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Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 June 2015 (Italy)
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A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director:

Alex Gibney

Writers:

Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright (book)
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Haggis ... Himself
Jason Beghe ... Himself
Spanky Taylor Spanky Taylor ... Herself
David Miscavige ... Himself (archive footage)
John Travolta ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Cruise ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Wright ... Himself
L. Ron Hubbard ... Himself (archive footage)
Marjorie Cameron Marjorie Cameron ... Herself (archive footage)
Mike Rinder ... Himself
Tony Ortega Tony Ortega ... Himself
Antony A. Phillips Antony A. Phillips ... Himself (archive footage)
Hana Whitfield Hana Whitfield ... Herself (as Hana Eltringham Whitfield)
Kim Masters Kim Masters ... Herself
Sara Goldberg Sara Goldberg ... Herself
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A devastating two hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright's book of the same name. Scientology is laid bare by a film that skilfully knits together archive footage, testimonials from former high ranking officials and public, and dramatic reconstructions.

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

HBO Documentary Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2015 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Clear See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$230,194
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1.78 : 1
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Tom Cruise, Tommy Davis, Greg Wilhere, David Miscavige, and John Travolta were asked to be interviewed for this documentary. They either declined or did not respond. See more »

Goofs

(at around 8 mins) When Paul Haggis is discussing his beginnings with the church, a clip is shown claiming to be "London, Ontario." What is actually shown is a view of downtown Hamilton, Ontario, looking east from King Street and James Street. The bus clearly reads "West Hamilton". Also visible: Woolworth's, the Wright House, and Gore Park - downtown Hamilton landmarks. See more »

Quotes

Paul Haggis: I finally get to OT 3 and they give me the secret materials, which I've been hearing about all this time. They're hand written by Hubbard. You'd have to keep them in a locked briefcase, be very cautious because they would always say if this gets out it's dangerous to people. It can actually do them harm if they are not adequately prepared. And I read it and it doesn't make any sense... I think, I remember for one fleeting second thinking well maybe it's an insanity test. Maybe if we believe ...
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Liebesleid
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Effective, Gripping Interviews
30 March 2015 | by cgalloSee all my reviews

I was involved with Scientology from 1978-1990 and encountered some of the human rights abuses that Alex Gibney exposed in his documentary. The Sea Org people, who sign Billion Year contracts, bore the brunt of the mistreatment and are well represented in this film. Most former members will know of details that were not included in the show, but the topics that became the focus received a more complete treatment as a result.

The humanity of these survivors shown through in each interview and should evoke empathy in anyone willing to accept the truth in the story. I never felt that someone was embellishing or seeking attention; in fact, quite the opposite.

A huge thank you to HBO for having the guts to air this and not back down.


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