Scientology: The Ex-Files

(2011)

directed by Quentin McDermott, 44 minutes

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Behind Scientology's high celebrity profile lies an organisation on its knees. In this powerful documentary produced for the Australian television program Four Corners, a band of former elite members emerge from the secretive religion to allege extreme cruelty, slave labour and financial greed. A jaw-dropping investigation, powerful and well-crafted.

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3 users found this helpful Created almost 2 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

I enjoyed this film which reveals a lot about this secretive and influential "religion" which seems like the basic tenet is "abuse leads to salvation" and "pay to pray" lol. The official spokesman for Scientology was periodically questioned during the film and he squirmed,twitched and showed so many tells that he was lying in his answer to most of the questions. Couple of times it looked like he wanted to jump out of his skin at even being asked such questions. The older woman who was in Sea Org with Hubbard had tremendous credibility in comparison and so did the family who had left and suffered so much loss and regret.

2 users found this helpful Created over 1 year ago.

This was most enlightening, and very captivating. I have never known anything about Scientology, and this documentary certainly reveals way more than I could have imagined. It's hard to believe that this is legal, and that this so-called religion is allowed to operate in a free country. Quite alarming - a definate "must see."

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2 of 3 users found this helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

This is an episode of a TV news magazine, with sound-bite interview style and little dramatic flair. It presents the facts, or such of the facts as relate to the interviewees, clearly and believably enough, and some specifics of the strongarm tactics that the 'church' uses to control its members will probably be new even to people who already knew something about Scientology. What it doesn't do is provide any insight into why anyone would fall for this stuff, or why they would remain in such an under-written organization. 'Sea Org'? 'Body Thetans'? Come on!

1 user found this helpful Created 18 days ago.

It's shocking how many human rights violations occur in this organization. The ironic fact that a sci- fi writer actually created this religion is not lost on me at all. I find it remarkable however that so many film industry giants buy into this, literally.

1 user found this helpful Created about 1 month ago.

Exceptional documentary. Courageous and illuminating. Could have never been done in the US. I am grateful for its existence.

Created about 1 month ago.

scientologists. whew. what a bunch of dangerous nuts.

Created about 1 month ago.

Great glimpse into the world of scientology.

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bobdove
Created 7 months ago. Updated 7 months ago.

Job well done. I didn't learn much new, but a lot of past learnings were resurrected with strong feelings attached. I wish the film had captioning as I may have missed a few points because of my hearing loss. I also found myself going back through the experience of my son leaving home at 16 to join the Unification Church of "Rev." Moon, his "true father." Though he left the cult in the 1980's, he still believes Moon, though now dead, is his true father. The Unification Church is also wealthy and also sends their "missionaries" out to work various jobs, working basically for room and board in the church's "communities." Scientology seems to be just another cult, but one with very sophisticated structure and security.

Created 11 months ago.

An interesting documentary. Not what I had expected and definitely, not shat I was looking for. I had hoped it would be a more generalized overview of Scientology.... The actual (hi)story of Scientology. History of Hubbard and how his "religion" came to be. Why "Celebrities" are drawn to it. The entire sci-fi aspect of this philosophy. However, this film does tell a very interesting story, none the less. Definitely worth watching.

Created 11 months ago.

Interesting look inside Scientology---very scary organization.

Created 11 months ago.

This was very interesting. I now intend to research this in more depth just for my own knowledge. I do not understand how people such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta can be 'brain-washed' into believing this doctrine. It is beyond my imagination. They must be really searching for something in their lives that is missing to be so accepting of these ideals. These certainly should be illegal as far as the wages and hours people are expected to work.

1 user found this helpful Created 11 months ago.

It's really scary that they can do what they do and get away with it. Great documentary.

Created 12 months ago.

Well Done. Scientology is as scary as it is crazy.

Created 12 months ago.

Great documentary about the horrible abuses suffered by Scientology's prisoners around the world

Created 12 months ago.

weird "religion" interesting documentary.

1 user found this helpful Created 12 months ago.

This is an excellent documentary, and there is much other revealing information available regarding Scientology. How can so many obviously intelligent people buy into this crap? I have read all of Hubbards science fiction and he is a very entertaining writer, but realistically, it is all "fiction". Dianetics is so transparently fantasy, and Hubbard is (was) a complete nut job. Where do all these "serious" people come from? Would they otherwise be super susceptible to other cults? Travolta and Cruise are both extremely entertaining and talented actors. Is it just the coddling of these rich "entitled" persons that is so attractive? Where do all the sycophants come from?

Created 12 months ago.

If you've read a lot of books and web sites written by ex-Scientology members, as I have, this movie will be nothing new (aside from profiling Australian ex-members, instead of the usual Americans). However, if you haven't, it's a semi-good introduction to what Scientology is really about. The main question it doesn't even try to answer, which I think is very important, is WHY did these members stay with Scientology so long, WHY did they do the things they did within the cult. A discussion of mind control techniques would have been very appropriate, I think.

Created 12 months ago.

Wow very informative

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bobpineo
Created 12 months ago.

Pretty Scary stuff...Think this should be investigate further to see if more can be uncovered...yipes!

Created 12 months ago.

This is just another cult with a lot of blah blah blah who just wants to take money from their idiots followers as Tom Cruise and others. In my country, Brazil had a small House that I rented it to one of these sects called Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, in Portuguese: Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus. Once I had the invitation to a cult, I went because I had the curiosity to know what they do in a cult. While there I heard one of the pastors telling to another "you will see that all this silly people here with the good brainwashing that we will make they will leave a lot of money" I really could not believe what was hearing. What they said in their cults is that the more you gives more the Lord Jesus will give you. I have a well known friend that she belongs to one of these sects, started to go slowly with a certain time she was completely given over to the sect, his life was for the sect. One day she had an accident and was in bed for more than 2 weeks without power to go to cults. Do you think that someone or any pastor came to visit her to find out if she needed something? NO ONE! Rather thought it was a member of cult that came over the house to speak with her and see when she will back to his administrative work in the sect wich was free! These sects only brain wash people. It's very strange that someone so educated and studied as Tom Cruise beyond fallen into their hands and feed them with his money.

Created about 1 year ago.

Spooky, creepy stuff

Created about 1 year ago.

It was interesting as I have little knowledge about Scientology.

Created about 1 year ago.

Not very well rounded, only focusing on one part of Sientology.

Created about 1 year ago.

Yes, there are many religions that make slaves of their followers by using fear to motivate and keep them. True religion uses "love for God" to motivate them. (1John5:3; 4:20)

0 of 3 users found this helpful Created about 1 year ago.

What’s been seen going on in the church or churches is one of the biggest and most deceitful and fraudulent scams that’s probably ever been seen before. The Bible actually calls it treacherous deceit. A cover up, to pillage, deal deceitfully. Do a word search at blue letter bible on the internet. And the only reason it went on as long as it did is because of the people’s generosity, And food intoxication. Either make the tree good and it's fruit good, or make it corrupt and it's fruit will be corrupt. Matt 12:33 LK 6:33 The church that belittles and makes light of the Law will eventually fall. ECCLESIASTICUS 19:20 How hard is it to make a decent effort? Sounds like the church needs to straighten up before it's found corrupt. Would your contribution to society be to feed hypocrisy? It’s like kindling a fire.

What value has any church put on the HOLY BIBLE? The good seed. HOW many other books has it encouraged you to read? I’ve seen a lot that have put very little faith in THE HOLY BIBLE. And I’ve already heard how many other books it’s tried to sell you that confirms that. PSALMS 124: 7 The reason I say that is, some churches take advantage of the people’s desire to worship THE LORD JESUS, and their hopes of salvation. But to them THE LORD JESUS, the HOLY BIBLE and salvation are tools used to lure you to a church. Then the bait and switch takes place . You might want to read a blog. Type, blog youneed toread, type as 2 words critical. When seeking the GOD of compassion, we need a heart of humility ! And the next time you hear a sermon on radio or tv ask yourself a question. What does he know that he’s keeping from other’s.

The Old Testament sacrifices were symbolic of what all would be called to do. Have you ever noticed that when some churches try to make light of or belittle the Law it runs to the letters of paul ? And you probably never thought about why did you ? Would you like to know what you’re not being told ? Especially if you attend church. Read a blog. type blog, youneed toread, type as 2 words critical. Some people have missed the message of the cross and the washing of the feet. And if you can grasp that then you know why. Have you ever heard the church speak about a rapture? Paul thought he would be alive when it was to take place. But he died waiting for it. Hopefully you won't. The church has said that a true prophet must be 100% accurate 100% of the time. Seems that was something else paul and the church missed ? OR did they ? Paul also spoke about a lot of unpredictable afflictions. Now what would be the significance of all the healings that took place on the Sabbath IN THE Gospel’s? Suffering is a call to repent not the results of repentance. Paul’s suffering was the results of his own disobedience. Click on user name for more. Now that yahoo has changed its format i had to find an old site. So if you would like to read the debates go to Unorthodox Celeb Moms and click on youneed. Would you like to know what the churches haven't told you ??

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quizkiddonniesmith
Created about 1 year ago.

That was about as middle of the road as you can get. No revelations. Quite boring.

Created about 1 year ago.

it could have been so much more...instead a trifling look, so superficial...looks to be very amateurish. very disappointing

Created about 1 year ago.

This just confirms all the negative things I have heard about Scientology.

Created about 1 year ago.

The "Scientology--The Ex-File" is an excellent account of how deceptive Scientology is. It enlightens one about human trafficking, abuse of children and adults, violation of labor laws, mind control etc. It reminds me of a cult.

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Created about 1 year ago.

very poorly done, said nothing

Created about 1 year ago.

Very enlightening. Boggles the mind and soul that these types of organizations are allowed to continue to run such a fraudulent organization. There have been many, many complaints, documentaries, books, etc. written about their abuse. Why does the government turn a blind eye? Something we should all be asking, and demanding answers to.

Created about 1 year ago.

Very insightful and chilling.

Created about 1 year ago.

Great documentary on the pseudo religious cult of Scientology including accounts of human slavery, imprisonment, torture, kidnapping, stalking, and many instances of women workers, married women workers, forced to have abortions.

Created about 1 year ago.

Tommy Davis stammers, blinks, looks away, and speaks as if reciting what he was told by others. You can tell in his eyes that he's lying. People are wondering how they can be called a church but the answer is easy. Money runs governments, scientology has money. I agree with dschweisguth - why not tell us how people are fooled by all this trash? People should know that religion is free or else it's a scam.

Created about 1 year ago. Updated about 1 year ago.

I have been reading about this cult-like religion and this film was a further enlightening experience about Scientology. I hadn't realized that there was so much abuse of its members. I am eager to read or watch all I can about it. This film was very well done, with very interesting people participating.

Created about 1 year ago.

People who know about the horrors of Scientology will remember Lisa McPherson.

http://www.lisamcpherson.org/

Created about 1 year ago.

Interesting and fairly creepy.

Created about 1 year ago. Updated about 1 year ago.

This is an exceptional piece of journalism and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I do hope there will be follow-up on this cult as things move further along.

Created about 1 year ago.

Anybody with common sense know that Scientology is about money and control. They always sound like such robots when they try to explain that their type of religion is to make you lead a happier life. How is that working for Tom Cruise these days since his ex-wife had to divorce him like a kidnapped victim who took her chance to run . Anybody who has that much money and power in any religion usually comes from greed and manipulation to the weaker folks who easily believe they just can not do it by themselves. They convince you of this as you are writing them a big fat money check. Even when entertainment stars brag about them they sound so fake its ridiculous . Fake religions like this and many more will always amount to control and money so none of this is NEW NEWS to me .

Created about 1 year ago.

This is a frightening organization of mind control and torture. This piece followers along much as the latest book about the organization. It is amazing that they continue getting away with it. Their treatment of children who have parents working for the "Church" is horrendous. This piece should be seen by the world. The piece is excellently produced and giving it 4-stars is difficult because the organization is so terrible.

Created over 1 year ago.

It's shocking that this is still going on today! Religion it is not, Cult it is. We should not be supporting people that follow this cult-Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kristi Alley the list goes on and on (remember they sign a billion year contract)!

Created over 1 year ago.

I have always been suspicious of the "Church" of Scientology, and this short documentary confirms those suspicions. It is far more a cult, similar to Jim Jones and Jamestown, than a true religous organization. While the stories of those who had left the "church" were interesting, they were also incomplete, and left me with many questions. I would have preferred a longer and more thorough expose of this group.

Created over 1 year ago.

Wow...disturbing...who's that scientology guy they interviewed...man he's made out of wax...weird...good documentary but I shook my head a lot while watching...it sounds crazy now. I'm sure the victims had good intentions to in the beginning...wow...crazy

Created over 1 year ago.

Very Interesting movie. Sheds a lot of light on the whole subject.

Created over 1 year ago.

Amazing. Why aren't they all in jail?

Created over 1 year ago.

baby kaely

Created over 1 year ago.

Sick, Sick pupies to begin with. Weak and stupid people making these bastrds incrediby wealthy. All run by attornys! Great documentary

Created over 1 year ago.

I can't believe that Scientology is even considered a religion. It is a corporation based on a book of science-fiction. My heart goes out to all of these families. <3

Created over 1 year ago.

Could have been longer; also, had a sort of TV quality to it; more of a report than a documentary.

Created over 1 year ago.

Seemingly objective documentary on behalf of the corrupt Scientology organization.

Created over 1 year ago.

eye-opening!

Created over 1 year ago.

Very informative. One of the only films I have ever been able to find about this bizarre organization.

Created over 1 year ago.

some humans just don't get it, do they? lol.

Created over 1 year ago.

exposes scientology as purely evil

Created over 1 year ago. Updated over 1 year ago.

Excellent Documentary!

Created over 1 year ago.

Spookadillo!

Created over 1 year ago.

Very interesting but I could only think of the many other crazy cults out there that practice the same abuse. Just make them all pay taxes and then the veils of secrecy and cult practice will begin to erode.

Created over 1 year ago.

It's unfortunate some people get suckered "in", especially at a young age. I'm surprised there aren't any more people coming out in the open with this. Obviously they are scared and afraid because they are being spied on and no sense of privacy. Absolutely insane.

Created over 1 year ago.

Not a great documentary, but it covers an important subject. Scientology seems to generally keep under the radar. This film reveals the poor treatment and exploitation that many members are subject to.

Created over 1 year ago.

V

Created over 1 year ago.

good

Created over 1 year ago.

I wasn't convinced.

Created over 1 year ago.

Powerful. I wonder if the only reason they haven't been hauled up on charges of human trafficking is that they have infiltrated some of the organizations that should be investigating them.

Created over 1 year ago.

A very good - if slight - expose' on this filthy degradation of human dignity.

Created over 1 year ago.

Every adult American should see this, and learn of the bilious scam. They put up a cross, and go tax-free on billions of dollars that suckers give them.

I read that their goal is to get $300,000 from each sucker. Each should borrow money, and borrow from his parents.

Created over 1 year ago.

Scary!!! absolutely useful

Created almost 2 years ago.

eh

Created almost 2 years ago.

very interesting

Created almost 2 years ago.

informative but not engrossing. I was able to jump back and forth and have several convos on FB simultaneously so .....enuf said.

Created almost 2 years ago.

Terrific piece of work. Well thought, and put together extremely well.

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pjr
Created almost 2 years ago.

an amazing expose on this Cult.

Created almost 2 years ago.

Chilling expose' of an organization that is in no way a religion, but a business.

0 of 1 users found this helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

I'm so glad you had this available. with all the hoopla, I'm not familiar enough to understand the "big deal". Now, I am. Education is key. Go Katie. Cruise should watch this and make a public response. In defense of his religion. Thank you.Wow.

1 user found this helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

Crazy stuff man!

1 user found this helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

Very well done, and informative.

Created almost 2 years ago.

informative but superficial

Created almost 2 years ago.

very interesting

Created almost 2 years ago.

This is an engaging an enlightening documentary that focuses on ex-member testimony about the internal workings of the church, specifically the Sea Org. The direction plays an fairly objective back-and-forth between ex-members and a church spokesman.

1 user found this helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

I don't believe that is a church, its a cover up for a scam. We are just scraching the surface of it with this investigating. Need more investigating done.

0 of 1 users found this helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

Seems a bit prejudiced but there are answers needed.

1 user found this helpful Created about 2 years ago.

This is just a start...

Created about 2 years ago.

Engaging, but I think they hamstrung themselves by trying too hard for neutrality. A thorough investigation would be even more damning.

1 user found this helpful Created about 2 years ago.

It doesn't seem to tell the whole story, like what may be positive about it that so many people join. It does tell how controlling they can be and how difficult it may be to leave.

1 user found this helpful Created about 2 years ago. Updated about 2 years ago.

Shocked. What a scam. What is scary is that smart people also fall for it. Excellent investigative reporting. This church should be outlawed all over the world. This is not a religion, its a cult.

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