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Saint of 9/11 (2006)

Saint of 9/11 presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, a beloved Fire Department ... See full summary »


Glenn Holsten
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Credited cast:
Ian McKellen ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Boes Larry Boes ... Himself
Everald Brathwaite Everald Brathwaite ... Himself
Thomas Paul Carey Thomas Paul Carey ... Himself (as Brother Tom Carey)
Brian Carroll Brian Carroll ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Hillary Clinton ... Herself (archive footage) (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Brendan Fay Brendan Fay ... Himself
Mychal Judge Mychal Judge ... Himself (archive footage)
Patrick Kowalski Patrick Kowalski ... Himself
Mary Lanning Mary Lanning ... Herself
Patricia Lewsley Patricia Lewsley ... Herself
Malachy McCourt ... Himself
Eugene McMenamin Eugene McMenamin ... Himself
John J. McNeill John J. McNeill ... Himself (as John McNeill)


Saint of 9/11 presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, a beloved Fire Department Chaplain, rousing Irish-American balladeer and iconoclast, Father wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways. Mychal Judge knew the pain of loss and suffering. He struggled with alcoholism and was an outspoken AA advocate. Father Judge was a gay man who loved his priestly work. Saint of 9/11 portrays Mychal's life as a spiritual adventure and an honest embrace of life, where alcoholism and sexuality were acknowledged. Saint of 9/11 is the story of a life's journey interrupted. Inspired by his life, the documentary embraces Mychal's full humanity. Written by Equality Forum

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The life of Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain, FDNY.





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Release Date:

27 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »


Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,680, 10 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,901, 10 September 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A Living Saint (who was, in fact, Gay)
22 August 2007 | by mychalsprayerSee all my reviews

Father Mychal Judge's self-identity as a gay man was a crucial motivation for his remarkable outreach to other outcasts of society.

Despite a handful of deniers, the evidence that Fr. Mychal Judge self-identified as gay, though chaste and celibate, is irrefutable. For a discussion of the conclusive facts, visit http://SaintMychalJudge.blogspot.com (then click "Gay Saint" at the top).

Most of the world first heard of Fr. Mychal Judge on September 11, 2001. Yet even prior to his heroic death, Mychal was widely seen by many New Yorkers as a living saint for his deep spirituality and his extraordinary work with the homeless, recovering alcoholics, people with AIDS, immigrants, gays and lesbians, and other social outcasts.

Mychal's saintliness was not one of outward piety, though he did have an intimate relationship with God. Nor did he march in lockstep with the church hierarchy. Like his spiritual father, St. Francis of Assisi, Mychal reported to a Higher Authority.

Mychal's sainthood was in his unconditionally loving presence with all he encountered -- with heavy doses of playful humor thrown in. This is well portrayed by the film.

"Saint of 9/11" is powerfully inspiring but not sappy. It focuses more on his life than his death. Unfortunately, its 80 minutes can only begin to scratch the surface of his remarkable story. Viewers may also want to read Michael Ford's biography, "Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero."

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