Conspiracy of Silence (2004)

Conspiracy of Silence



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Movie Info

U.K. filmmaker John Deery makes his writing and directing feature debut with the religious drama Conspiracy of Silence, dealing with the controversial topic of reforming the Catholic Church. At an Irish seminary school, student Daniel McLaughlin (Jonathan Forbes) is caught in a compromising position with fellow male student Noel (Owen McDonnell). He is subsequently kicked out of school and considers marrying his ex-girlfriend Sinead (Catherine Walker). Meanwhile, reporter David Foley (Jason … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Deery
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 19, 2005


as David Foley

as Daniel McLaughlin

as Annie McLaughlin

as Fr. Sweeney

as Fr. Jack Dowling

as Rector Cathal

as Fr. Joseph Ennis

as Fr. Matthew Francis

as Fr. Murphy

as Liz Foley

as Monsignor Thomas

as Bishop Michael Quinn

as Himself

as Mrs. McDermott

as Mary McLaughlin

as Fr. Martin Hennessy

as Jim O'Brien

as Majella

as Fitzpatrick

as Fr. Doherty

as Mrs. McGlynn
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Critic Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (14)

Isn't quite up to the task of intelligently advocating for change.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The need to portray the powers-that-be at all levels -- from the Vatican to the local parish -- in the worst possible light intrudes upon the movie, making it feel like a personal vendetta.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Certainly a debate over the church's tradition of an unmarried clergy ... could be a good and worthy one. But a quick, clumsy melodrama -- complete with awkward, pop-scored sex scenes -- isn't the best venue.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.

December 3, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence

Interesting insights into the cloistered life of priests. The movie examines the concept of celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church, showing the hypocritical, political, and detrimental effects it has on them. Good cast. Decently done.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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