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Savage Messiah (2002)

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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »

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Mario Azzopardi

Writer:

Sharon Riis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Polly Walker ... Paula Jackson
Luc Picard ... Roch 'Moïse' Thériault
Isabelle Blais ... Lise
Louis Ferreira ... Vern (as Justin Louis)
Isabelle Cyr ... Danielle
Julie La Rochelle Julie La Rochelle ... Suzette
Pascale Montpetit ... Marie-Claude
Elizabeth Robertson Elizabeth Robertson ... Magdalene
Domini Blythe ... Gayle
John Dunn-Hill ... Old Man at Farm
Kyra Azzopardi Kyra Azzopardi ... Aline
Tony Robinow Tony Robinow ... Judge Bonnard
Claude Préfontaine ... Marie-Claude's Father
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Rod's Wife
Robert Higden ... Grocery Store Owner / Clerk
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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings uncovered disturbing mental and physical abuses of this cult's members by its maniacal leader. Soon, Jackson found herself fighting to save Moses's followers. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mirabel, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD4,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,015,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,015,671
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Roch Thériault was found dead in his cell in Dorchester, New Brunswick, he was 63 years old (1947-2011). See more »

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Powerful Wolf in TV Movie Clothes
28 December 2004 | by Big Man-6See all my reviews

Gripping, if flawed, version of the events surrounding Rock Theriault's commune/sect in 1980s Quebec.

Mario Azzopardi's TV training (Stargate, Outer Limits) is weirdly effective in that the look of the film – all 'movie of the week' clichés (flat lighting, static camera) – makes the coarse language and violence all the more jarring and effective.

And if Polly Walker (Patriot Games) does little to dispel this atmosphere, the performances of Isabelle Blais (The Barbarian Invasions) and (in particular) Luc Picard as Theriault go along way to dignifying an otherwise standard and manipulative affair.


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