The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry Releases on DVD, Nationwide 

by Martin Barillas Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Gavin MacLeod Leads the Inspiring Story of Forgiveness and Redemption in a Rich Christiano Film

TORONTO, May 4 / -- Phase 4 Films proudly presents for the first time on DVD, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, an all-new family film that proudly illustrates the power of mentorship, friendship and evangelism to change our lives forever.

The film opens with Dustin, Albert and Mark, 12-year-old boys and best friends, looking forward to a summer of fun in 1970. When Dustin mows the lawn of 75-year-old Jonathan Sperry, (Gavin MacLeod) a man he has seen at church, a unique friendship and mentorship develops which sets Dustin and his friends on a path of faith and self-discovery.

Gavin MacLeod, most noted for his roles in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Love Boat" television shows, said of his role as the title character: "I have been acting for more than 60 years," says Gavin, "and have worked with some of the biggest stars in the history of show business, but the greatest honor I have ever had was to play the role of Jonathan Sperry. This film has all the elements that make a good movie. It's funny, encouraging and very touching. I am so proud of the inspirational message this movie delivers for the Lord."

Created by acclaimed writer and director Rich Christiano, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, a period piece set in 1970, takes viewers on a journey to a simpler time, using life lessons, which explains what Christian living and unconditional love truly mean. The movie inspires viewers to appreciate what is important in life.

"I hope this movie causes the viewer to envy this moment in America," says Christiano. "Our society today seems so complex and we live in a rat race."

"The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry shows us how one person, regardless of age, can be a positive influence on children, and transform their lives," Christiano added. "I hope this movie encourages senior adults, who maybe feel life is over once you reach 70. This movie shows they can still be a strong, positive influence on the younger generation and need to make the effort to reach out to them."

In addition to MacLeod as the title character, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry includes Hollywood luminary, Robert Guillaume ("Benson") as Mr. Barnes, Jonathan Sperry's neighbor. The film also includes young actors Jansen Panettiere, younger brother of Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes" fame, as well as Frankie Ryan Manriquez ("That's So Raven") and newcomer, Allen Isaacson.

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry played in more than 300 theaters and was among the top 15 grossing independent theatrical movies of this past year.

In addition to this inspiring film, the DVD includes the featurette, "Behind The Secrets Of Jonathan Sperry," commentary from Rich Christiano and Gavin MacLeod, a Spanish audio track, an interview with the composer, Jasper Randall, and a special message from the director, along with the original trailer and other features.

The film releases on DVD on May 4, 2010 nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99. The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry was awarded The Dove's Family Seal of Approval, making it highly recommendable family viewing for all ages. Learn more at

Screeners available upon request.

About Phase 4 Films, Inc.

Phase 4 Films distributes feature films, television and special interest content across all media in the North American market. Its label, kaBOOM! Entertainment, is one of the leading pre-school and children's brands in the market.

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

Street Date: May 4, 2010
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rating: PG
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound -- English /
Stereo - Spanish
SRP: $29.99 U.S.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Language: English Closed Captioned

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