Doubt 2009

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In 1964 at St Nicholas school Sister Aloysius believes in fear and discipline. Father Flynn is trying to ease things, but when Sister James shares her suspicion with Aloysius that Flynn is paying too much attention to a new black pupil, she sets off a battle of wills as she goes on a crusade to learn to get rid of the Father.

Starring:
Meryl Streep,Philip Seymour Hoffman
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Doubt

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director John Patrick Shanley
Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Supporting actors Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Lloyd Clay Brown, Joseph Foster, Bridget Megan Clark, Lydia Jordan, Evan Lewis, Paulie Litt
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hurst on 24 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
John Patrick Stanley's film adaptation of his own Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning play 'Doubt: a Parable' unfortunately did not come up with any Oscars Sunday night but still deserves accolades for it's multi-layered plot, excellent performances and thought-provoking denouement.

The setting of the film at a Catholic school in a largely Irish/American Catholic neighbourhood of the Bronx in 1964 - a year after the deaths of JFK and Pope John XXXIII and the convocation of the second Vatican Council, which boldly sought a rapprochement of the Catholic church with the modern world - emphasises the central conflict of the film between:- (A) The old certainties of the past, as embodied by Meryl Streep's arch-traditionalist, stern, foreboding, ball-point pen hating nun. (B) The ever-increasing uncertainties of the present represented by Patrick Seymour Hoffman's modernist, charming and openly liberal parish priest.

The story is ostensibly a sort of 'whodunnit'? (or rather 'did-he-do-it'?) in regards to allegations of innappropriate relations with children but on a deeper level probes further into the nature of faith in an ever-changing and increasingly secularised world. Is Phillip Seymour Hoffman's character a sexual predator or merely a misunderstood victim? is Meryl Streep's character an overzealous gossip or true believer? there is indeed doubt. The film does not underestimate the intelligence of the audience and allows for several interpretations. Thought-provoking, engrossing and well-acted by a strong cast. A film that is well worth a watch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Prendergast on 9 Sep 2010
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The script and acting is amazing, I felt no difficulty in immersing myself in the reality of the school. I was taught in an Irish convent school in 70s, where the boys and girls were seperately educated, so the priests had very little contact with girls the way things were organised in our town.

There is such subtlety in how Fr Flynn interacts with the boys. He is positive and encouraging, warm and snarky. Yet the boys all flinch when he thrusts his long fingernails at them. Well all except Donald Miller, the boy under observation. Fr Flynn wants to innovate, Frosty the snowman, have a camping trip. Warning bells!!! Not Frosty, but the camping trip, an ideal occasion of total access to the boys.

Donald's mum hoped that the priest was kind to her son, regardless of his motivation. That sounded cold, until she said his life was in danger if he had to return to his last school or his father thought his son's "personality" had been discovered. The cruelty in that boy's life was barely sketched, but that was a theme that played whenever Sr Aloysius had dealings with children. The children were either a problem that needed correction and they should shut up. The other teachers and nuns were far warmer.

Cue Fr Flynn cuddling Donald in the corridor... he must have felt so secure to do that, either because he was innocent, or because he was in brazenly open and despite confessing to terrible sin "would never feel true regret" in Sr Aloysius' damning phrase.

I am puzzled about why Sr James hid the most telling evidence (the undershirt returned by the priest direct into Donald's locker) - was it inexperience, that she could not infer how the shirt was in his possession?
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By MT on 10 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
I rarely review films and books, especially those I enjoyed, as it is usually a very personal experience, but when to my amazement I found such mixed reviews for what in my opinion is a masterpiece, I felt the need to speak out.

Everyone will have their own opinion in the end, but the negative reviews of this film to date appear particularly misleading (incidentally one of them actually contains spoilers--shouldn't Amazon.co.uk filter these out?), and I feel the need to clarify a few things.

You see, this is NOT a courtroom drama or a John Grisham action thriller. Some of the reviewers seem to have expected this to be the case, since the story revolves around whether a priest is guilty of a heinous crime. But what this film is actually about is what you learn in the process of his persecution by the mother superior.

In "Doubt", people reveal just how far they are willing to go in pursuit of a cause they believe in. Love of God is put to test as human, almost primal urges rear their head. Parents are shown to be willing to make unspeakable compromises. And a young and naive nun learns that little is certain, except eternal doubt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Bright on 6 July 2009
Format: DVD
I missed this film at the cinema and so was looking forward to watching it on DVD. I wasn't disappointed. On the face of it the plot centres around whether or not a priest has an unsuitable relationship with a school boy. The film leaves you with more questions than answers so if you want a film that makes you think then this is for you! If all you want is action then turn away now.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. F. Gilby on 7 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
I wanted to see this when they mentioned it at the Oscars and it seemed to be a film to watch without being bored to death so I rented it out and watched it last night. It begins with Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talking about Doubt in church, something that makes the head sister (Meryl Streep) uneasy. When one of the other sisters (Amy Adams) comes to tell her that she thinks Flynn is taking advantage to a young black boy, Streep is head-on to get rid of him from the school/church for this but did he really do it and will Streep get her way for all this? It's a tense movie, filled with gripping scenes and you wonder if the characters themselves are pure enough. The outstanding pefomances from the top three stars are brilliant, Oscar worthy but lost out which was a shame. The only problem for me was there was a lot of unanswered questions and the ending seemed unsatfiying to me but it's a movie to watch if you pay attention and be shocked from Streep pefomance from happy in Mamma Mia to a strict and cold woman in this, it's a stunner.
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