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

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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La duda  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$33,422,556 (USA) (3 April 2009)
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The movie was dedicated to Sister Margaret McEntee, formerly known as Sister James, John Patrick Shanley's first grade teacher. See more »

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In the movie, the street signs have black letters on a white background, without cross-streets. In 1964, NYC street signs had white letters on blue enamel backgrounds, with the cross-streets printed in smaller letters above. See more »

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[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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Featured in The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2009) See more »

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Written and Performed by Steve Morrell (as Steven Morrell)
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Thrilling, thoughtful, intriguing. One of the best films of 2008
12 April 2009 | by (Illinios,America) – See all my reviews

Doubt {dir. John Patrick Shanley} (****/****)

Although it includes some heavy themes, Doubt, is one of the most entertaining and involving films to come along in quite sometime. Rarely have my heart and mind been so engaged in a film simultaneously. At its heart, Doubt remains the stage play upon which it is based, about a priest who is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a young boy. The priest is played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and the nun investigating (Sister Aloysius, great name) the situation is played by Meryl Streep, the best living actress and the best actress of the year. The language used in the film treats the situation very carefully and the confrontations between the characters crackle with well- written intensity. The film's central theme is indeed the title: Doubt. As an audience, we are left to our own devices in judging Father Flynn's relationship to the young boy. This uncertainty is a rare and valuable thing in film today. Great performances, wonderful writing and tough themes.


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