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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.
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Viola Davis, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Mrs. Miller, only appears 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.
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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.
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Meryl Streep hand knitted the shawl she wears in this movie.
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The movie was dedicated to Sister Margaret McEntee, formerly known as Sister James, John Patrick Shanley's first grade teacher.
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Frances McDormand was the original choice for the role of Sister Aloysius Beauvier.
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The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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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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During the scene in the office, in which Sister Aloysius first accuses Father Flynn, Philip Seymour Hoffman had a terrible cold.
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In the play, Donald Miller is never seen, and his last name is Muller.
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John Patrick Shanley offered the role of Sister James to Natalie Portman, but she declined.
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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.
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The street scenes of the church and school were shot in the Bronx, NY, in front of St. Anthony's church and school, which John Patrick Shanley reportedly attended. The school closed in June 2013.
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The screenplay for was featured in the 2007 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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Sigourney Weaver, Annette Bening, Kathy Bates and Anjelica Huston were considered to play Sister Aloysius.
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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.
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Tom Hanks, John Cusack and David Hyde Pierce were considered to play Father Flynn.
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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 as Sister Aloysius, Brían F. O'Byrne as Father Flynn, Heather Goldenhersh as Sister James, and Adriane Lenox as Mrs. Muller. 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). John Patrick Shanley wrote both the stage play and the screen adaptation.
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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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Last film appearance of Helen Stenborg before her death in 2011.
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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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The opera "Doubt" had its world premiere 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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The church organist, Robert Ridgell, is now Director of Music and Worship Arts of Christ Church Charlotte, NC. (2016)
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams also starred in The Master (2012).
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Viola Davis, and one Oscar nominee, Amy Adams.
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This was the only 2008 film to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Oscars.
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Some of exterior scenes, most notably the ones including the black iron staircase, were filmed at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Bronx, NY. The Sisters of Charity have a convent on campus.
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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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