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I Confess (1953)

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A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

George Tabori (screen play), William Archibald (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Father Michael Logan
Anne Baxter ... Ruth Grandfort
Karl Malden ... Inspector Larrue
Brian Aherne ... Willy Robertson
O.E. Hasse ... Otto Keller (as O. E. Hasse)
Roger Dann Roger Dann ... Pierre Grandfort
Dolly Haas ... Alma Keller
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Father Millars
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Storyline

Otto Kellar and his wife Alma work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Quebec. Whilst robbing a house where he sometimes works as a gardener, Otto is caught and kills the owner. Racked with guilt he heads back to the church where Father Michael Logan is working late. Otto confesses his crime, but when the police begin to suspect Father Logan he cannot reveal what he has been told in the confession. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

FILMED IN CANADA'S COLORFUL QUEBEC BY WARNER BROS. (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | French | Italian | German

Release Date:

28 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's 'I Confess!' See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock: crossing the top of a staircase during the opening sequence. See more »

Goofs

The bailiff carries the mace as he precedes the judge into the courtroom for the final verdict and places it in a ceremonial holder. The reverse view from the judge's bench shows the bailiff inserting the mace and seating it again. See more »

Quotes

Otto Keller: I have abused your kindness. You who gave my wife and me a home - even friendship, so wonderful a thing for a refugee, a German, a man without a home.
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Unappreciated Hitchcock
22 November 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

I watched this recently and am somewhat perplexed by the relatively low score (for a Hitchcock film) that it has received. I thought the performances by Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, and especially Monty as the tortured priest were pitch perfect. The stark black and white photography also contributed greatly to the gloomy almost defeatist mood of the film. The extended flashback interlude of the past romance between Logan and Madam Grandfort was also very moving. The 'villain' Keller (Hasse) was sympathetic to a slight degree and the understated tension of his encounters with Logan were spine tingling. All in all, this is yet another gem from The Master, 9/10.


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