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Oprah Winfrey reportedly lobbied for the role of Mrs. Miller, but John Patrick Shanley refused to even give her a reading.
Meryl Streep hand knitted the shawl she wears in this movie.
Philip Seymour Hoffman lobbied for Amy Adams to be a part of the movie even threatening to leave the project if she wasn't cast.
Viola Davis, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Mrs. Miller, in the film, is only in two scenes. The first is an extended dialogue with Meryl Streep's character, Sister Aloysius. In the second, she appears only for about 10 seconds and does not speak.
Frances McDormand was the original choice for the role of Sister Aloysius Beauvier.
During the scene in the office, in which Sister Aloysius first accuses Father Flynn, Philip Seymour Hoffman had a terrible cold.
Sigourney Weaver, Annette Bening, Kathy Bates and Anjelica Huston were considered to play Sister Aloysius.
The movie was dedicated to Sister Margaret McEntee, formerly known as Sister James, John Patrick Shanley's first grade teacher.
When filming was over, director John Patrick Shanley sent Amy Adams the Nativity Scene that Sister Veronica puts together near the end of the film as a gift.
John Patrick Shanley offered the role of Sister James to Natalie Portman, but she declined.
Tom Hanks, John Cusack and David Hyde Pierce were considered to play Father Flynn.
Some scenes in the film are extremely lengthy. Some of the conversations between Sister Aloysius, Father Flynn, Sister James and Mrs Miller run to 10-15 minutes.
The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The street scenes of the Church and School, were actually shot in the Bronx, NY, where author John Patrick 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.
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Meryl Streep reunited with Amy Adams in Julie & Julia (2009), her film role subsequent to Doubt (2008).
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John Patrick Shanley's first film since Joe Versus the Volcano (1990).
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The Broadway play ran for over a year at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with 525 performances. The original cast was: Cherry Jones (Sister Aloysius), Brían F. O'Byrne (Father Flynn), Heather Goldenhersh (Sister James) and Adriane Lenox (Mrs. Miller). All four were nominated for a Tony award. The play won four Tony awards: Best Play, Best Director (Doug Hughes), Best Actress (Jones), and Best Featured Actress (Lenox). Author John Patrick Shanley wrote both the stage play and the screenplay adaptation.
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In the play, Donald Miller is never seen, and his name is Muller, not Miller.
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Jimmy Hurley is based on John Patrick Shanley. Everything that he does at the beginning of the movie are the same things Shanley did as a boy.
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The opera "Doubt" had its world premier at Minnesota Opera on January 26, 2013 with music by Douglas J. Cuomo and libretto by John Patrick Shanley, based on his play and film.
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It is the second movie where Meryl Streep's character is mentioned as "the Dragon". The first is The Devil Wears Prada (2006), where she was known as "The Dragon Lady".
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Last film appearance of Helen Stenborg before her death in 2011.
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French visa # 122330.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Just as he did with the play, John Patrick Shanley only told the actor who played Father Flynn whether or not Flynn was guilty. None of the other actors knew.

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