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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
Audrie Neenan ...
Sister Raymond
Mrs. Carson
Christine Hurley
Warren Hurley
Jimmy 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 (248) »


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:

$507,226 (USA) (12 December 2008)


$33,422,556 (USA) (3 April 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. See more »


The film is set in 1964. The "Ubi Caritas" sung by the choir during one of Fr. Flynn's sermons was written in 1979 by Jacques Berthier for the Taize community. See more »


[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.4 (2012) See more »


All People that on Earth Do Dwell
Music by Loys Bourgeois
Lyrics by William Kethe
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User Reviews

New genre - the moral thriller
2 February 2009 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Normally we give too much credit to actors. They often work for short periods and force myriad takes. Directors manipulate and cajole them. Then the filmmakers spend months choosing the best shots, carving them and stringing them together to make the story (and the long-gone actors) look good.

"Doubt" is an exception, only in that the actors are especially marvelous. The many close-ups and the length of the shots attest to the trust John Patrick Shanley puts in them. Streep and Hoffman are superb. Adams and Davis are remarkable as well.

Still the most credit for this phenomenal effort must go to Shanley.

What a fascinating story, with layers and springbacks that will leave you thinking and rethinking.

Thank you very much to all involved with this fine film.

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