Spotlight (2015)

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  • IMDb page: Spotlight (2015)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 444 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History | Thriller
  • Release Date: 6 November 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Filming Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Director: Tom McCarthy
  • Stars: Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Howard Shore   
  • Soundtrack: These Exiled Years
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Tom McCarthy  screenplay
  • Josh Singer  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2013 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year. 23 of 23 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The real Walter V. Robinson said: “My persona has been hijacked. If Michael Keaton robbed a bank, the police would quickly have me in handcuffs”. 23 of 23 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • When Michael Keaton accepted the role, he had tracked the real Walter V. Robinson before meet him and lived near Robinson’s house without him knowing. He also gotten hold of video and audio of Robinson. When Michael Keaton first met him he did an impression of him that Walter V. Robinson was so scared and said to him how did you know everything about me, we just met? 40 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The one thing that Michael Keaton was afraid of when he accepted the role was the Boston accent, but after watching a video footage of the real Walter V. Robinson he was surprised that he didn’t have that much of a Boston accent. So that made it easy for Keaton to perform with a low key accent. 23 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Michael Keaton spent days with the real Walter Robinson to learn how to emulate him properly. 11 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • During every break, Mark Ruffalo asked the real Michael Rezendes to say his lines for him. 21 of 23 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Tom McCarthy cited multiple films as influence on this project. The films were Frost/Nixon (2008), Broadcast News (1987), Network (1976), All the President’s Men (1976), The Killing Fields (1984), The Insider (1999), Citizen Kane (1941), Ace in the Hole (1951), JFK (1991) , the verdict (1982) and Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) – in which McCarthy had a small role. 9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Beside the desk of Michael Keaton there’s a framed photo of Walter V. Robinson’s real-life daughter, Jessica, taken in 2000. And beside that a framed photo of Keaton with his arm around actress Elena Wohl, who plays his wife, Barbara in the film. 8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Mark Ruffalo asked the real Michael Rezendes, “Can I listen to you yell at someone?” 17 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • When the real Walter V. Robinson visited the set he was very impressed after seeing Michael Keaton sitting at a exact copy of his desk, a two-fingered typist, just like him , his lips pursed, peering through reading glasses at a vintage 2001 Globe computer screen. 9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Full summary » |  »

Story: Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. Written byOpen Road

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Produced By:

  • Michael Bederman known as producer
  • Kate Churchill known as co-producer
  • Bard Dorros known as executive producer
  • Blye Pagon Faust known as producer
  • Steve Golin known as producer
  • Jonathan King known as executive producer
  • Peter Lawson known as executive producer
  • David Mizner known as associate producer
  • Pierre Omidyar known as executive producer
  • Tom Ortenberg known as executive producer
  • Nicole Rocklin known as producer
  • Jeff Skoll known as executive producer
  • Michael Sugar known as producer
  • Patrice Theroux known as executive producer
  • Harold van Lier known as executive producer
  • Youtchi von Lintel known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Rachel McAdams known as Sacha Pfeiffer
  • Liev Schreiber known as Marty Baron
  • Mark Ruffalo known as Michael Rezendes
  • Billy Crudup known as Eric MacLeish
  • Michael Keaton known as Walter 'Robby' Robinson
  • Stanley Tucci known as Mitchell Garabedian
  • John Slattery known as Ben Bradlee Jr.
  • Len Cariou known as Cardinal Law
  • Jamey Sheridan known as Jim Sullivan
  • Paul Guilfoyle known as Peter Conley
  • Brian d'Arcy James known as Matty Carroll
  • Lana Antonova known as Veronica
  • Elena Juatco known as Guest List Woman
  • Neal Huff known as Phil Saviano
  • Stefanie Drummond known as Sheila
  • James Chilli Chillingworth known as Senior Editor (as James Chillingworth)
  • Michael Cyril Creighton known as Joe Crowley
  • Zarrin Darnell-Martin known as Wanda
  • Patty Ross known as Linda Hunt
  • Gary Galone known as Jack Dunn
  • Christina Schimmel known as Diner waitress
  • Elena Wohl known as Barbara Robinson
  • Joe Stapleton known as Older Cop
  • Doug Murray known as Peter Canellos
  • Dallas Peplow known as Police officer
  • Duane Murray known as Hans Pfeiffer
  • Krista Morin known as Young Reporter
  • Terry Conforti known as Globe Employee
  • Rob deLeeuw known as Quimby (Herald Reporter)
  • Jami Tennille known as Elaine Carroll
  • Maureen Keiller known as Eileen McNamara
  • David Fraser known as Jon Albano
  • Forrest Weber known as Angry Man
  • Darrin Baker known as Father Dominick
  • Robert B. Kennedy known as Clerk Mark
  • Colleen Kelly known as Librarian
  • Laurie Heineman known as Judge Constance Sweeney
  • Moira Driscoll known as Woman on the Porch
  • Faith Fay known as Baseball Fan
  • Edmund Resendes known as Boston Globe Reporter
  • Laurie Murdoch known as Wilson Rogers
  • Dennis Lynch known as Clerk O'Brian
  • Michael Steven Swanson known as Red Sox Fan
  • Jimmy LeBlanc known as Patrick McSorley
  • Robert Clarke known as Judge Volterra
  • Janet Pinnick known as Receptionist #1
  • Tim Whalen known as Young Cop
  • Sophia Bellas known as Passer by
  • Emilie Paquet known as Parishioner
  • Gavin Monteiro known as Playground kid
  • George J. Vezina known as Globe staff
  • Richard O'Rourke known as Father Ronald Paquin
  • Guy Cooper known as Boston Globe Reporter
  • Carl 'CJ' Tempesta known as Boston Globe Intern
  • Richard Pacheco known as Boston Globe Reporter / precision driver
  • Gene Amoroso known as Steve Kurkjian
  • Lance Norris known as Driver
  • Jim Chad known as Globe Employee
  • Brian Chamberlain known as Paul Burke
  • Bruce-Robert Serafin known as Security Guard
  • Paloma Nuñez known as Receptionist
  • Tom Driscoll known as Disgruntled Man
  • David Struffolino known as Boston Globe Employee
  • Becky Harvey known as Newsroom / Dining Patron
  • Steven Howitt known as Pedestrian
  • Aaron Snyder known as Church Boy
  • Tom Granger known as Buisness man (as Thomas Granger Jr.)
  • Mark McGrinder known as Weeping Man
  • Harold Rudolph known as Lawyer
  • Neion George known as Waiter at Gala
  • Brett Cramp known as Middle Aged Man
  • Jed Griswold known as Church member / Globe worker (BG)
  • Glenn W. Kane known as Red Sox Fan
  • Kris Earle known as Male Informant at Door
  • Eileen Padua known as Sacha Pfeiffer's Grandmother
  • David Afflick known as Husband at church (uncredited)
  • Giovanni Alabiso known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Raffi Atamian known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Michael Balzano III known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • David S. Bookbinder known as Man on Bike / Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • David Boston known as Parishioner (uncredited)
  • Van Brockmann known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Mark Burzenski known as Business Man / Student (uncredited)
  • Joe Jafo Carriere known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Shawn Contois known as Business Man (uncredited)
  • Edgar Damatian known as Fenway Fan (uncredited)
  • Allison Dyen known as Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
  • Victor Franko known as Boston Globe Employee (uncredited)
  • William Galatis known as Fenway Fan (uncredited)
  • John Gigliotti known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Robert Glenn known as Business Man (uncredited)
  • Elaine Victoria Grey known as Parishioner / Globe (uncredited)
  • Mark Haggett known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • London Hall known as Boston Globe reporter,Percision driver (uncredited)
  • Arthur Hiou known as Parishioner / Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
  • Jamie Mazareas known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Randy Morris known as Fenway Fan (uncredited)
  • Josette Oberton known as Girl on School Bus (uncredited)
  • Joseph Oliveira known as Street Driver (uncredited)
  • Doug Reed known as Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
  • Stew Replogle known as Neighborhood Parent (uncredited)
  • Gary Roscoe known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Michelle Roy known as Parishioner (uncredited)
  • Ariana Ruckle known as Business Woman (uncredited)
  • J.P. Valenti known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Kyle Viveiros known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Peter Lewis Walsh known as Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
  • Teresa Wilson known as Maureen (uncredited)

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  • Karola Dirnberger known as head hair departement
  • Brenda McNally known as key hairstylist: Boston
  • Shayna Passaretti known as additional hair stylist
  • Jordan Samuel known as makeup department head
  • Teresa Young known as makeup artist: 2014

Art Department:

  • Lara Alexander known as construction administrator
  • Bobby Anderson known as picture car coordinator
  • Jill Beecher known as art department
  • Carlos Caneca known as leadman: Toronto
  • William Cheng known as set designer
  • Stefan Couture known as set dresser: Boston Unit
  • Jaima Fogg known as assistant property master: Boston
  • Christopher Geggie known as property master
  • Paul W. Gorfine known as camera scenic
  • Nathan Alexander Kirk known as set dresser
  • Alyson MacInnis known as props
  • John MacNeil known as set designer
  • Kari Measham known as set decoration buyer
  • Jeffrey A. Melvin known as assistant set decorator
  • John Moran known as graphic designer
  • Grace Ng known as trainee assistant art director
  • Dusty Reeves known as art department coordinator
  • Dawn Marie Richard known as props
  • Shann Whynot-Young known as boston leadman
  • Toni Wong known as set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Anonymous Content
  • Participant Media
  • Rocklin / Faust

Other Companies:

  • Sudden Storm Productions  production services (Canada)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • Cinema Mechanics  grip and lighting equipment
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Entertainment Partners Canada  payroll services
  • Film Arsenal  grip and lighting equipment
  • Post Factory NY  post-production facilities
  • Romano Law  legal services
  • Trevanna Post  post production accounting

Additional Details


  • BIM Distribuzione (2015) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Open Road Films (II) (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Mongkol Major (2015) (Thailand) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Spin VFX (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Neishaw Ali known as visual effects producer
  • Kayla Cabral known as visual effects coordinator
  • Colin Davies known as visual effects supervisor
  • J.P. Giamos known as vfx producer: SPIN VFX
  • Noel Hooper known as compositor: SPIN VFX
  • Ahmed Shehata known as cg supervisor: SPIN VFX
  • Christa Tazzeo known as Associate Visual Effects Producer
  • Brandon Terry known as visual effects editor lead

MPAA: Rated R for some language including sexual references


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