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Doubt (2008)

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A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

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John Patrick Shanley (screenplay), John Patrick Shanley (play)
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Sister Aloysius Beauvier
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Father Brendan Flynn
Amy Adams ... Sister James
Viola Davis ... Mrs. Miller
Alice Drummond ... Sister Veronica
Audrie Neenan ... Sister Raymond
Susan Blommaert ... Mrs. Carson
Carrie Preston ... Christine Hurley
John Costelloe ... Warren Hurley
Lloyd Clay Brown ... Jimmy Hurley
Joseph Foster Joseph Foster ... Donald Miller (as Joseph Foster II)
Mike Roukis ... William London
Haklar Dezso Haklar Dezso ... Zither Player
Frank Shanley Frank Shanley ... Kevin
Robert Ridgell ... Organist
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Storyline

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 (251) »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La duda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$507,226, 14 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,422,556, 5 April 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Meryl Streep hand knitted the shawl she wears in this movie. See more »

Goofs

During the conference in the Principal's office, the door is left ajar. The amount of space between the door and the door jamb varies from take to take. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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Featured in Renegade Cut: Faith & Doubt (2018) See more »

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Is It Me?
Written by Joe Lervold, Adryan Russ
Performed by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans)
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By arrangement with MS-Pro
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New genre - the moral thriller
2 February 2009 | by jsorenson777See 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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