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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Details

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This biographical drama was based on the true story of Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic who devoted much of her life to working with the poor and homeless on New York City's Lower East Side. Born in an Episcopalian household in 1897, Day (played by Moira Kelly) was a free-thinking agnostic in her young adulthood; she contributed to radical leftist journals and was friends with the likes of Eugene O'Neill (James Lancaste) and Mike Gold (Paul Lieber). After undergoing a painful abortion and giving birth to another child out of wedlock after her lover, Foster Batterham (Lenny Von Dohlen), abandoned her rather than marry, Day embraced Catholicism, a faith she would cling to strongly for the rest of her life. Day's leftist politics and her sense of personal activism remained; she established a political journal, "The Catholic Worker," in association with self-described Christian anarchist Peter Maurin (Martin Sheen), and was a tireless and outspoken champion of the rights of the poor and disenfranchised. Day came under heavy criticism for her political and social activism; as she put it, "If you feed the poor, you're called a saint, but if you ask why they're poor, you're called a Communist." However, Day continued her mission undaunted until her death in 1980, when she was called America's Mother Teresa. Entertaining Angels was produced by Paulist Pictures, a Catholic organization who also produced Romero, another film about a noted Catholic activist. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Moira Kelly
as Dorothy Day
Martin Sheen
as Peter Maurin
Boyd Kestner
as Lionel Moise
Lenny Von Dohlen
as Forster Batterham
Geoffrey Blake
as Floyd Dell
Tracey Walker
as Joe Bennett
Brian Keith
as The Cardinal
Heather Camille
as Tamar
Allyce Beasley
as Frankie
Paul Lieber
as Mike Gold
Melinda Dillon
as Sister Aloysius
Heather Graham
as Maggie

Crew

Ellwood E. Kieser
Producer
John Wells
Screenwriter
Bill Conti
Songwriter
Ashley Irwin
Songwriter
Geoffrey Rowland
Editor
George Folsey, Jr.
Editor
Charles Rosen
Production Designer
Chris Donahue
Co-producer
Edward Tise
Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Fash
Camera Operator
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