Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)




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This biographical drama was based on the true story of Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic who devoted much of her life to working with the poor and homeless on New York City's Lower East Side. Born in an Episcopalian household in 1897, Day (played by Moira Kelly) was a free-thinking agnostic in her young adulthood; she contributed to radical leftist journals and was friends with the likes of Eugene O'Neill (James Lancaste) and Mike Gold (Paul Lieber). After undergoing a painful abortion and giving birth to another child out of wedlock after her lover, Foster Batterham (Lenny Von Dohlen), abandoned her rather than marry, Day embraced Catholicism, a faith she would cling to strongly for the rest of her life. Day's leftist politics and her sense of personal activism remained; she established a political journal, "The Catholic Worker," in association with self-described Christian anarchist Peter Maurin (Martin Sheen), and was a tireless and outspoken champion of the rights of the poor and disenfranchised. Day came under heavy criticism for her political and social activism; as she put it, "If you feed the poor, you're called a saint, but if you ask why they're poor, you're called a Communist." However, Day continued her mission undaunted until her death in 1980, when she was called America's Mother Teresa. Entertaining Angels was produced by Paulist Pictures, a Catholic organization who also produced Romero, another film about a noted Catholic activist.
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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
Allyce Beasley
as Frankie
Brian Keith
as The Cardinal
Thom Adcox
as Dan Irwin
Mary Greening
as Eleanor
Marianne Muellerleile
as German Landlady
Brian Libby
as Homer
Kirsten Holmquist
as Irish Girl
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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Audience Reviews for Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story


Leo L
Leo L

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This movie made me despise this woman whom they called Dorothy Day. ... That probably wasn't the director's intended effect.

James Jackson
James Jackson

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.
Erica B.

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