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Spotlight (2015)

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The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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Tom McCarthy
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Top Rated Movies #216 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 123 wins & 141 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Mike Rezendes
Michael Keaton ... Walter 'Robby' Robinson
Rachel McAdams ... Sacha Pfeiffer
Liev Schreiber ... Marty Baron
John Slattery ... Ben Bradlee Jr.
Brian d'Arcy James ... Matt Carroll
Stanley Tucci ... Mitchell Garabedian
Elena Wohl ... Barbara
Gene Amoroso ... Steve Kurkjian
Doug Murray ... Peter Canellos
Sharon McFarlane ... Helen Donovan
Jamey Sheridan ... Jim Sullivan
Neal Huff ... Phil Saviano
Billy Crudup ... Eric Macleish
Robert B. Kennedy ... Court Clerk Mark
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Storyline

When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Written by Open Road

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The true story behind the scandal that shook the world. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spotlight See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$295,009, 8 November 2015

Gross USA:

$45,055,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,275,238
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It struck some viewers as anachronistic that in this movie, very soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, some characters were already referring to them as "9/11". However, the term "9/11" was used almost immediately after the attacks. For example, on September 13, 2001, the New York Times announced The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund, a special campaign to raise money for the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center. See more »

Goofs

When Walter Robinson and Sacha Pfeiffer leave B.C. High to head back to the Globe, they turn left. The pedestrian bridge that crosses the road is to their right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Cop: How's that going?
Court Clerk Mark: Mother's bawlin' and the uncle is pissed off.
Young Cop: She's not married?
Court Clerk Mark: Divorced, with 4 kids. I guess the Father was helping out.
Young Cop: Helping out?
Court Clerk Mark: ...Hey, Mr. Burke, they're in the back talking to the Bishop.
Paul Burke: [entering] And Father?
Court Clerk Mark: We put him in the break room.
Paul Burke: Any press?
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 26 February 2016 (2016) See more »

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These Exiled Years
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Super film
29 March 2016 | by mrshevSee all my reviews

It won best film, deservedly so. This is a film that resonated with me long after I watched it. The complicated tale of the investigation of paedophile priests in Boston and the publication of it is told in riveting fashion by Tom Macarthy who does not waste a frame or a scene to anything less than the plot or character development. I never felt the running time or in any way disbelieved any of the actors in their portrayals.

Keaton seems to be on a total roll at the moment and he is excellent as the head of Spotlight but the whole ensemble seemed to put in a real shift. This felt like a documentary at times and I could feel the audience around me leaning forward as each new revelation is uttered.

Just brilliant.


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