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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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John Patrick Shanley (screenplay), John Patrick Shanley (play)
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 90 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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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:

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. See more »

Goofs

A boy is caught listening to a World Series Game. The leaves had fallen off the trees, which generally doesn't happen until mid-to-late November. The 1964 World Series took place in early October. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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Soundtracks

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
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Music: "Te Deum", 4th century plainsong
Lyrics by Ignaz Franz, translated by Clarence A. Walworth
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Very good, very vague
21 November 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I'm not going to give a long or exhaustive review. A bazillion others have and the movie was released over a year ago--so my giving any sort of in-depth analysis is just needless repetition.

The movie's biggest strength is the acting. All three leading actors did a fine job and this was necessary to carry a film that has no special effects, explosions or love scenes. The vagueness of the film is also a strength. After all, the film gets you thinking and yet there is definitely no clear-cut answer as to what really occurred in the film. There is lots of room to foster discussions and debate. And, while I am a strongly opinionated person, I wouldn't have changed much of the film at all--except the very, very end when Meryl Streep's character, for the first and only time, shows some doubt and emotion. This just didn't seem true to her character. Still, this is a minor concern--and who am I to say, since I didn't win the Pulitzer Prize (last time I checked)! Some may hate the vagueness and want a very clear explanation as to what, exactly, the Father did--if anything. Some may hate that the film actually isn't vague enough (I slightly tend towards that). But what I love about all this is that so many different people see so many different things--mostly based on their own prior experiences and expectations. I could easily see someone seeing gay issues, pedophilia (and it's talked ABOUT but never even explicitly said) or a thousand other possibilities--or it could simply be a metaphor for McCarthyism. Who knows? And that makes the film so interesting.


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