Movie House Memories

Doubt (2008)

Episode #90

Miramax released Doubt to theaters on December 25, 2008. John Patrick Shanley directed film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.

Doubt Movie Summary

Father Flynn heads a Catholic parish in 1964 in the Bronx. He gives a sermon on doubt and says that it can be a binding force for those in the community. Sister Aloysius, an austere nun, and principal of the parish school, becomes suspicious of Father Flynn and worries that he might have doubts about his faith or the church. She counsels her fellow nuns to watch Father Flynn for signs of trouble.

Father Flynn, meanwhile, mentors the school’s first black student, Donald. The young and trusting nun and teacher, Sister James, becomes suspicious of Father Flynn’s relationship with Donald when Donald returns to class upset after a visit with Flynn with alcohol on his breath. Sister James also sees Father Flynn putting an undershirt into Donald’s locker.

Sister James shares her suspicions with Sister Aloysius, and Aloysius becomes certain that Flynn has molested Donald, despite lacking any solid evidence. The Sisters lure Flynn into Aloysius’ office under the pretense of discussing the Christmas program and accuse him of victimizing Donald. Flynn denies that anything inappropriate happened, and, when pressed, tells them that Donald had been caught drinking alter wine, and Flynn covered for him so that he would not get thrown out of the alter boys.

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Miramax released Doubt to theaters on December 25, 2008. John Patrick Shanley directed film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.

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