The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)




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The great achievement of The Boys of St. Vincent is not that it deals with the controversial subject of pedophilia among Catholic clergy, but that it deals with that subject so honestly, without resorting to melodramatics. At the core of this powerful film lies Henry Czerny's searing performance as Brother Peter Lavin. Czerny deftly shows in the film's first half how Lavin used the double-edged sword of adult and religious authority to intimidate his charges. And in the second half, when Lavin is confronted with the monstrousness of his crimes, Czerny's ability to construct a plausible set of denials (if you had seen only this part of the film, you might be tempted to believe him) lifts the film above a simple case study. Lavin's character, a man who translated his own troubled childhood into pain and affliction for others, is one of the most fascinating psychological studies in contemporary film. Co-writer and director John N. Smith is also to be praised for tamping down the urge to embroider this story with unnecessary flourishes. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Television
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Henry Czerny
as Brother Lavin
Johnny Morina
as Kevin Reevey Age 10
Brian Dodd
as Steven Lunny Age 10
Lise Roy
as Chantal Lavin
Sebastian Spence
as Kevin Reevey Age 25
Brian Dooley
as Detective Noseworthy
David Hewlett
as Steven Lunny Age 25
Timothy Webber
as Brian Lunny Age 30
Sam Grana
as Monsignor
Sheena Larkin
as Commission Lawyer
Mary Walsh
as Lenora
Jon Hoddinott
as Billy Lunny
Jonathan Lewis
as Eddie Linnane
Philip Dinn
as Mike Finn
Greg Thomey
as Brother Glackin
Michael Wade
as Brother MacLaverty
Ashley Billard
as Brian Lunny Age 16
Alain Goulem
as Brother Glynn
Maurice Podbrey
as Arch Bishop
Ed Martin
as Tom Kennedy
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Critic Reviews for The Boys of St. Vincent

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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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May 31, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Boys of St. Vincent


If you thought "Spotlight" was wrenching, get ready for a real gut punch from this Canadian drama about abuse in a church orphanage! The first two-hour part focuses on the abuse and the second part focuses on the fall out many years later as the children have grown into young adults. The injustice is transporting. The always excellent Henry Czerny gives a compelling performance as the overbearing Brother Lavin, the primary motivator at the orphanage. Johnny Morina is brilliant as one of the primary victims of the brothers. The film is a bit low-budget, apparently made for Canadian television, but is nevertheless well crafted. "The Boys of St. Vincent" is moving, terrifying and insightful. Highly recommended.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Only seen the first movie in this 2-movie series...and it makes you want to see the second, "10 Years Later", for sure. Extremely sad but gripping drama about boys being molested by priests, and then given the cold shoulder by law enforcement once they come out and tell the truth. Definitely worth a watch

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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