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Samuel Goldwyn Canonizes "Saint Ralph" for Spring Release

Samuel Goldwyn Canonizes "Saint Ralph" for Spring Release

by Brian Brooks









Adam Butcher and Campbell Scott in a scene from Michael McGowan's "Saint Ralph," which Samuel Goldwyn acquired for U.S. Rights. Image courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films.

U.S. distribution rights to Michael McGowan's Toronto 2004 comedy "Saint Ralph" have been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film, starring Campbell Scott, Adam Butcher, Jennifer Tilly, and Gordon Pinsent, is a an Alliance Atlantis and Amaze Film + Television Production, with worldwide rights to the film being handled by Canada-based Alliance Atlantis. Samuel Goldwyn plans a Spring 2005 theatrical release.

Described by Samuel Goldwyn as a "beautiful bittersweet comedy," "Saint Ralph" is the story of a ninth grade Catholic schoolboy, who believes he can save his mother's by way of a miracle -- in this case, the "miracle" of winning the Boston marathon. After witnessing his resolve in training for the event, a conflicted Father Hibbert (Scott) trains the boy through his victorious win at a local race, and prepares him for the marathon. Peter Goldwyn, director of acquisitions at Samuel Goldwyn Films negotiated the deal with Andrew Hurwitz, as well as Cassian Elwes of William Morris Independent.

"Adam Butcher's performance as Ralph is captivating," said Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films in a statement. "'Saint Ralph' is a feel good comedy that will be a crowd pleaser."

Upcoming Goldwyn releases include Angela Robinson's "D.E.B.S.," Eytan Fox's political thriller, "Walk on Water," and "The Boys & Girl from County Clare," starring Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill and Andrea Corr. Margarethe von Trotta's "Rosenstrasse," and Korea's official Oscar entry, "Tae Guk Gi," are among the company's current releases. Recent releases include award-winning doc "Super Size Me," the Oscar nominated "Master and Commander," and critically acclaimed "Japanese Story."

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