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Saint Ralph

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98 minutes – Drama
Canadian release date: April 8, 2005
DVD release date: October 11, 2005
Canadian distributor: Odeon Films

Production still & poster courtesy of Odeon Films

It is 1954 and the city is Hamilton, Ontario. Like today mostly populated by hard-working people who expect nothing and often get much less. Much like the Walker family. The head of the household went off to World War II and never came back. Emma Walker, his widow, has contracted cancer at a time when there was no chemotherapy, no radical surgical procedures and usually no hope. Her son, Ralph, attending a strict Catholic school is told that only a "miracle" will save his mother. The path he will seek comes about after being caught during an unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool. As penance, Ralph is conscripted to the cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his mother out of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running, and determines to win the Boston Marathon. Saint Ralph is, in a way, a throw-back to the era in which it is set. There is a certain innocent charm to the film and it is easy to warm to the cast as the story unfolds in often poignant moments which lead to a finely crafted and subtle end. U.S. distribution rights were acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films and the US poster is pictured above. In a media release they described the film as a "beautiful bittersweet comedy." Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films said "Adam Butcher’s performance as Ralph is captivating." And, "Saint Ralph is a feel good comedy that will be a crowd pleaser."

Also see: A Review of Saint Ralph



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Crew:
Producer:

Teza Lawrence
Andrea Mann
Seaton McLean
Michael Souther

Executive Producer:

Marguerite Pigott
Peter Sussman

Associate Producer:

Brian Barrett
Peter Emerson

Line Producer:

Gordon Yang

Director:

Michael McGowan

Screenwriter:

Michael McGowan

Cinematographer:

Rene Ohashi

Editor:

Susan Maggi

Composer:

Andrew Lockington

Production Designer:

Matthew Davies

Art Director:

Ken Watkins

Costume Designer:

Anne Dixon

Cast:Roles:

Adam Butcher
Shauna MacDonald
Gordon Pinsent
Campbell Scott
Tamara Hope
Jennifer Tilley
Michael Kanev
Miranda Black
Frank Crudele
Chris Ploszczansky
Boyd Banks
Brian Bannan
Sean Cullen
Brandon Barré
Jeff Baxter
Peter Feniak
Daniel Karasik
Tufford Kennedy
Jonathan Walker
Keir Gilchrist
Rob Smith

Ralph Walker
Emma Walker
Father Fitzpatrick
Father Hibbert
Claire Collins
Nurse Alice
Chester
Nurse Riggin
Karl
Hulk
Worker
Priest
Children’s Aid Officer
Road Runner
Cattana
Reporter #2
Bolan
Reporter
Mr. Collins
"Kid" Collins
Santa Claus