Saint Ralph


(out of 5)

Adorable tale of determination set in the 1950s, with a sympathetic young man left alone after his war widow mother falls into a coma. Ralph is a plucky dreamer, his mind set on surviving his strict Catholic school existence by training for the Boston marathon and hoping that winning it will be the miracle that will awaken his mother.  is wonderful as the sensitive priest who allows the boy to pursue his goal despite the protestations of the stereotypically opposed school principle (). The film indulges in lots of underdog film cliches, but the protagonist is amiable and the supporting characters all lovable (especially the iron-willed nurse played by , check out the bench-presses!) A winner from start to finish that will melt even the most cynical heart by its conclusion.

Alliance Atlantis Communications, Amaze Film + Television, Running Miracles Productions

Canada, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Michael McGowan

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2004

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