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Viewers and reviewers on There Be Dragons

April 21, 2011

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Comments and reactions by people who have watched the Roland Joffé movie There Be Dragons, supplied by Mount Santa Fe Productions.

“The striking portrait of an anything-but-plaster saint, There Be Dragons grippingly portrays St. Josemaria Escriva's struggle to establish his innovative spiritual movement and to live out the Christian message of peace in an era of violent crisis.” – John Mulderig, Catholic News Service

Of Gods and Men and There Be Dragons, you’ve got two blockbuster, first-rate films with very overt Catholic themes. What a blessing, what an occasion for evangelization.” – Archbishop Timothy Dolan, New York
Ennio Morricone, Susanna Tamaro, Joaquín Navarro-Valls
Ennio Morricone, Susanna Tamaro, Joaquín Navarro-Valls

“The film captures the tension of living and giving witness to the faith in the face of adversity and persecution. The life of St. Josemaria Escriva has much to teach us in our times.” – Timothy Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services USA

There Be Dragons packs a powerful emotional punch, showing how the decisions we make as young people impact our lives as we age. This is a film every young adult and college student should see.” – Curtis Martin, founding president, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)

“A very moving film. The interaction of St. Josemaria with his friends and others is very skilfully done. I wholeheartedly recommend it.” – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, emeritus Archbishop of Westminster.

“I remember many things about St Josemaría because the last five years of his life I lived with him. Even as an old man, he had a great sense of humour. And that’s something that really comes across in the film. But the film is not a biography. It’s a great story about human passions, which is resolved through forgiveness.” – Joaquin Navarro-Valls, spokesman for Pope John Paul II

“With this film Roland Joffe confirms his greatness as an intense and profound director of the highest caliber.” – Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning composer

“This film has the power to do great good for the new generations deprived of great figures to admire and emulate.” – Susanna Tamaro, scriptwriter and novelist.

"There Be Dragons could be the sleeper hit of the year." – Joe Sutton, KGIL Los Angeles

"Absolutely beautifully told and executed. Cinematography is pristine and gorgeous." – Debbie Lynn Elias, Culver City News

"A visually stunning, undeniably intriguing saga." – Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest

“Charlie Cox gives a great performance!” – Will Leitch, Yahoo! Movies

“A compelling message that forgiveness is the gateway to freedom.” – Dick Rolfe, The Dove Foundation

“Beautifully rendered, very well-acted, spiritually enriching film.” – Tony Ryan, Ignatius Press

“A powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation.” – John L. Allen Jr., National Catholic Reporter

“Roland Joffe creates an authentic, compelling film vision of the history of Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer in a movie focused on real redemption.” – Ted Baehr, Movieguide

“It is a story of redemption in the midst of challenge. It makes you think more deeply about your faith, the sacrificial nature of real love, and that it’s never too late to start over.” – Jenny Tyree, CitizenLink

“The film can help teach us to love one another. I love the positive portrayal of a priest – could encourage vocations to the priesthood.” – Tim Drake, National Catholic Register

“To see how a saint is born out of ordinary life and human tragedy. Because you (like all of us) are in it.” – Dr. Cornelia Tsakiridon, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

“This was a powerful and moving film that effectively portrayed the impact of life’s choices. Fr. Jose Maria’s consistent walk of faith was heroic. I was moved by… the transparency of his struggle.” – Rev. Robert Hay, Serving in Mission USA, Charlotte, NC

“Very emotional and touching. Had me at the edge of my seat the entire movie. I would give this a five-star rating. In one word, excellent.” – Jonathon Rutledge, Victory Christian Center, Charlotte, NC

“The film proposes an answer to one of the great questions of human life – the struggle between good and evil – with the possibility of redemption when evil dominates one’s life. The triumph of good over evil is particularly important in an age in which much is relativistic.” – Bishop John McIntyre, Philadelphia

“Roland Joffe has once again created a poignant movie that will lead many people to ask deep questions about our purpose in life.” – Paul Cedar, Chairman, Mission America Coalition

“The movie deals with the struggle that is within you and me, all of us.” – Bishop Bruce Allen, Christian Network Outreach Church UCC, Philadelphia PA

“I think this will present a convincing message to choose God (or choose good) in every situation… a wonderful introduction for Catholic audiences to St. Escriva.” – Bishop Peter Jugis, Charlotte, NC

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