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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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 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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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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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. See more »

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Father Flynn turns during the basketball scene in the gym, showing the backs of his Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. They have a white heel tag with black writing. In 1964, they would've had a black heel tag with white writing. See more »

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[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow
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Written by Thomas Ken and Loys Bourgeois
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Absolutely riveting!
31 August 2009 | by manxman-1See all my reviews

Wow! Incredible performances from Meryl Streep and Philip Seymore Hoffman. Mesmerizing intensity from Streep as the nun seeking to find Hoffman guilty of a sin he may or may not have committed. Amy Adams gives a sincere performance as the nun who sets the ball rolling with her suspicions that Hoffman may have molested a black student. The scenes between Streep and Hoffman crackle with intelligence and frightening intensity. Streep, as the unrelenting figure of justice, determined at any cost to destroy Hoffman, is terrifying and unrelenting. Hoffman gives a performance less restrained and mannered than the one he gave in Capote (and won the Oscar for) and boy, does he ever deserve to have won a second one for this outing. An absolute knockout, nuanced and convincing in every way. What a masterful performance! John Patrick Shanley's script is riveting from start to finish. If anyone has any doubts about watching this movie due to the theme then put those doubts aside as the writing and acting are without doubt amongst the finest ever committed to film. A superb piece of work.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$507,226, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$33,446,470

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,699,984
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