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Saint Ralph (2005)



Critic Consensus: Saint Ralph is an amiable tear-jerker that walks a fine line between being inspirational and being hokum.

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This is the story of Ralph Walker, a 14-year-old who in 1954 outran everyone's expectations in his bold quest to win the Boston Marathon. His seriously ill mother knows he is waiting to explode into greatness, except that he has no idea where that greatness will manifest itself. Then, an unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool inadvertently points him in the right direction. As penance for his actions, 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 sets his sights on winning the Boston Marathon.

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Adam Butcher
as Ralph Walker
Campbell Scott
as Father George Hibbert
Gordon Pinsent
as Father Fitzpatrick
Jennifer Tilly
as Nurse Alice
Shauna MacDonald
as Emma Walker
Tamara Hope
as Claire Collins
Frank Crudele
as Mr. Karl
Michael Kanev
as Chester Jones
Paulette Sinclair
as Secretary Roddy
Lubica Kucerova
as Woman in Shower
Ben Gans
as Senior Citizen No. 1
Jock McLeod
as Senior Citizen No. 2
Jeff Baxter
as Cattana
Jonathan Walker
as Mr. Collins
Keir Gilchrist
as Kid Collins
Jonathan Wilson
as Father Gregg
Rob Smith
as Santa Claus
Joan Massiah
as Mrs. Scarlet
Gerard Parkes
as Longboat
Boyd Banks
as Worker No. 1
Henry Alessandroni
as Worker No. 2
Brandon Barre
as Road Runner
John Blakey
as Spectator #1
Naomi Emmerson
as Spectator #2
Barry Stillwell
as Mr. Jones
Jonathan Higgins
as Boston Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Saint Ralph

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (28)

Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan has packed it so full of earnestness that viewers end up jogging along.

August 25, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Funny, touching and uplifting.

August 8, 2005

It's worth seeking out this bittersweet comedy with its emotionally resonant story and stellar performances.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Even when it's pushing the limits of shameless manipulation, this cheeky Canadian film has charm and wit.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You can't argue with the message. But its well-worn homilies might give you reason to question the messenger.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to dislike schmaltz as mild as Saint Ralph, but let's try: The film is as bland as a communion wafer, sentimental as a Christmas homily, and predictable as the liturgy.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Saint Ralph

Quirky and quiet little film about a Catholic schoolboy who wants to run the Boston Marathon. It succeeds finally because of the warmth of the cast portraying loyalty and persistence in the face of adversity.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Full of wit, candor, and love abounding. One of my absolute favorites.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Lovely, touching film of hope and faith. Wonderful performances.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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