The Boys of St. Vincent

The Boys of St. Vincent

| 1 h 32 min

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This realistic two-part dramatization follows the desperate struggle by young residents of a Roman Catholic orphanage to escape their nightmare of physical and sexual abuse. Their cries for help go unheeded, although a concerned janitor and a no-nonsense cop wage a personal crusade to uncover the terrible truth, and end the suffering. Justice does not come easily, or quickly. For many long years, Church officials, police and high government officials conspire to conceal the truth. For the victims, there is only shame and bitterness. And a deafening silence. Part two picks up the story 15 years later. At last, a government inquiry reopens the case. The victims must come face-to-face with their abusers and relive the awful past yet again. The time for silence has ended.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

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The Boys of St. Vincent, John N. Smith, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    John N. Smith
  • producer
    Sam Grana
    Claudio Luca
  • executive producer
    Claudio Luca
    Colin Neale
  • associate producer
    Nicole de Rochemont
  • script
    Des Walsh
    John N. Smith
    Sam Grana
  • photography
    Pierre Letarte
  • sound
    Serge Beauchemin
  • editing
    Werner Nold
  • sound editing
    Marcel Pothier
  • re-recording
    Adrian Croll
    Hans Peter Strobl
  • music
    Neil Smolar
  • cast
    Brian Dooley
    Philip Dinn
    Michael Wade
    Greg Thomey
    Brian Dodd
    Ashley Billard
    Jeremy Keefe
    Jonathan Lewis
    Johnny Morina
    Alain Goulem
    Sam Grana
    Maurice Podbrey
    Henry Czerny
  • sixam

    I did not see this film when it was originally aired on the CBC in 1992. I first saw parts of it in February, 1995 (if my memory is correct) on Showcase, but recorded it off of A&E. Unfortunately, A&E chose to absolutely eviscerate both films. Almost all scenes depicting sexual and physical violence, nudity, and explicit descriptions thereof, even in the court scenes, were removed or badly altered by the network. As a result, the crimes are implied. In my opinion, it is one of the worst acts of censorship in modern times. Why would a U.S. channel bother to show a film about such a horrifying subject if it chooses to cut the heart out of it? Does anyone know if A&E consulted the NFB and the creators about its decision?

    sixam, 15 Dec 2019

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