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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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Top Rated Movies #201 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 119 wins & 138 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Break the story. Break the silence. See more »

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

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20 November 2015 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$295,009 (USA) (6 November 2015)

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$44,988,180 (USA) (29 April 2016)
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Trivia

When the new Editor of the Boston Globe, Martin Baron (who is Jewish), has a personal meeting with Cardinal Bernard Launois at his residence, the Cardinal hands Baron a package. When Baron goes back to his car and opens the package, it is a large copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Law requested such a Catechism from the Catholic Church, at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome in 1985, dealing with the changes wrought by Vatican II. It was completed in 1992, and it was the first such universal catechism issued by the Church in over four hundred years. See more »

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During the cab ride, after Michael Rezendes pays for copies of the sealed documents, he tells the cab driver to take Dorchester Avenue and stay off I-93. The cab is never on Dorchester Ave, and hits I-93 south. See more »

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Young Cop: How's that going?
Court Clerk Mark: Mother's ballin' 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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Super film
29 March 2016 | by (Switzerland) – See 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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