Plot – “Spotlight” tells the story of the team of investigative journalists of the Boston Globe nicknamed Spotlight, who in 2002 shocked the city with its revelations about the systematic cover-up by the Catholic Church of sexual child abuse committed by over 70 local priests, an investigation rewarded with the Pulitzer Prize. When the new Boston Globe's director Marty Baron arrives from Miami to direct the newspaper in the summer of 2001, he immediately instructs the Spotlight team to investigate a local story about a priest accused of sexually abusing dozens of young parishioners over a period of thirty years. Aware of the risks involved in putting themselves on the line against an institution like the Catholic Church in Boston, the managing editor of the Spotlight team, Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters Sacha Pfeiffer and Michael Rezendes and computer research specialist Matt Carroll begin to investigate the case. Gradually that journalists of Robinson's team speak with the lawyer of the victims, Mitchell Garabedian, interview adults molested as children and try to gain access to court documents that have been kept secret. It then becomes increasingly clear that the cover-up of abuse cases is systematic and that the phenomenon is much more serious and widespread than anyone could imagine.
All actors – Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Elena Wohl, Gene Amoroso, Doug Murray, Sharon McFarlane, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff, Billy Crudup, Robert B. Kennedy, Duane Murray, Brian Chamberlain, Michael Cyril Creighton, Paul Guilfoyle, Michael Countryman, Tim Whalen, Martin Roach, Brad Borbridge, Don Allison, Patty Ross, Paloma Nuñez, Robert Clarke, Gary Galone, David Fraser, Paulette Sinclair, Laurie Heineman, Elena Juatco, Nancy Villone, Wendy Merry, Siobhan Murphy, Eileen Padua, Darrin Baker, Brett Cramp, Joe Stapleton, Maureen Keiller, Jimmy LeBlanc, Tim Progosh, Neion George, Laurie Murdoch, Zarrin Darnell-Martin, Krista Morin, Paula Barrett, Mairtin O'Carrigan, Rob deLeeuw, Nancy E. Carroll, Anthony Paolucci, Michele Proude, Richard O'Rourke, Len Cariou, Dennis Lynch, Stefanie Drummond, Mark McGrinder, Richard Fitzpatrick, Tom Driscoll, Jeffrey Samai, Moira Driscoll, Forrest Weber, Doreen Spencer, Janet Pinnick, Shannon McDonough, Shannon Ruth, Daniel Ruth, Jennifer Ruth, Timothy Mooney, Bruce-Robert Serafin, Donna Sue Jahier, Edward Brickley, , David Afflick, Giovanni Alabiso, Lana Antonova, Raffi Atamian, Michael Balzano III, Sophia Bellas, David S. Bookbinder, David Boston, Jim Boyd, Ben Bradlee Jr., Mark Burzenski, Joe Cali, Joe Jafo Carriere, James Chilli Chillingworth, Terry Conforti, Guy Cooper, Jeffrey Corazzini, Edgar Damatian, Cyndy Day, Jack Spencer Day, Jacob Alexander Day, Chris De Christopher, Allison Dyen, Kris Earle, Irina Egay, Mark Falvo, John Franchi, Victor Franko, William Galatis, John Gigliotti, Robert Glenn, Ed Goode, Tom Granger, Elaine Victoria Grey, Jed Griswold, Mark Haggett, London Hall, Becky Harvey, Arthur Hiou, Rosemary Howard, Steven Howitt, Richard Jenkins, Glenn W. Kane, Colleen Kelly, J Parker Kent, Robert Kinar, Jamie Mazareas, Matthew Mease, Gavin Monteiro, Jill Morgan, Randy Morris, Peter Morse, Alyson Muzila, Lance Norris, Josette Oberton, Joseph Oliveira, Richard Pacheco, Emilie Paquet, Dallas Peplow, Sacha Pfeiffer, Doug Reed, Stew Replogle, Eddie Resendes, Michael Rezendes, Walter Robinson, Gary Roscoe, Michelle Roy, Ariana Ruckle, Harold Rudolph, Mary Jane Brennan Sangiolo, Aaron Snyder, P.J. Stack, David Struffolino, Michael Steven Swanson, Carole Taylor, Carl 'CJ' Tempesta, Jami Tennille, J.P. Valenti, George J. Vezina, Kyle Viveiros, Peter Lewis Walsh, Amy Whalen, Teresa Wilsonshow all
“Spotlight” Quotes 17 quotes
“I was eleven. And I was preyed upon by father David Holly in Wester. And I don't mean prayed for, I mean preyed upon.”
“You know why I went along with everything? Because priests are supposed to be the good guys.”
“- Sacha Pfeiffer: We understand you settled several cases against the church.
- Eric Macleish: I can't discuss that.
- Sacha Pfeiffer: Are there any records of any of these settlements?
- Eric Macleish: No.”
“- Walter 'Robby' Robinson: Baron told us to get the system. We need the full scope. That's the only thing that will put an end to this.
- Mike Rezendes: Then let's take it up to Ben and let him decide.
- Walter 'Robby' Robinson: We'll take it to Ben when I say it's time.
- Mike Rezendes: It's time, Robby! It's time! They knew and they let it...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Ben Bradlee Jr.: You wanna sue the Church?
- Marty Baron: Technically we wouldn't sue the Church, we'd file a motion to lift the seal on the documents.
- Ben Bradlee Jr.: The Church will read that as us suing them. So will everybody else.
- Marty Baron: Good to know.”
“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.”
“He's one of the lucky ones. He's still alive.”
“- Marty Baron: Whether Mr Garabedian is a 'crank' or not, he says he has documents that prove that Cardinal knew.
- Ben Bradlee Jr.: As I understand that those documents are under seal.
- Marty Baron: Okay, but the fact remains a Boston priest abused 80 kids, we have a lawyer who says he can prove Law knew about it and we've written all of......” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Mitchell Garabedian: I'm Armenian. How many Armenians do you know in Boston?
- Mike Rezendes: Steve Kurkjian, works at the Globe...
- Mitchell Garabedian: Oh. That's two. You should get a prize or something.”
“We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy; show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn't have to face charges, show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time again. Show me this was systemic, that it came from the top, down.”
“They say it's just physical abuse but it's more than that, this was spiritual abuse.”
“- Ben Bradlee Jr.: So it's thirteen priests?
- Sacha Pfeiffer: Yeah.
- Walter 'Robby' Robinson: Looks that way.
- Ben Bradlee Jr.: Holy shit.”