First Trailer for Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo’s Catholic Sex Scandal Drama ‘Spotlight’

Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo won’t be silenced in the first intense trailer for their Catholic sex scandal drama “Spotlight.”

The film from director/co-writer Tom McCarthy tells the true story behind the Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church. The group of journalists won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 after uncovering the local Boston Archdiocese’s massive cover-up of sexual abuse. “West Wing” scribe Josh Singer co-wrote the film, which has already generated plenty of awards buzz.

The Globe’s reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of abuse by other priests, and yielded other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world.

The movie also stars Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci.

Open Road’s “Spotlight” will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and screen at the Toronto Film Festival. It hits theaters on November 6, will expand on November 13 and go wide on November 20.

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  1. Paul Clune says:

    As per ‘normal’ jokes here in Oz….A bloke’s eyesight was getting worse so he asked his optician for an opinion but as the optician stared into the blokes eyes he said ” You’d better go and see a specialist'” The bloke asked why and was told: “Because I think you have Christian Brothers’ disease.” ” What the hell is Christian Brothers’ disease?” asked the bloke and was told :” The specialist will explain that to you.” So off he went and sure enough as the specialist stared closely into his eyes said : ” Yes you’ve got what I think is the worst case of Christian Brothers’ disease, I’ve ever seen.” The bloke finally exploded shouting ” WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS’ DISEASE?” to which the specialist said: ” Your pupils are fucked.” .

  2. Peggy says:

    I have been looking for this film in Philadelphia and so far very limited availability. I’m wondering if this film is being suppressed in some way.

  3. Reblogged this on In Other News and commented:
    The Spotlight movie trailer is finally here. And a Nov. 6 release date has been set. Congrats to all of the Boston Globe reporters and editors involved.

  4. This is a movie about organized crime, featuring the Catholic church, the largest organized child rape crime syndicate in the history of the US, and in complete defiance of Jesus in Matt 18:6-14.

    • Marie says:

      Let’s just hope that the movie does this story justice and helps to raise more awareness of this atrocity.

      The Catholic church and schools do many wonderful things, but this was absolutely horrible and a story that needs to be told to inform others and to teach them to be proactive.

  5. Cynthia says:

    Thank you all for doing the film. A good sequel may be– Why the Los Angeles Times and the LA Police Department didn’t follow up on the earlier reports in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Young Boy suicide rates skyrocketed in certain Parishes in California during this time. No Biishop or Head of an Order were held responsible to this day. Let’s hope that the lay people who continue to support their parishes with money and time will see this movie and find it in their hearts to no longer be passive participants in this rape and cover-up of our children. I remain a faithful Catholic that supports deep reform on all levels of the universal church.
    Deacon Cynthia Yoshitomi
    Roman Catholic WomenPriests

  6. Kay Ebeling says:

    Please read more true stories of pedophile priests and their victims at City of Angels Blog.

  7. brady1987 says:

    When ‘Doubt’ was released back in 2008 I only went to see it because Amy Adams became “America’s Sweetheart” after ‘Enchanted’ and I wanted to see her in another one of her finest performances. However, I will not be going to see this film even if it gets major award nominations. I will never support the crimes that these priests have committed a crime like this and after he was dismissed from the clergy, the church and school became a better place. However, I still believe in God and go to mass every Sunday. The rules of joining the clergy in the Catholic Church are more strict now. In 2007, the Associated Press reported that sex abuse was happening a lot in public schools, but that was not reported in other major sources.

  8. Let’s hope this film will inspire many to join the struggle against those who commit or conceal heinous crimes against kids.

    David Clohessy, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

    • Marie says:

      I just wanted to add that my children go to a Catholic school in California. Part of the requirement to offset the tuition is volunteering 30 hours a school year. Before anyone can volunteer, they MUST go through a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children seminar. This includes a person who was actually abused for a Q&A section and a video about abused persons. It was very enlightening and it felt like a gift – to actually be informed about the warning signs and to know that everyone who works with my children – be it faculty, staff, clergy, other parents, could not do so until they completed this course.

      We go to mass as well, but even with all of the positives mentioned above, I will not allow my sons to be altar boys in the future. Personally I do not think it is necessary and there will always be that little bit of doubt because of the atrocities that occurred.

      I came from a very small (like Mayberry) town in Upstate New York where we had a priest who was removed for fondling boys on a field trip. So when you think this happens in just big cities, it does not. It is just a horrible reality and I hope this has finally stopped.

  9. Chris says:

    Looks good, and needs to be told so that we don’t forget in this era of faith-based bullying.

  10. Kurt says:

    I don’t know why, but…this trailer almost seemed shallow – just no gravity to it. Any 2 minutes and 30 seconds of Mea Maxima Culpa resonated more than this thing.

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