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At Theaters: 12/12/2008 On Video: 4/7/2009
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 44 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 529933
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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A charismatic priest and an iron-gloved Principal of St. Nicholas in the Bronx have a battle of wills. This battle threatens to tear apart the church and school with devastating consequences.
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Drama - This is a talky adaptation of the award-winning play. Fans of serious drama and the cast will have a lot to savor here. The target audience is older adults due to mature subject matter.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Meryl Streep MAMMA MIA!, LIONS FOR LAMBS, RENDITION
Philip Seymour Hoffman SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
Amy Adams MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY
Viola Davis NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, SOLARIS
Wri/Dir: John Patrick Shanley DEFIANCE, SAVAGE IN LIMBO
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About The Production
The Screen Adaptation
Casting The Film
The Design
Behind Doubt
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; one other.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, kid smoking.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some kid humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Excellent Doubt is an intellectually and emotionally exhausting and engrossing experience. It is drama of the highest caliber,...

Roger Ebert Full Review
Excellent 'Doubt' has exact and merciless writing, powerful performances and timeless relevance. It causes us to start thinking with the first shot, and we never stop. Think how rare that is in a film.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good Shanley has constructed a stimulating film that tackles the concept of reasonable doubt rather than overtly focusing on guilt or innocence.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and 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 (Amy Adams), a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius is galvanized to begin a crusade to both unearth the truth and expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shred of proof or evidence except her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn, a battle that threatens to tear apart the church and school with devastating consequences.
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