Savage Messiah

Savage Messiah

94 mins | Drama, Thriller | April 26, 2002

Savage Messiah is a docudrama about Roch "Moïse" Thériault, the charismatic former leader of a small religious group based near Burnt River, Ontario, Canada. Between 1977 and 1989 he held sway over as many as 12 adults and 26 children. He used all of the nine women as concubines, and probably fathered most of the children in the group. During his reign, Thériault mutilated several members. His major crime was to kill Solange Boilard, his legal wife, by disembowelment while trying to perform surgery on her. He was arrested for assault in 1989, and convicted of murder in 1993. Along with Clifford Olsen and Paul Bernardo, Thériault is considered one of Canada's most notorious criminals.

Savage Messiah

94 mins | Drama, Thriller | April 26, 2002

Savage Messiah
Savage Messiah is a docudrama about Roch "Moïse" Thériault, the charismatic former leader of a small religious group based near Burnt River, Ontario, Canada. Between 1977 and 1989 he held sway over as many as 12 adults and 26 children. He used all of the nine women as concubines, and probably fathered most of the children in the group. During his reign, Thériault mutilated several members. His major crime was to kill Solange Boilard, his legal wife, by disembowelment while trying to perform surgery on her. He was arrested for assault in 1989, and convicted of murder in 1993. Along with Clifford Olsen and Paul Bernardo, Thériault is considered one of Canada's most notorious criminals.
IMDb rating 6.3
Producers Astral Films, Corus Entertainment, Bernard Zukerman Productions
Original title Savage Messiah
Directors Nathalie Picard, Mario Philip Azzopardi
Writers Sharon Riis

Cast

Polly Walker

as Paula Jackson

Luc Picard

as Roch 'Moïse' Thériault

Isabelle Blais

as Lise

Louis Ferreira

as Vern

Isabelle Cyr

as Danielle

Julie La Rochelle

as Suzette

Pascale Montpetit

as Marie-Claude

Elizabeth Robertson

as Magdalene

Domini Blythe

as Gayle

John Dunn-Hill

as Old Man at Farm

Kyra Azzopardi

as Aline

Tony Robinow

as Judge Bonnard

Claude Préfontaine

as Marie-Claude's Father

Susan Glover

as Rod's Wife

Robert Higden

as Grocery Store Owner / Clerk

Marie-Julie Rivest

as Woman at Social Services

David Francis

as Coroner

Terry Simpson

as Man #1 at Bar

Ellen David

as Woman / Curling Team #1

Sylvie Bourque

as Marcelle Martin

Danièle Lorain

as Colette Plamondon

Jean-François Blanchard

as René Juneau

Larry Day

as Ross MacDonnell

Matt Holland

as Rookie Police Officer

Joris Jarsky

as Paula's Husband

Steve Adams

as Wayne

Ariane Frédérique

as Commune Woman #1

Johanne McKay

as Commune Woman #2

Denis Trudel

as Alphonse

Matthew Rothpan

as Marc

Eva Portelance

as Marie

Jamie Scavone

as Léon

Tanya Trombetta

as Émilie

Robert Brewster

as Man at Rural House

Glenn Roy

as Local Man / Rod

Pierre Leblanc

as Social Worker #1

Josée Beaulieu

as Marie-Claude's Mother

Kathleen Fee

as Social Services Receptionist

Terry Haig

as Judge at Roch's Trial

Natasha Thompson

as Commune Woman #3

Valérie Jeanneret

as Commune Woman #4

Mario Geoffrey

as Men at the office social worker (uncredited)

Monique Phillips

as Paula's Teammate (uncredited)