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  • Actors: Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen, Heather Graham, Melinda Dillon, Lenny Von Dohlen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fifth Avenue
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018WUBJO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,981 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The life story of human rights activist Dororthy Day. A Marxist journalist in New York in the early part of the century, Day (Moira Kelly) works for female suffrage. After two abortive affairs, she becomes a single mother, eventually converting to the Catholic faith. Day becomes involved with helping the poor of New York, working in soup kitchens and highlighting the problem in her paper, 'The Catholic Worker'.

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I love a film that I can watch many times and not be sick of,and this is one of them.It may not suit everyone but you will never know unless you buy it.

It is the story of Dorothy Day,a little known woman in GB,but well loved in the USA.Only half her life is crammed into this film,but enough is shown for the viewer to understand that this was no ordinary woman.She was a journalist as a young woman,and she had lived through the San Francisco earthquake,when she lived with her family as a child.The newspaper her father printed was one of the tragedies of the natural disaster (although this was not shown in the film)

Day became a lifelong Catholic after working alongside a Nun in a Church near to where she lived on the beach of Staten island.She had a disastrous first love,that ended with an abortion.Her 2nd love,would not commit to marriage but she did have a child by him,and that went some way to fill the gap left by her abortion.

Her part was played by Moira Kelly,and the inspiration for her love of the poorest that were found in the filthy back streets of down town New York, was the result of her meeting an itinerant French Theologian,played by Martin Sheen..Between them,they fed the hungry,and cared for the sick,the alcoholics,the starving..........they lived their lives by adopting Christ's impassioned Sermon on the Mount.

A very moving film,that hopefully may inspire us as well.I always think when I see a beggar or a vagrant,that "There by the grace of God,go I!"
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I bought this DVD after having read the autobiography of Dorothy Day 'The long loneliness' and I was very well pleased with how the film projected her life. The film captures Dorothy's life story from the time she was part of a radical leftish group and worked as a journalist to when she lives on a beach on Statton Island meets a man she truly loves (Forster), has a baby, becomes a Catholic and probably most important of all meets Peter Maurin who with Dorothy sets up the Catholic Workers Association. Moira Kelly does a fabulous portrayal of Dorothy and Martin Sheen does a reasonable portrayal of Peter Maurin. There were very important aspects of Dorothy's life that were not eluded to in the film - she attended Mass daily and I also thought that a little more of Peter Maurin's absolute dedication to helping the poor might have been appropriate - he slept in the same quarters as the down and outs they were looking after and did not even have his own bed - he slept in whatever one was available! Part of the beauty of this film is the complete honesty in how Dorothy has been portrayed in her earlier life - she had an abortion from an earlier relationship and her transformation to one of the most inspiring Catholic activists of the 20th century is well portrayed in this film.
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By Torben Retboll TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 April 2016
Format: DVD
“Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story” is a movie that is based on a true story: the life and career of US writer and social activist Dorothy Day. It premiered in 1996 and was released on DVD in 2010. Here is some basic information about it:

** Produced by Father Ellwood “Bud” Kieser (1929-2000)
** Directed by Michael Ray Rhodes
** Written by John Wells
** Run time: 111 minutes

The cast includes the following:

** Moira Kelly as Dorothy Day (1897-1980)
** Martin Sheen as Peter Maurin (1877-1949)
** Lenny von Dohlen as Forster Batterham
** Melinda Dillon as Sister Aloysius (a partly fictional character)

** Paul Lieber as Michael “Mike” Gold (1894-1967)
** Heather Graham as Maggie Bowen (a fictional character)
** James Lancaster as Eugene O’ Neill (1888-1953)
** Heather Camille as Tamar Teresa Batterham (1926-2008)

PART ONE
This movie is a biography of Dorothy Day, who was born in 1897. When she passed away in 1980, she was more than 80 years old. But the movie covers only a small part of her long life. The producers decided to focus on a few selected parts of her life. The movie begins and ends with a scene in a New York prison in 1963. A black woman is being dragged against her will down a corridor and pushed into a cell. Once inside, she realises that she is not alone. Another woman is already there.

This woman – a white woman - is Dorothy, who proceeds to comfort her cell mate. Why is Dorothy in prison? She protested against the hydrogen bomb. The brief scene in the New York prison in 1963 is used to frame the main part of the movie which covers only two decades, 1917-1937, in three sections:

# 1. We are in 1917 and Dorothy is 20.
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A moving and inspiring account of the life of 'America's Mother Teresa' that does not gloss over her 'complicated' personality and history. Moira Kelly plays the title role very well indeed, and is strongly supported and not upstaged by Martin Sheen. Well worth watching.
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