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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.
Publisher: [New York] :, Home Box Office,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: PAT
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digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
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Aug 01, 2019

I watched this movie and I was shocked by how big football coaches how become at Penn State University. The coaching assistant and the upper level administrators knew or suspected by Sandusky was acting inappropriately. Yet, people were paralyzed and did the minimal amount to help the kids in the Second Mile charity. In the movie, the main characters say that Sandusky helped thousands of children. Paterno has so engrossed in his football coaching duties that he had no idea that Sandusky spent time in the swimming pool with Joe Paterno's children. *****This problem of reporting crimes of this nature echoes what is happening in other institutions like the Church.

Apr 26, 2019

Chilling, the ending an indictment of Joe Paterno, and absolutely horrible.

Jan 05, 2019

We checked this movie out and decided not to watch. A horrible situation that should have been stopped years earlier.

Nov 26, 2018

This seems like HBO's attempt at obfuscating Paterno's role in this Penn State scandal. Trying to salvage his reputation. It would seem that if Paterno didn't know it was because he didn't want to know.

Question: Why not mention Ray Gricar? That's just another one of the really puzzling facets of this.

As of October the Feds are investigating 7 out of the 8 diocese of Pennsylvania ( I think that's the correct number). One has to wonder about the connections running between the Catholic Church and Penn State as well as any government characters (politicians, officials, etc.) who may be somehow involved or in the know. The majority of this stuff seems to have involved homosexual harassment of of boys and men in seminary, over 85% of the harassment in the Catholic diocese has been exactly this. My guess, the Paterno/Sandusky thing may have some connection to the Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania. The pathologies are way too glaring to be asserted away as prejudice. It just seems too likely to be ignored....unless someone is trying to.
Recommend: Happy Valley.

Nov 25, 2018

This was not "institutional failure" - this was the failure of Joe Paterno and other men who knew what was happening and turned a blind eye. As with the problems in the Catholic church, those with the most power fail the children. Paterno was informed by a victim in 1976, but football was more important than the lives of young boys. Shame on everyone who knew and did nothing but lie to victims.

Nov 13, 2018

Fluff piece? I advise watching the doc "Happy Valley" and then reading "Game Over" before watching this film.

Oct 29, 2018

A compelling look at the Penn State scandal, concentrating on a period of a few days around the breaking of the story and the firing of the head coach. The story weaves back and forth between the reporter who first uncovered the sexual abuse story months before it became a national issue with the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, and the Paterno family and their friends, facing a crisis of their own making. The story tends to stay above it all, offering more of a sympathetic view to the victims than to the Paternos, and Pacino's take on the title character is that of a man in his twilight years, more concerned with the next game than basic responsibility as a human being. The film is not easy to watch- one expects this is not the sort of thing a person watches repeatedly- but makes for an interesting contrast with documentaries, like Happy Valley, that cover the same ground.

Sep 28, 2018

It is unfathomable that these people knew for YEARS about this pedophile and refused to do anything about it. I hope those young boys found the support and counseling they needed. Goes to show you profit over people win every time. Shameful!!!

Madeleine Allen
Sep 25, 2018

Although a bit complex, Paterno is one of the better movies I've seen in awhile. I think a question that most people had when they heard about the scandal or saw this movie was, "What was Joe Paterno thinking? Why didn't this powerful leader do more? What was going on inside head?" This movie delves into that, giving an interesting and very possible take on what really was going on inside his head. Al Pacino does an amazing job as Paterno!

Sep 19, 2018

A docudrama on the events that led to the dismissal of Joe Paterno as the football coach of Penn State after Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal broke in 2011. Like "Chappaquiddick 2017," a polarizing true story that portrayed Joe as a powerful man idolized by many and neither defended or condemned his inaction when embroiled in the scandal.$md5_email%%
A balance fact check write up:

Pennsylvania Real-Time News
Reality check: Things HBO's 'Paterno' got right, things it missed, and 'artistic license' Updated April 9, 2018 at 9:43 AM


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Sep 19, 2018

Opening dialogue:

Man 1: Children were molested here! And it's directly connected to the football program.
Man 2: Joe Paterno did know that Sandusky was abusing boys in the shower.
Man: No, he did not!
Man 3: I firmly believe, in his mind, he did what he thought was right.
Man 4: I think Joe Paterno's getting thrown under the bus here a little bit.
Man 5: He is not the Attorney General, he's the football coach.
Man 6: He was the Godfather! He was aware of what happened, and allowed it to happen.
You're gonna be misquoted.
-I'm gonna be gone.
I honestly don't know why anybody's talking about Joe Paterno. Somebody six months from retirement failed to see the big picture and didn't vigorously protect children? Of course you goddamn fire him. It's spectacularly unworthy of conversation. I'm sorry. A crime against children happened-- why the heck is anyone talking about Joe Paterno?

Sep 19, 2018

Aaron came forward three years ago, in this office, after his school told him
not to report it because Jerry Sandusky had a heart of gold. We contacted the police that day, and usually cases like this it takes a week, maybe a month, to get an arrest. This took three years... of waiting, of a scared boy telling a horror story, to me, to a trooper, to two other troopers, to two other new troopers, a grand jury, then a second grand jury, and a third. Still no arrest. He suffered from panic attacks, insomnia, conversion syndrome. I don't recall how often or how many times he tried to kill himself. Attorney generals have looked him in the eye-- in the eye-- "and said, "We're gonna
arrest this monster next week." Then more months would go by, and then more months would go by. Three years he stuck with this because he didn't wanna see another kid get hurt.

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