• 2015
  • R
  • 128 min
  • USA
  • biography, crime, drama

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

Director: Tom McCarthy

Writer: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery

Won 2016 Academy Awards Award for Best Picture

Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.

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  • Tom McCarthy
    Tom McCarthy
    Thomas Joseph McCarthy (born 1966) is an American actor, writer, and film director who has appeared in several movies, including Meet the Parents and Good Night, and Good Luck, and television shows such as The Wire, Boston Public, Law & Order, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Saint Maybe. McCarthy has received critical acclaim for his writing/direction work for the independent...

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Tagline: Break the story. Break the silence.

Certificate: R

Genres: biography, crime, drama

Categories: pedophilia, boston globe the newspaper, journalism, boston massachusetts, child abuse, cardinal, lawyer, year 2001, priest, archdiocese, scandal, judge, court, cover up, catholic, catholic church, catholicism, investigative journalism


Producer: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust

Editor: Tom McArdle

Casting: Kerry Barden, John Buchan, Jason Knight, Paul Schnee

Director of photography: Masanobu Takayanagi

Original music composer: Howard Shore

Costume design: Wendy Chuck

Executive producer: Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Pierre Omidyar, Michael Bederman, Bard Dorros, Josh Singer, Tom Ortenberg, Peter Lawson, Xavier Marchand

Associate producer:

Production design: Stephen H. Carter

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 128 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Color