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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.

Writers:

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 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 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 (250) »

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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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Trivia

On the DVD audio commentary, writer/director John Patrick Shanley revealed that Roman Polanski had asked him if Father Flynn was telling the truth or not, about the abuse allegations. Polanski previously directed the 2006 stage version of the play in Paris and that's how both had contacted each other. See more »

Goofs

When Sr. Aloysius and Mrs. Miller are walking through Parkchester, the apartment windows have air conditioners and awnings. In 1964, no Parkchester windows had air conditioners or awnings. Air conditioners weren't allowed in Parkchester windows until 1998. See more »

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[first lines]
Christine Hurley: Jimmy? Come on! You're serving today.
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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #24.2 (2011) See more »

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March for Russell
Written and Performed by Steve Morrell (as Steven Morrell)
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Entertaining Drama In One Single Note
24 November 2008 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I wasn't bored for one second and that it is always fascinating to see great actors chewing the scenery. Meryl Streep is one of my heroes she will always be be here something happened. Her performance is devoid of highs and/or lows. She goes through it in second gear. I had hoped for a performance of the Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratchet with a pleasant almost benign exterior but a monstrous center and Philip Seymour Hoffman, another great, doesn't project any kind of sexual vibe so the sexual allegations may work on a stage play but not on the screen. The part needed a John Garfield. On top of that, there is something missing on the structure of the story. We're taken through two acts but the third act is missing. I didn't believe in that ending it felt to come out of left field. So yes, I was entertained but dissatisfied.


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Country:

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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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