Saint Ralph

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Overview

A young man with big dreams sets out to do the seemingly impossible in this bittersweet comedy drama. Ralph Walker Adam Butcher is a 14-year-old boy growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1954. Ralph is convinced he's cut out to do something remarkable some day, but he hasn't quite decided what, and at the moment he has other things to worry about. Ralph's father has recently died, as have his grandparents, and his mother Shauna MacDonald is severely ill and in the hospital, leaving the boy to fend for himself at ...
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Overview

A young man with big dreams sets out to do the seemingly impossible in this bittersweet comedy drama. Ralph Walker Adam Butcher is a 14-year-old boy growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1954. Ralph is convinced he's cut out to do something remarkable some day, but he hasn't quite decided what, and at the moment he has other things to worry about. Ralph's father has recently died, as have his grandparents, and his mother Shauna MacDonald is severely ill and in the hospital, leaving the boy to fend for himself at home. Despite Ralph's tragic circumstances and his attendance at a Catholic school led by strict headmaster Father Fitzpatrick Gordon Pinsent, the young man maintains a cheeky attitude and often gets on the wrong side of his teachers, and one remarkable display of poor behavior causes Fitzpatrick to sentence Ralph to membership on the school's cross-country team. The team's coach, Father Hibbert Campbell Scott, discovers Ralph has real talent as a runner, and encourages the boy to train seriously. When doctors inform Ralph that only a miracle can save his mother's life, he strikes upon an idea -- it would be a little short of a miracle for a talented but inexperienced runner like himself to finish first in the Boston Marathon, so Ralph sets his sights on winning the race, certain in his heart that a victory could restore his mother's health. Saint Ralph also features Jennifer Tilly and Tamara Hope.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Behind-the-scenes featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2005
  • UPC: 043396131163
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,390

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Butcher Ralph Walker
Campbell Scott Father George Hibbert
Gordon Pinsent Father Fitzpatrick
Jennifer Tilly Nurse Alice
Shauna MacDonald Emma Walker
Michael Kanev Chester Jones
Tamara Hope
Frank Crudele Mr. Karl
Chris Ploszczansky Hulk
Paulette Sinclair Secretary Roddy
Lubica Kucerova Woman in Shower
Ben Gans Senior Citizen #1
Jock McLeod Senior Citizen #2
Jeff Baxter Cattana
Daniel Karasik Bolan
Jonathan Walker Mr. Collins
Keir Gilchrist Kid Collins
Jonathan Wilson Father Gregg
Rob Smith Santa Claus
Joan Massiah Mrs. Scarlet
Gerard Parkes Longboat
Boyd Banks Worker #1
Henry Alessandroni Worker #2
Fiona Highet Nurse
Brandon Barre Road Runner
John Blakey Spectator #1
Naomi Emmerson Spectator #2
Sean Cullen Children's Aid Officer
Barry Stillwell Mr. Jones
Jonathan Higgins Boston Announcer
Michael David Brown John Bannon
Barry Stilwell Mr. Jones
Technical Credits
Michael McGowan Director, Screenwriter
Fergus Barnes Asst. Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Matthew Davies Production Designer
Anne Dixon Costumes/Costume Designer
Teza Lawrence Producer
Jenny Lewis Casting
Andrew Lockington Score Composer
Susan Maggi Editor
Andrea Mann Producer
Seaton McLean Producer
Rene Ohashi Cinematographer
Marguerite Pigott Executive Producer
Valentin Pricop Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Souther Producer
Peter Sussman Executive Producer
Kenneth Watkins Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Saint Ralph
1. Start [2:24]
2. Destined for Greatness? [3:18]
3. Philosophy & Beauty [1:59]
4. A New Scarf [1:53]
5. Sinning While Swimming [3:20]
6. Punished & Humiliated [2:41]
7. A Turn for the Worse [1:58]
8. Carrying On [3:13]
9. "It'll Take a Miracle" [3:19]
10. Divine Message? [4:06]
11. Points of Faith [2:55]
12. Help for Body and Soul [3:36]
13. Book Learning [2:42]
14. Dedication [3:22]
15. Loneliness & Defeat [2:34]
16. Real Training [3:40]
17. On Thin Ice [2:57]
18. Making Strides [2:03]
19. Miracle Territory [1:38]
20. A Run in the Rain [4:35]
21. Triumph & Trouble [2:28]
22. Setbacks [3:14]
23. Two Fires [4:52]
24. Nothing Left to Lose [5:07]
25. Final Preparations [4:55]
26. The Boston Marathon [8:44]
27. Local Hero [3:23]
28. Mysterious Ways [7:11]
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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    A very positive take on the possibility of a Catholic school doi

    A very positive take on the possibility of a Catholic school doing good--against bullying and the terror of a mean Father Superior. The fantasy of trying to win The Boston Marathon to cause a Miracle works a lot better than I would have guessed. That's a little bit of sci-fi, but the Running Joke of uncontrollable young male lust is truth. My wife put this movie in her special drawer to show visiting friends who want to cheer. Attacking its exaggerations and fantasies is not called for, and I liked every minute of the protagonist's fine acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Movie of the Century (so far)

    In all seriousness, this was the best movie I've seen in, possibly, five years. I picked it up on a whim, having heard some good things about it, and found myself captivated by this moving, sentimental, hilarious movie. I've watched it twice now and both times I've found myself having to dig out the tissues as Ralph searches for his miracle, the one event that will bring his mother out of her coma. It is a wonderful movie that I'm buying because I must have it to watch again, and again, and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I just happened to see this movie on the shelf at the video store....it looked interesting, so I rented it. It turned out to be inspiring, and insperational on many levels. I also enjoyed the fact that it took place near my home town of Ottawa, Ontario!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was cheering out loud

    This is a great movie. The child actors are excellent. Their expressions convey so many emotions. I found the movie to be heartwarming, but not sappy. I recommend it to everyone who has dreamed of doing something BIG. Runners will enjoy the training regimen scenes.

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    Posted December 15, 2009

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