    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.

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