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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story




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For spending much of her life helping the poor and unfortunate, the late Dorothy Day was known as the American Mother Teresa. This biopic tells her inspirational story. The film begins in 1917 when Day was living in Greenwich Village, hanging out with such notorious liberals as Eugene O'Neill and working as a politically active radical journalist strongly supporting women's suffrage. Back then, Day was equally committed to fast living and free loving. As a result she ends up pregnant. After suffering a devastating abortion, the traumatized Day leaves the Village and spends the next two years on Staten Island living with Forster Batterham, a former crony from her bohemian days. She later bears his daughter. Not long afterward, her friendship with the selfless Sister Aloyisius, a nun who has devoted her own life helping the poor, causes Day to look deeply at her professed atheism and she eventually adopts Catholicism. Later mother and child move to Manhattan sans Forster. There Day begins working with the needy while trying to reestablish her career. Instead of returning to radical writing, Day co-founds The Catholic Worker, a newspaper dedicated to her new cause and to criticizing the rigid class distinctions of the Establishment that only serve to keep the poor oppressed and hopeless. Along the way, Day is occasionally assisted by French philosopher/activist Peter Maurin who sticks by her even when critics attempt to vilify her by calling her a communist sympathizer and a socialist.more
Rating: PG-13 (For mild profanity and mature themes.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Wells
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On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Paulist Productions


Moira Kelly
as Dorothy Day
Martin Sheen
as Peter Maurin
Melinda Dillon
as Sister Aloysius
Lenny Von Dohlen
as Forster Batterham
Paul Lieber
as Mike Gold
Geoffrey Blake
as Floyd Dell
James Lancaste
as Eugene O'Neill
Boyd Kestner
as Lionel Moise
Tracey Walker
as Joe Bennett
Tracy Walker
as Joe Bennett
Brian Keith
as The Cardinal
Thom Adcox
as Dan Irwin
Marianne Muellerleil...
as German Landlady
Redmond Gleeson
as Irish Man
John Michael Quinn
as M.C. Parish Dinner
Larry Udy
as Heckler at March
Peggy Roeder
as Prison Matron
Val Bettin
as Mr. Breen
Gina Minervini
as Mrs. Matarazzo
Ana Mercedes
as Spanish Woman
Greg Apparrcel
as Priest at Baptism
Ellwood E. Kieser
as Priest at Confession
Mary Ostrow
as Young Nurse
Jack Knight
as Eviction Landlord
Ellwood E. Kieser
as Priest at Confession
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Leo L

Super Reviewer


when telling a true story, most films skip the tricky parts, or dwell on the most depressing scenarios. this film tells it's true story well and honestly. beside that important factor it is lovely to look at and has a subtle but moving score. Very inspiring and definetly worth a looksy. Many Christian movies are(and I say this because it's true) trash. They hold no depth or substance, but on rare occasion you will find a film like entertaining Angels that is told with an obvious real passion that lends honesty to it's tale. Very well made, and enjoyble.

Erica B.

A little known gem of a movie with an inspiring story. Martin Sheen and Moira Kelly are facinating in thier roles.

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