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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

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Sharon Riis (screenplay)
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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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He promised them...Love, Healing, SALVATION See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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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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C'est la belle Françoise
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Made-for-tv made better
29 April 2002 | by Jona-9See all my reviews

Savage Messiah is a true story. The story of a Canadian social worker, once beaten by her husband, who discovers the women and children of a small commune are being abused by their leader. This leader, it turns out, calls himself Moses and has made the nine women living with him his concubines, mistreating them in the most violent ways.

This story made quite a lot of noise when it came out during the late eighties, both in Ontario and Quebec, especially because of the cruelty of the acts involved and the outrageous control "Moses" (Roch Thériault) had on "his" people.

While attempting to depict, sometimes with success, how it was like to live on the Church River commune, the movie mostly follows, in a very straightforward way, the social worker who discovers the truth and tries to make everything stop. Thus, it very soon starts to resemble these true stories often seen on tv on Friday night. Of course, the budget here is a little bigger, and the actors quite a bit more talented, but apart from that it just feels like a big made-for-tv movie, very easy to follow, with its few strong emotional moments along the way, but no real character development. And although the advertising prompted the viewer to "be the judge", the movie clearly adopts a subjective point of view. In the end, it's an interesting story, although violent, but a movie that, sadly or not, will not make history.


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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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Budget:

CAD4,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,015,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,015,671
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