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Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

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Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

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Amy Berg

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Amy Berg
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Adam ... Self
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson ... Self
Pope Benedict XVI ... Self (archive footage)
Monsignor Cain Monsignor Cain ... Self (archive footage)
Case Degroot Case Degroot ... Self
Jane Degroot Jane Degroot ... Self
Thomas Doyle Thomas Doyle ... Self (as Father Tom Doyle)
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea ... Self - Psychologist (as Dr. Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea)
Bill Hodgman Bill Hodgman ... Self - LA Deputy DA
Anne Jyono Anne Jyono ... Self
Bob Jyono Bob Jyono ... Self
Maria Jyono Maria Jyono ... Self
Frank Keating Frank Keating ... Self
Roger Mahony Roger Mahony ... Self (as Cardinal Roger Mahony)
John Manly John Manly ... Self - Attorney for the Jyonos
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Storyline

Former Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady - Father Ollie in more familiar circumstances - talks about his life as priest, including what he saw as his many failings in that role. Although not stating it as one of those failings, he also speaks about the sexual abuse of minors, both girls and boys, in his role as a priest, where his victims number in the hundreds covering approximately two decades in Central California, with his youngest known victim being nine months old. He admits that he spent as much time planning his abuses, which included gaining the confidences of parents sometimes also in sexual means, than he did with actual ministering. A handful of his victims and their support networks speak of how the abuse was able to happen, how it has negatively affected their collective lives to this day (while Father Ollie walks seemingly happy a free man in his native Ireland), and how they are trying to regain their faith in a holistic manner. Experts talk about how items specific to ... Written by Huggo

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For some there's no such thing as salvation. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Anithikos peirasmos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,656, 15 October 2006

Gross USA:

$201,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$327,205
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Disarming Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This nominated for the Oscar for best documentary, it lost to An Inconvenient Truth See more »

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Himself - Theologean: The bishops have known that bishops, priests, and deacons have been sexually abusing children since the fourth century, and it's been a severe major, major problem, and they've never really been able to curb it. Basically, you have a sexualized priesthood, it's been sexualized for years, that looks at child sexual abuse no different than it does if you're having sex with a woman. Because it's all a violation of clerical celibacy.
Herself - Psychologist: If all sex by definition was bad sex because you weren't supposed...
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See You Soon
Written by Tom Maxwell (as Maxwell) / Ken Mosher (as Mosher)
Performed by Tom Maxwell & Ken Mosher
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Absolutely riveting
9 September 2006 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

We've known for a while now that what goes on in the confessional is not always the will of God. But the way this documentary is put together, it just moves you deep inside. The film is unassuming at first but is gathering a lot of steam from segment to segment. I was choked with emotions when one victim's father is expressing his rage. I was fighting tears during most of the film. It was hard not be moved considering the victims' plight and considering the very priest that presided over my wedding was himself imprisoned for sexual assaults committed in the past. Some will say that Amy Berg's documentary paints a one-sided pretty ugly picture of the Catholic Church. But the Church didn't always help itself when expressing doubt, ignoring or by just refuting cases of abuse committed by priests. The director was there at the premiere of her documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was interesting to hear her talk about Father O'Grady. For her, it seems that by agreeing to be interviewed for this film, it was some kind of a way to be freed from whatever guilt he may have. You can sense that this guy puts a lot of importance in showmanship. Seen at the Varsity, during the Toronto International Film Festival, on September 9th, 2006.

88/100 (***½)


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