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Doubt (I) (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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Sister Raymond
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Mrs. Carson
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Christine Hurley
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Warren Hurley
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Jimmy Hurley
Joseph Foster ...
Donald Miller (as Joseph Foster II)
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William London
Haklar Dezso ...
Zither Player
Frank Shanley ...
Kevin
Robert Ridgell ...
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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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There is no evidence. There are no witnesses. But for one, there is no doubt.

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Drama | Mystery

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

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£253,097 (UK) (6 February 2009)

Gross:

$33,422,556 (USA) (3 April 2009)
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Sigourney Weaver, Annette Bening, Kathy Bates and Anjelica Huston were considered to play Sister Aloysius. See more »

Goofs

During the sermon, the burse (the rectangular object on top of the chalice veil on the altar) is incorrectly placed. At a Low Mass in 1964, the burse would have been removed from the chalice at the beginning, and placed to the left of the chalice, leaning upright. See more »

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[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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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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