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.
Director: Tom McCarthy
Writer: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Production: Open Road Films
Released: 20 Nov 2015
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 119 wins & 138 nominations.
Movie Video Clips
We've got two stories here
If it takes a village to raise a child
I can't speak to what happened before I...
This is it
Six percent is 90
We need to focus on the institution
If I can be of any help
I'm not crazy
I was doing my job
They knew and they let it happen
Did everyone read Eileen McNamara's...
He's one of the lucky ones
I know there's things you cannot tell...
And I was preyed upon by father David...
Shape or form
I can't discuss that
Did you ever try and tell anyone
Are you threatening me
Looks that way
How do you say no to God
How's that going
I already talked to the Phoenix
Why do you keep repeating everything I...
You guys gotta understand
If you really want to understand the...
I wanna keep digging
Everybody's gonna be interested in this
Most of these folks
After the first major scandal in...
NINETY fucking priests
I don't think so
- How's that going? The mother's bawling and the uncle's pissed off. She's not married? Divorced with four kids. I guess Father was helping out. Helping out?
- Hey, Mr. Burke, they're in back talking to the bishop. And Father? We put him in the break room. Any press? Some guy from the Citizen but we sent him away. None of the big papers. Let's keep i
- You can tell Father Geoghan it won't be much longer.
- BISHOP: Now, Sheila, you know what good work the church does in the community. But I give you my personal guarantee that I'm going to take Father out of the parish, and this will never happen a
- BEN: Losing a good reporter is always tough. But losing one of our best... Well, to put it as eloquently as I can, it's a real kick in the ass. (ALL CHUCKLE) But, Robby here has known Stewart
- How's the cake? It's really good. Are you saving yours? Nah, it's for Mike. I can never eat at those things. They kind of depress me. I know. Did you see the numbers from Washington? Yeah. Ve
- No, Dan, I'm not mad, I'm hungry. I've been talking here so long I didn't eat lunch. So I'm gonna go get something to eat, and that'll give you an hour to decide whether you want to be on the
- How'd it go upstairs? MATT: Oh, okay. Robby gave a good speech. MIKE: Sure he did. I heard Lubin and Connor are going to the Times. Come on, really? MIKE: Yeah, I heard that. They're leeching
- Mr. Baron. Walter Robinson. Robby. Thanks for taking the time out of your weekend. Oh, my pleasure. Appreciate it. What are you reading? Uh... The Curse of the Bambino. Oh, yeah, it's a grea
- No. No, I don't think that had a big impact. Good.
- And you're an editor for the Spotlight team? I'd prefer to think of myself as player coach. But yes. Are you familiar with Spotlight? No, not particularly. Well, we are a four-person investiga
- What're you working on now? We just put out a piece on a shoddy construction outfit, and right now we're really just trolling around for our next story. How long does that typically take? Hard
- Is that a concern? Not necessarily. Um, but from what I understand readership is down, Internet is cutting into the classified business, and I think I'm gonna need to take a hard look at things
- I think it's safe to assume so, but what I'm more focused on right now is finding a way to make this paper essential to its readers.
- I like to think it already is. Fair enough. I just think that we can do better.
- Mr. Bradlee. Hey. Saw the PD numbers. Looks interesting. Yeah, there's something there. How long do you need? Another week. Where're you going? 10:30. Since when? (SCOFFS) Technically, I am
- Uh, hello. As most of you know by now, my name is Marty Baron, I'm delighted to be here.
- Um, if you could tell me your name as we go around, that'd be helpful. Thank you. Okay. Peter? Peter Canellos, Metro. I've got a major Big Dig closure.
- Hey, Steve. Hey. Mike. Crappy game last night, huh? Yeah, they can't hit worth a nickel. Hey listen, what's Eileen McNamara doing in the 10:30?
- Do you need something, Mike? No, just curious. Go be curious somewhere else. I got work to do, huh? Okay, Steve. See you. Yeah. And it looks like Pedro's gonna be out until September 1st. Jim
- Technically we wouldn't sue the church. We'd file a motion to lift the seal on those documents. The church will read that as us suing them. So will everybody else.
- Gutsy call for the first day. That's one word for it. How do you think that's gonna play down front? I think Gilman's gonna shit a brick. Hey. Door. How'd it go? Well, Baron wants to sue for
- Baron wants to talk to us. MARTY: Okay, Jon. Thank you. Yes. Okay, thanks.
- I've set up a meeting for tomorrow with outside counsel. Jon Albano? Yeah. Who's the judge in this case? Um... Constance Sweeney. BEN: Tough. Why's that? Good Catholic girl. Huh. So, um,
- No, we haven't. And that's the kind of thing your team would do? Spotlight? Well, yeah. But we're still prospecting the Boston PD story I told you about. Could you set that aside? We could. Ma
- Would you consider picking this one? I don't know if he's writing about you, but I will let him know you called. Okay, bye. Hey. Hey, how'd it go? Okay. Uh... Baron wants us to scrub the Ge
- That's great. Didn't we cover Geoghan? Yeah, there's a lawyer alleging Cardinal Law knew about it. Mmm. Mitch Garabedian, right? ROBBY: Yeah. I covered him at the courthouse. Can you get to hi
- HANSI: So when do you leave, Nana? The bus is picking us up in the church parking lot at 9:00. We have 40 people going. And is Father Dominic going? No, he says he's unlucky. But luck has noth
- You gonna tell her? We don't even know if there's a story yet. Well, "Globe sues church"? It's gonna be a story.
- Hey, Lisa. Could you pull all the relevant clips on that for me? Yeah. Is this for Spotlight? Just drop them off when they're ready? Thanks.
- Excuse me, do you know where the publisher's office is? Will do.
- How are you, Marty? Settling in? Yeah, I think so. Good. What can I do for you? Um... I'd like to challenge the protective order in the Geoghan case. You want to sue the Catholic Church? Um.
- Marty, Lake Street will probably contact you about a face-to-face with the Cardinal. It's customary. Yeah. They already have. It's set up for next week. I wouldn't mention this. (ELEVATOR BELL
- Hello? Can I help you? Oh, hi. I'm Mike Rezendes from The Boston Globe. I'm here to see Mitchell Garabedian. He's on a call. Please have a seat. Okay. All right, I'm listening. Go ahead.
- Okay. MITCH: Bill! Where the hell are those papers? I asked you to put 'em on my desk!
- That is the way the system is set up. Yes. The Church is tough. So, your best shot is to try these cases in the press like I did on Porter. Hmm. But, you know, most of the victims, they don't
- Have you met Mitch Garabedian? MITCH: I asked you to write up that motion, Bill. I didn't ask you to file it.
- RECEPTIONIST: Hey, Bill, here's the case files from yesterday.
- The Church thinks in centuries, Mr. Rezendes. Do you think your paper has the resources to take that on? Yeah, I do. But if you don't mind me asking, do you? I can't talk to you right now, Mr
- Sharon? Yeah. Thank you. Can I at least talk to some of your clients? The victims? I'd really like to do that. Call me tomorrow, I gotta think about it. Thank you. Thanks. Yeah, yeah.
- I got more clips from the library. Leave 'em right there. Are you guys doing a story on the Church? No, we are not doing a story on the Church.
- Matt, you find anything on this guy, Phil Saviano? No. Who is he? He's part of a victims' organization. Kurkjian did a story on him right after the Porter case. There's a victims' organization
- You want me to track him down? Yeah. Bring him in. How much longer you need to get through the clips? I mean, a few days. There's a lot. Lisa's still sending up more. Okay. Hey, guys. I think
- Don't you know Jim Sullivan? Yeah. Why? Looks like the Church brought him in to help out.
- Jesus... Has anybody but Manny gotten the ball out of the infield? Nope. Why do you even bother with that thing? It distracts me from the game. Know what else is good for that? Oh, yeah. Good
- Off the record? Off the record I can't talk about it. All right. This related to the lawsuit? You know about that? Look, I don't know this guy Baron or what his agenda is. Frankly, I don't ca
- Put it over here. Let's go. Let's go. PRIEST: So the other day I was on the World Wide Web. Anything you want to know. It's right there. Now, I have to admit that as a priest, this makes me a
- Shouldn't you be golfing or something? Golfing's not a verb. And I couldn't get a tee time. Is that what they call it? "Tee time"? They also call it "a leisure activity." You ought to try it,
- I think we've got to start ignoring everybody on this one. I'm good with that. Mmm.
- Do you think Marty has any idea what's coming down the pike? Nope. I don't think he cares either. That's refreshing. Yeah. (MIKE CHUCKLES) Unless he's wrong.
- CARDINAL LAW: I've always been fascinated with the newspaper business. I used to sit in on the lectures with the Nieman fellows when I was at Harvard. I read that you were an editor once. Oh, y
- I was close with the Evers brothers. We took a stand on civil rights. Our readership was not pleased. They saw me as a meddling outsider.
- I can imagine. Tough seat to sit in, especially in a small town. I think you'll find that Boston's still a small town, too, Marty, in many ways. But if I can be of any help, Marty, don't hesita
- Thank you. Personally I'm of the opinion that for a paper to best perform its function, it really needs to stand alone.
- Ah. Of course. But my offer still stands. Thank you. (KNOCK ON DOOR) Come in.
- A little gift, Marty. Think of it as a Cardinal's guide to the city of Boston.
- I'm here to see Sacha Pfeiffer. Your name? Phil Saviano. Okay, just a minute.
- PHIL: So am I the first survivor you've talked to? ROBBY: Yeah, Phil. You are. Okay, well... First of all, let me say thank you for having me in today. And I want you to know that you have the
- I was 11, and I was preyed upon by Father David Holley in Worcester. And I don't mean prayed for. I mean preyed upon.
- I don't wanna say who, but they said that they weren't interested. Uh, but Phil, we did run a couple of stories on you. I saw them in the clips. Yeah, but to be completely frank, it wasn't enoug
- You guys gotta understand, this is big. This is not just Boston. It's the whole country. It's the whole world. And it goes right up to the Vatican. Do you have any proof of that, Phil? No, not
- May I use your bathroom? Yeah, sure, Phil. Come on.
- Well, what do you think? Well, the guy, he's got an agenda, that's for sure. You think? He's obviously been through a lot. But he's smart, and if he's right about 13 priests... Yeah, it might b
- Mitchell, what a surprise. How are you? I'm fine, Mr. Rezendes. Good. You know, I haven't heard back from you. I left you a couple of messages. I know. I've been very busy. I don't have time fo
- Spotlight's on this? Yeah, we're looking into it, but you gotta help me. You gotta let me talk to some of these victims, please.
- Please. (ELEVATOR BELL DINGS) Come back tomorrow. 9:30 a.m. Thank you.
- Ms. Pfeiffer? Joe? Hi. Oh, shoot. Oh, that's okay. Sorry. No, no problem. Please sit. Thank you. Is this table okay? This is perfect. I had a muffin while I was waiting. Two, actually. I
- MIKE: You don't mind if I take some notes, do you? Are you going to use my name? MITCH: No. Not if you don't want me to. No. I just had a kid. He's only one, but I'm not sure I want him to kno
- Where'd you live when it first happened? In the projects, over in Hyde Park. Over by the Stop & Shop? Yeah, you know it? Yeah, I drove a cab for a few years. Open early. Bad coffee, right? Y
- Just after my dad killed himself. Ah, jeez. He was a real piece of shit. And my mom, she wasn't so stable either. How do you mean? I mean, she was nuts. She was a schizophrenic. Same shit.
- When did you first meet Geoghan?
- (SIGHS) Well, my sister, she saw him over in the Dunkin' Donuts. Tells him about my old man passing, and he rushed right over. And there was this nun, Sister Barbara, and she ran this group for
- He was a street priest. Long hair. Very hip. He invited me to his apartment in Back Bay. Where in Back Bay? Beacon Street. Beacon. Okay. Are you from here? Uh, no. I grew up in Ohio, but my m
- So what happened on that first visit, Joe? Well, he was very nice at first, very funny, very casual. And I think he could tell I was gay, so he showed me this mobile he had, like, over a baby'
- And, uh, things went on from there.
- Can you tell me specifically what happened?
- Specifically, he... He molested me.
- Joe, I think that the language is going to be so important here. We can't sanitize this. Just saying "molest" isn't enough. People need to know what actually happened.
- We should probably get these to go. (CLEARS THROAT) Right. Geoghan shows up, and my mom, you know, she's... She's thrilled. I mean... This was like God showing up, you know? Sure. Right. So w
- He offers to take me to get ice cream. And, you know, he's a priest. I'm a kid, so I go. MIKE: Sure. So we're driving home and he...
- you know, then his hand just slides right up, and he grabs my dick. You know, I just froze up. I was fucking petrified, I couldn't move.
- I didn't know what to do. I was just a little kid.
- You know, I never even touched my ice cream. It just melted down my arm.
- Did you, um... Did you see him again after that?
- MITCH: All right. That's good. Let's stop there for now. MIKE: Sure. He said it was a way to make me more comfortable with my body. Mmm. So what happened after that? Well, he took off his clo
- And did you? Yeah. I know what you must be thinking, like, why would I ever do that to some creepy guy who's 30 years older than me, but... What you have to understand is that this is the first
- (SIGHS) It really messed me up. I'm sober now, but that... That was the beginning of it all.
- It's very confusing, you know,
- to be introduced to sex like that and then... And then to be attracted to men, it's...
- (SOBBING) I'm sorry. I knew I was gonna do this. Oh, I'm sorry. Don't be sorry. It's okay, Joe. It's okay. Of course there is a church right there. And a playground. Joe, did you ever try a
- He's one of the lucky ones. He's still alive.
- Do you want a cup of tea, Sacha? I'm okay, Nana. Thanks. Okay.
- ROBBY: Hey. You wanted to chat? Yeah, I'm late for a dinner. You wanna walk me out? Sure. Jeez. Does this guy ever go home? Apparently not. I got guys who won't leave till he does. He's wear
- You wanna elaborate on that? No. Not really. It just feels like this thing's stacking up. It's my gut. (SIGHS) Okay. Okay. Good. Thank you.
- Hello? SIPE: Mr. Rezendes? Uh, yeah. Who's this? It's Richard Sipe. Oh, yeah. Hey, Richard, how are you? I'm good. Uh, thanks for calling. Look... Phil Saviano gave me your name. I was wonde
- Hey, Mac. Hey. If I wanted historical data on a priest, parishes he'd been assigned to, where would I find that? The Geoghan case? It's all in the clips. Lisa has the source material. Yeah, w
- He said they all target the same kind of kid. Low-income families, absentee fathers, broken homes. So a guy like Geoghan goes after boys not because he prefers them, but because they have more
- These guys are predators, Robby. And I talked to Sipe. He said he'd seen dozens of them in the '60s in Seton. He called it a "phenomenon." Why didn't he go public? He did, but the Church made
- Jesus. What the hell is that smell? There's a dead rat in the corner. What have you got? Church directories. It's every priest in Massachusetts. What parish they're assigned to. MIKE: Are th
- Here ya go. Let me see this. Barrett. Barrett. Liam. I can't read that. Look for a Liam Barrett in there. 1991's the year they pulled him out of Charlestown.
- Yeah. "Sick leave." It's an official designation.
- Let's get these upstairs. (CELL PHONE RINGING) And, Matt, check on those priests Saviano gave us. Robby. Yeah. SACHA: Hey, I'm down at the courthouse. Something's not right here. Nothing on Sha
- Thanks for waiting. So sorry, guys. Stuck on a call. ROBBY: Not a problem. How are you? Good. Thanks for meeting us. You bet. What's up, guys? Mr. Macleish, are you familiar with a priest named
- As I'm sure you can understand, I can't discuss that with you. How about, uh, Father Ronald Paquin? Well, I can't discuss that with you either. Come on, guys.
- We understand you've settled several cases against each of them. Even if I'd been involved in those cases, the settlements would be confidential, and I could be disbarred for acknowledging thei
- (CHUCKLES) Do you guys need anything else? Yes. Why aren't there any records? I was down at the courthouse earlier. There aren't any records of any of these settlements.
- I'm sorry. What was the name again? Uh, Baron. B-A-R-O-N.
- I'm having trouble finding it. Just give me a second. It's okay, Kim, I can vouch for him. I'm Pete Conley, I'm on the board of Catholic Charities. Welcome to Boston, Mr. Baron. Thank you. I
- Uh, to be honest, these events aren't really my strong suit. Yeah. Are you involved with the charity? Not directly, no. Several of my friends are. We all went to high school. BC High. That's t
- WAITER: Shrimp toast, gentlemen? No, thanks. No. You said one of the victims filed a criminal complaint? Yeah, there were a few of them.
- But the judge had the case records sealed after friends of the Church complained. And the Church has a lot of friends. Like Eric Macleish?
- (CHUCKLES) Yeah. Let's just say he's not part of the solution. You follow what I'm saying? Sure. You work hard, Mr. Rezendes. Are you married? Yeah. Your wife doesn't mind you working all th
- That's why I never got married. I'm too busy. What I do is too important. Hmm.
- Your new editor, he's a Jew right?
- Oh, that's right, yeah. Yeah, see, he comes in and suddenly everybody's interested in the Church. You know why? Because it takes an outsider, like me. I'm Armenian. How many Armenians do you
- making the rest of us feel like we don't belong. But they're no better than us. Look at how they treat their children.
- Mark my words, Mr. Rezendes, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one. (INDISTINCT CHATTER) Hey, here he is. Want a beer? Love one. Another. You here with Barb
- (SIGHS) Hey, I had an interesting conversation with Eric Macleish the other day. Turns out he's been settling abuse cases with the archdiocese for years. You really wanna talk about this here?
- (CLEARS THROAT) How many of these cases have you been involved with?
- You know I can't answer that, Robby. It's unethical.
- (SIGHS) So, this would be the Robby Robinson I've always heard about but never met.
- Listen to me, Jimmy. You wanna be on the right side of this.
- This is the Church you're talking about, Robby. Look around. These are good people, done a lot of good for this city.
- (INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS) MATT: I've been through a lot of these now. "Sick leave" isn't the only designation they use when they take one of these priests out of circulation. They use a slew o
- Now, most of them are having sex with other adults. But the fact remains that this creates a culture of secrecy that tolerates and even protects pedophiles. So you believe the Church is aware o
- My estimates suggest 6% act out sexually with minors. Uh, 6% of what? 6% of all priests. How many priests do we have in Boston? About 1,500. 1% is 15. 6% is All right, 90 priests. Is that po
- Ninety fucking priests? In Boston? That's what he said. If there were 90 of these bastards, people would know. Maybe they do. And no one said a thing? Good Germans? I don't think that's a comp
- Wait, but... Meeting's over? ROBBY: Yeah, for now.
- Look, what've you got? What if we work backwards? What do you mean? From what? From the directories. We've been using them to confirm bad priests. What if we do it the other way around? Use th
- LIBRARY WORKER: Library is closing.
- SACHA: Talbot. MATT: Yeah. SACHA: Tivnan. MATT: Yeah. Toma. Yeah. Turnbull. Yeah. Walsh. Yeah. Welsh. Yeah. That's it. That's it. Holy shit. Robby? That's three off Sipe's estimate. T
- Call Macleish. I wanna talk to him. Okay. Can you print it? Sure can.
- SECRETARY: Jim Sullivan's office. Yeah, Walter Robinson for Jim Sullivan. Tell him it's important, please. One moment, please.
- JIM: Hey, Robby. Everything okay? I need you to tell me something, Jim. Could it be 90 priests? What? Could it be as high as 90? Jesus, Robby. I need to know, Jim. I wouldn't be asking if it
- You gotta stop this, Robby. (HANGS UP)
- Robby, Macleish's assistant said he's all booked up, he can't see us. Yeah. Well, the hell he can't.
- You know what, I'll catch up with you, okay? We're good. Hey, guys, I'm really sorry, I am, but I don't have any time to talk right now, but if you call my assistant... Mr. Macleish, we have
- Are you threatening me? We've got two stories here. We've got a story about degenerate clergy, and we've got a story about a bunch of lawyers turning child abuse into a cottage industry. Now,
- I already sent you a list of names. What're you talking about? To whom? The Globe. Years ago. After the Porter case. I got plenty of calls. I had 20 priests in Boston alone, but I couldn't go
- I want those names tomorrow. Check your goddamn clips, Robby.
- SACHA: We didn't find anything in the clips. Yeah. Big surprise.
- Richard, do you still go to mass? SIPE: No. No, I haven't been to church for some time now. But I still consider myself a Catholic. How does that work? Well, the church is an institution, Mike
- Who is it? BEN: It's the archbishop of Canterbury.
- I had dinner at Santarpio's, had some leftovers. Ah, you're the freakin' best. Thanks. You want a beer? Yeah. You got it. Jesus. How much longer you gonna be in this shithole? Yeah. I'm worki
- So, where are we with the 90? We're close. How close? We're close. Just answer the question, will you?
- We got 87 names. We're trying to get confirmation. I think we will.
- (SIGHS) Something bugging you? It's just surprising, that's all. Yeah. Yeah, it is. For everybody.
- Oh, hey, Ben. I forgot to ask you. Phil Saviano said he sent a bunch of info over to the Globe years ago. Do you have any idea to who? No, why? Well, I'm just curious. I wanted to see if there
- Good night. Yeah, good night. (DOOR CLOSING)
- BEN: This is unbelievable. MARTY: When did you get this? ROBBY: Macleish emailed the list this morning. He settled cases against 45 priests. Where are we on Law? Anything that shows he had kno
- I think that's the bigger story.
- Bigger than 50 priests? If it came from the top down, yes. But the numbers clearly indicate that there were senior clergy involved. MARTY: That's all they do. Indicate. Are you telling me th
- (SIGHING) We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy. Show me the Church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn't have to face charges. Show
- Sounds like we're going after Law.
- We're going after the system.
- Make a list of all the victims we have. Start reaching out. And bring Matt in if you need help. Mmm-hmm. Okay. Hey, when you go to Springfield? Our hearing is Monday. ROBBY: Okay. Hey, Robby,
- (CLICKS TONGUE) We'll tell 'em soon. You sure?
- Hi there. I'm Sacha Pfeiffer. I'm with The Boston Globe. I was just looking for a gentleman by the name of Matthew Walsh. Uh... No, he's not.
- (INDISTINCT) Yeah, okay. Okay. (KNOCKING ON DOOR)
- Hi. Hi. I'm Sacha Pfeiffer from The Boston Globe. Yeah, what do you want? I'd like to speak with Thomas Kennedy. He doesn't live here anymore. Do you know where he lives? Sir, I'd just like
- Uh, Sacha Pfeiffer, Boston Globe. WOMAN: Oh, yeah, hi. Hi. Thank you. Anything else you can recall? No, but I got a cousin in Quincy. She saw him in the street a few years later. MAN: The Bi
- WOMAN: There was a lot of pressure to keep quiet. From the Church? Yeah, from the Church. But not just the Church. From my friends, from the other parishioners. SIPE: Well, many of the prie
- Hi there. I'm looking for Ronald Paquin. Yes? You're Father Paquin? Yes, that's right.
- I'm Sacha Pfeiffer from The Boston Globe. Okay. Could I ask you a few questions? Go ahead, dear. We spoke to several men who you knew when they were boys at St. John the Baptist in Haverhill.
- They told us you molested them. Is that true?
- Sure I fooled around, but I never felt gratified myself.
- Right. Um, but you admit to molesting boys at St. John the Baptist? Yes, yes, but as I said, I never got any pleasure from it. That's important to understand. Right. Um, but can you tell me
- (SIGHS) I want to be clear, I never raped anyone. There's a difference. I should know. How would you know? I was raped.
- I'm sorry, who raped you? JANE: Ronnie, who're you talking to? It's okay, Jane. Father Paquin, who raped you? Who are you? Uh... Sacha Pfeiffer, from the Globe. Please get off my porch. I ca
- BOY 1: Beat you to the end of the street! BOY 2: No, you won't. I beat you last time! BOY 1: No, you didn't, you cheated! You did!
- Could you please clarify the Globe's position for me, Mr. Albano? ALBANO: Yes, Judge Sweeney.
- Our argument to make these documents public rests mainly on First Amendment grounds. We also have a number of other relevant arguments. After all, Your Honor, this was a discretionary order.
- He didn't try and hide it at all. He had this really odd rationalization for it. Like it was totally normal to fool around with little boys. I'd really like to go back. I think he'd talk to u
- There's nothing personal in these documents, Your Honor. They concern how the Cardinal is handling... Say "the archdiocese." ALBANO: Excuse me? You don't get to tag the Cardinal with everythin
- Tell me the half of it, Mitch.
- Off the record? Off the record, yeah.
- (GRUMBLING) These guys got the fucking documents.
- Docket entry number 49, it's in the Geoghan case. We're closing in 10 minutes. Ten minutes? All right.
- Robby. MIKE: Hey, it's me. Hey. You're not gonna believe it. Garabedian gave me a tip. Some of the sealed docs are already public. They're part of a motion he filed. He said they're the best
- NEWS ANCHOR ON TV: ...whether this was truly an accident or someone committed an intentional act. But either way, extensive damage has been done to this building.
- MARTY: What happened? They're saying it's a prop plane, but that's not a prop plane.
- Tell Linda to get every reporter we have in here now.
- CARDINAL LAW ON TV: You pray for the victims, you pray for the injured, and you pray for those who survived. You pray, too, for the nation.
- PHIL: Look, I get it, no one wants to read about kids getting raped by priests. Especially now. But you asked a lot of people to relive some very painful experiences, and you just disappear.
- You're doing the same thing you guys did last time. No. You're dropping us. No. Maybe I should tell the Herald that story.
- Okay, Phil, you go ahead and do that. It will undo all the work we've done, but I can't stop you.
- Listen to me. I am here because I care.
- We're not going away. We're gonna tell this story, we're gonna tell it right. We just need a little more time. That's all we're asking for. (SCOFFS) Why bother asking? You're gonna do what you
- Hey. ROBBY: How's South Beach? Boynton Beach. Remarkably different place. What's up? Mitch Garabedian called me today. Why'd he call you? 'Cause he knew you'd yell at him. He refiled the docs
- Robby, I'd like to let Phil Saviano know that we're back on it. Good idea. Go have dinner with Hansi. Might be the last time for a while. Mmm-hmm.
- Robby, after we saw Macleish, I started going back through the clips, and I had a little time last week finally. So, um, I found that. It's from '93.
- Good night. Okay, good night.
- So, I was probably a few years after you, right? No, you were more than a few. (CHUCKLES) Believe me. Well, after BC High, I came down to Providence and played hockey for the Friars. Oh, wel
- I need to ask you some questions about Father Talbot.
- How'd you find out? Well... I guess it doesn't matter.
- And I never even told my wife. (ELEVATOR BELL DINGS) Excuse me.
- Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey! I need to get in there. We're closed. Come on, let me in. Five minutes. I'm sorry, we're closed. Come on. Five minutes.
- This is the Geoghan case? That's right. Those records are sealed. No. That's a public motion. Those records are public. Look, I work for the Globe. Good for you.
- Can I talk to your supervisor? He's not in today. What about a judge? There must be judges that work on this kind of thing. Sixth floor.
- Is that why we're here, to get on the same page? No, we're here because you're an important alumnus, Robby, and a friend. Exactly, and we know you care about this school as much as we do.
- Did you play a sport here, Jack? Yeah. Football. Why? ROBBY: Mmm. I ran track. You know, I went to Providence yesterday to talk to one of Father Talbot's victims. He played hockey here. And,
- About 10 minutes into the conversation, the guy breaks down. You know, couldn't stop crying.
- Said he could never figure out why Father Talbot picked him.
- Father Talbot coached the hockey team.
- Does Jack Dunn work for the school? No, he's PR for Boston College. They call him when they need help. And Pete Conley? Why was he there? Good question. Pete's a big alum, but I called Bill
- Judge Volterra? Yes. Hi, I'm Mike Rezendes from The Boston Globe. Um, I'm having some trouble accessing some public records down in the records room. I was wondering if I could have a word
- These exhibits you're after, Mr. Rezendes, they're very sensitive records. With all due respect, Your Honor, that's not the question. The records are public.
- Maybe so, but tell me, where's the editorial responsibility in publishing records of this nature? Well, where's the editorial responsibility in not publishing them?
- MAN: You can't take those. You need to make copies. I'm going to the copy room. It closed at 4:00.
- Hey, cabbie! (WHISTLING) Hey! Hey! Hey! (BRAKES SQUEALING) Take me to The Boston Globe on Morrissey Boulevard. Don't take 93. Take Dorchester Avenue.
- You finished? Yeah, I am. This is bullshit.
- Hey, Hansi. Hard day at work, Mike?
- Here. Thank you. I don't know why I got so pissed off. You know, I think Robby's wrong. You know, you're just... You care about the story, Mike. We all do.
- I stopped going to church with my Nana.
- It was... It was too hard. You know, I'd be sitting there, and I'd start thinking about Joe Crowley or someone else and I just... I just got so angry. Did you tell her why?
- She goes to church three times a week, Mike.
- (SIGHING) It really pisses me off. You know,
- I actually really liked going to church when I was a little kid. Mmm. Why'd you stop? Typical shit. But the weird thing is,
- I think I... I think I figured that maybe one day... (CHUCKLES) I would actually go back.
- I was really... I was holding on to that. Mmm. I read those letters, and... And something just cracked.
- It's a shitty feeling. Yeah.
- (MUSIC PLAYING) Looks like a long day. Hey, Pete. I'm sorry to make it longer. (CHUCKLES) Brian. Has anyone ever said no to a drink with you, Pete? (LAUGHING) Well, sure. But the trick is to
- You know, (CLEARS THROAT) you got a lot of people here who respect you, Robby, the work you do. That's good to know. You know, it's because you care about this place. It's why you do what you
- You know, but people need the Church, more than ever right now. You know, you can feel it. And the Cardinal... You know, the Cardinal, he might not be perfect, but we can't throw out all the g
- Now, you know, I'm bringing this up to you because I know this is Baron's idea, his agenda. I gotta tell ya, I mean, honest to God, I mean, he doesn't care about this city the way we do. I mea
- This is how it happens, isn't it, Pete? What's that? A guy leans on a guy, and suddenly the whole town just looks the other way.
- Robby. Robby, look it, Marty Baron is just trying to make his mark. He's gonna be here for a couple of years, and he's gonna move on. Just like he did in New York and Miami.
- Good night, Robby. Brian. Hey, Pete. Yeah? Uh... When we do run the story, uh, I'm gonna need a comment from the Cardinal.
- We'll talk again later. Good night, Robby. Good night, Pete.
- Robby. What? No shit. When? (EXHALES) Okay. Yeah.
- Hey! What's up? Sweeney ruled in our favor. She ruled to unseal the documents. Jeez!
- The Church has already filed an appeal, but the trial court ruling is generally upheld in these matters. And when would we get the documents? Probably takes Cohen a few weeks to rule, then the
- You're gonna have to step out, Peter. I'm not stepping out. (SCOFFS)
- (SIGHING) When did you, uh... A couple of weeks ago. A couple of weeks? Yeah. BEN: And you're telling us now? These are substantial. They clearly show that Law was negligent. I need more time
- I think I can get us someone from the other side of the aisle. Somebody inside the Church? Yeah, a lawyer. Will he go on the record? (SNIFFS) Deep background. But he's a solid source.
- Rezendes needs time to write the story. We don't wanna drop it at Christmas, not after 9/11.
- We could run it just after New Year's, before they release the rest of the documents.
- All right. Tell Canellos to bury the ruling in Metro. You got six weeks. Thank you. Tell Mike I want a draft by Christmas. And we need a response from Lake Street. Who does PR for the Cardina
- Round yon virgin, mother and child Holy infant, so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace (SOBBING)
- Silent night, holy night Shepherds quake At the sight Glory streams from heaven above
- Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
- Oh, Robby. What a nice surprise. Come on in.
- Hey, hon, look who I found outside.
- Karen, can you give us a minute?
- Sure. Good to see you, Karen.
- I'm out of time, Jim. We've got cover-up stories on 70 priests, but the boss isn't gonna run it unless I get confirmation from your side.
- Are you out of your mind? Come on. This is our town, Jimmy. Everybody knew something was going on, and no one did a thing.
- We gotta put an end to it. Don't tell me what I gotta do. Yeah, I helped defend these scumbags, but that's my job, Robby. I was doing my job! Yeah. You and everyone else.
- You come to my home and lay this shit on me! You were right, Robby. We all knew somethin' was going on. So where were you?
- MIKE: Larry, we're going to press in six hours. MATT: Donna Morrisey said she'd called us with a quote from Law hours ago. That's what I thought. When did you talk to her? Okay, okay, Larry.
- Hey, Donna. Thanks for calling. Yeah, I just had a few questions if you have a minute.
- He might be tough. But he has no problem helping the Church protect dozens of dirty priests. Guy's a scumbag. He's a lawyer, he's doing his job. He's a shill for the Church. BEN: He knew and
- Macleish sent us a letter on 20 priests, years ago. Sacha found the clip. You freaking kidding me? 20 priests? BEN: When? Uh, just after Porter. December '93. We buried the story in Metro. No
- You were Metro. Yeah. That was me. I'd just taken over. I don't remember it at all. But yeah...
- MARTY: Um... Can I say something here?
- Sometimes it's easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around in the dark. Suddenly a light gets turned on, and there's a fair share of blame to go around.
- I can't speak to what happened before I arrived,
- but, um, all of you have done some very good reporting here. Reporting that I believe is gonna have an immediate and considerable impact on our readers. For me, this kind of story is why we do
- But I will need you back here Monday morning focused and ready to do your job.
- (KNOCKING ON DOOR) Leaving? Yeah.
- I, uh, just got a call from the Cardinal. Really. Why? He wanted to tell me personally that he decided not to comment. Yeah, said he wanted to extend me that courtesy. Jesus, the balls on tha
- Sacha, can I have a drink of water?
- Sure. I thought you should see it first. Thank you for bringing it by.
- I have some clients I have to attend to. (MITCH EXHALES)
- MITCH: Both kids were abused. Jamaica Plain. Two weeks ago.
- Keep doing your work, Mr. Rezendes.
- Hello. CHILDREN: Hello. How are you guys doing? We're good. MITCH: Good.
- MATT: Hey. Morning. How'd you sleep? Not very well. You? I haven't slept well for months. Mmm. Oh, thanks. I actually started writing. Writing? Yeah, I've been working on a book. Gives me so
- Spotlight. Yeah. Yeah, of course. Can I get your name, please?
- You do know it's Sunday, right? I couldn't get a tee time.
- No picketers. Yeah. Probably still at church.
- Hey, Linda. It's quiet, huh? Yeah, easiest overtime I ever made. Phone hasn't rung once. Marty sent two of mine down to Spotlight.
- Great article, guys. BOTH: Thank you. Spotlight?
- Okay. Send him over. WOMAN: Spotlight, can I help you? Phones have been ringing all morning.
- Mike, can you grab that? Yeah, yeah.
- They're almost all victims, Robby.
- It's very tough to talk about, I know... Yes, you can reach me here... This is Spotlight. (PHONES CONTINUE RINGING) (ALL CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY)
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Walter 'Robby' Robinson - Michael Keaton
Sacha Pfeiffer - Rachel McAdams
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Steve Kurkjian - Gene Amoroso
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Joe Crowley - Michael Cyril Creighton
Pete Conley - Paul Guilfoyle
Richard Gilman - Michael Countryman
Young Cop - Tim Whalen
Cop in Coffee Shop - Martin Roach
Sports Editor - Brad Borbridge
Bishop - Don Allison
Linda - Patty Ross
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Judge Volterra - Robert Clarke
Jack Dunn - Gary Galone
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Judge Sweeney - Laurie Heineman
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Middle Aged Man - Brett Cramp
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Wilson Rogers - Laurie Murdoch
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Young Reporter - Krista Morin
Jim's Wife - Paula Barrett
Stewart - Mairtin O'Carrigan
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Jane Paquin - Nancy E. Carroll
Kevin - Anthony Paolucci
Lisa Tuite - Michele Proude
Ronald Paquin - Richard O'Rourke
Cardinal Law - Len Cariou
Clerk O'Brian - Dennis Lynch
Sheila - Stefanie Drummond
Weeping Man - Mark McGrinder
Rectory Priest - Richard Fitzpatrick
Disgruntled Man - Tom Driscoll
Library Security - Jeffrey Samai
Woman Interviewee - Moira Driscoll
Angry Man - Forrest Weber
Older Southie Woman - Doreen Spencer
Receptionist - Janet Pinnick
Receptionist - Shannon McDonough
Girl at Garabedian's - Shannon Ruth
Boy at Garabedian's - Daniel Ruth
Mother at Garabedian's - Jennifer Ruth
Bad Priest - Timothy Mooney
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Angry Man's Sister (as Donna Jahier) - Donna Sue Jahier
Red Sox Announcer (voice) - Edward Brickley
Husband at Church - David Afflick
Baseball Fan - Giovanni Alabiso
Veronica - Lana Antonova
Restaurant Patron - Raffi Atamian
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Passerby - Sophia Bellas
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Senior Editor - James Chilli Chillingworth
Globe Employee - Terry Conforti
Boston Globe Reporter - Guy Cooper
Photographer - Jeffrey Corazzini
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Globe Reporter - Kevin Fennessy
Pedestrian - John Franchi
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Pedestrian - Mark Haggett
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Boston Globe Staff - Rosemary Howard
Pedestrian - Steven Howitt
Richard Sipe - Richard Jenkins
Red Sox Fan - Glenn W. Kane
Librarian - Colleen Kelly
Boston Reporter - Elena Khan
Paralegal - Robert Kinar
Master Chef - Frantz Louizia
Baseball Fan - Jamie Mazareas
Playground Kid - Gavin Monteiro
Passerby - Jill Morgan
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Globe Staff - George J. Vezina
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Maureen - Teresa Wilson