Saint of 9/11 (2006)

Saint of 9/11
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 31mins.
Genres Documentary, Historical
Keywords faith, tragedy
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Christopher Landy Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Kathleen Soulliere Editor n/a 172 7000001
Michael Aharon Original Music Music 120838 8000001
John Murphy Film Publicist n/a 121076 29000001
Glenn Holstein Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Malcom Lazin Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Hillary Rodham Clinton Actor Herself 1 1000002
Ian McKellen Narrator n/a 120790 1000003
Glenn Holsten Director n/a 2 2000001
Brendan Fay Producer n/a 3 3000001
Bill Clinton Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
When two planes ripped through the World Trade Center on September 11, the first official casualty was fire department Chaplain Mychal Judge, who had just given last rites to a fallen firefighter. Father Mike was an anomaly: a gregarious Franciscan who traversed great distances in New York dressed in his robe and sandals (he thought nothing of walking from his friary on West 31st Street to Coney Island), an alcoholic in recovery, and a gay man who became a priest before the Vatican had any objections. Although Father Mike remained closeted among the firefighters, he played a vibrant part in the gay community, and when patients diagnosed with a mysterious immune deficiency were given trays of food shoved at them from hospital room doors, he ministered to them without rubber gloves. Through interviews with friends and colleagues, including former fire department commissioner Thomas Von Essen and writer Malachy McCourt, we trace Father Mike's path: from his Brooklyn boyhood as the child of Irish immigrants; to Canterbury, where the nuns cast him in a play as the Fairy Godmother; to the shrine at Lourdes, where he prayed for people with AIDS; and finally to Fire Island, where he administered too many last rites. Whether comforting the families of victims of TWA Flight 800 or giving his coat to a homeless man, Father Mike touched countless lives.