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Doubt Poster
Released Runtime Category
2008 104 Drama
Director Language
John Patrick Shanley English
Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Joseph Foster


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What's it About

In 1964, the St. Nicholas Catholic School in the Bronx is shaken by controversy when its austere, notoriously strict principal, Sister Aloysius (Streep), accuses popular, reform-minded Father Flynn (Hoffman) of sexually abusing Donald Miller (Foster), a 12-year-old African-American boy that a younger nun, Sister James (Adams), has noticed him mentoring after hours. Lacking evidence and witnesses, Aloysius is driven by her need to root out the threat posed by Flynn. But  is he guilty?

Why we love it

Enlisting Streep and Hoffman, two of the finest actors working today, for this Oscar-nominated film based on his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Shanley wrings a lot of gut-wrenching drama from his main themes, which hinge on faith and reason, doubt and certainty, progress versus tradition. Wedding past events (civil-rights era) and present-day concerns (the Catholic priest scandals), Shanley concocts a consummate chamber drama that leaves no “Doubt” about the talents of its top-shelf cast.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"