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Doubt (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 25 December 2008 (USA)
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A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.


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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sister Veronica
Sister Raymond
Mrs. Carson
Warren Hurley
Joseph Foster ...
Donald Miller (as Joseph Foster II)
William London
Haklar Dezso ...
Zither Player
Frank Shanley ...


It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. Written by Miramax Films

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priest | student | nun | boy | catholic | See All (251) »


There is no evidence. There are no witnesses. But for one, there is no doubt.


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La duda  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$507,226, 14 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,422,556, 5 April 2009
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Did You Know?


The street scenes of the Church and School, were actually shot in the Bronx, NY, where author Shanley grew up, and was in front of St. Anthony's Church and School, a school that Shanley is reported to have attended. The Catholic School closed permanently in June of 2013. See more »


When Sister Aloysius talks to Mrs. Miller, the nun's umbrella handle moves from her left to right hand several times. At one point, it hangs from the nun's arm. See more »


[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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Silent Night
Written by Franz Gruber (uncredited) and Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
Arranged by Alan Ett, Scott Liggett
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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Entertaining Drama In One Single Note
24 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I wasn't bored for one second and that it is always fascinating to see great actors chewing the scenery. Meryl Streep is one of my heroes she will always be be here something happened. Her performance is devoid of highs and/or lows. She goes through it in second gear. I had hoped for a performance of the Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratchet with a pleasant almost benign exterior but a monstrous center and Philip Seymour Hoffman, another great, doesn't project any kind of sexual vibe so the sexual allegations may work on a stage play but not on the screen. The part needed a John Garfield. On top of that, there is something missing on the structure of the story. We're taken through two acts but the third act is missing. I didn't believe in that ending it felt to come out of left field. So yes, I was entertained but dissatisfied.

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