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Set in 1964, doubt centers on a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a black student. He denies the charges, and much of the play's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority.

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Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 210792583
UPC 786936756173
UPC 14 00786936756173
Format DVD
Release Date 12/29/2009
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (2009) Amy Adams, Nominee, t Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,John Patrick Shanley, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,Viola Davis, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2009) Amy Adams, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,John Patrick Shanley, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Meryl Streep, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild (2009) Meryl Streep, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,Meryl Streep, et. al., Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's one of life's bitter ironies that one of the first things lost to moral certainty is the capacity for compassion. Righteousness is a cold, hard position, and an unshakeable one. It allows no room for one of the most basic tenants of human existence: doubt. Faith exists not in counterpoint to certainty but to doubt. And those in religious institutions who wish to commune with their fellows must never lose sight of the fact that doubt defines and binds us...Doubt, John Patrick Shanley's screen adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, is the story of doubt and certainty in direct conflict. And it's a tale that enters a moral quagmire from which it never fully emerges. Those seeking clear answers to difficult questions will not find them here. Movies often provide resolution and catharsis. These are rarely qualities uncovered in real life situations, and that is mirrored here. One is likely to leave Doubt pondering all that has transpired but perhaps no closer to "truth" than any of the characters are. Not since David Mamet's Oleanna has a play-to-film translation offered such difficult to digest intellectual substance...As hot-button an issue as is pedophilia in the priesthood, Doubt deals in subtleties. It asks questions about faith. It acknowledges the importance of vigilance yet, at the same time, cautions against embracing certainty because such an action curtails the search for truth. There's a lot here to digest, but it's not meaningless philosophizing. These characters and the pain of their circumstances become visceral. They are people, not abstractions. They merit understanding, pity, and anger. Doubt is an intellectually and emotionally exhausting and engrossing experience. It is drama of the highest caliber, shaped by words and characters and directed with a simplicity that stands in stark contrast to the complexity of the people and issues on screen.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review A Catholic grade school could seem like a hermetically sealed world in 1964. That's the case with St. Nicholas in the Bronx, ruled by the pathologically severe principal Sister Aloysius, who keeps the students and nuns under her thumb and is engaged in an undeclared war with the new parish priest...There is one African-American student at St. Nicholas, Donald Miller (Joseph Foster II), and Father Flynn encourages him in sports and appoints him as an altar boy. This is all proper. Then Sister James notes that the priest summons the boy to the rectory alone. She decides this is improper behavior, and informs Aloysius, whose eyes narrow like a beast of prey. Father Flynn's fate is sealed...But "Doubt" is not intended as a docudrama about possible sexual abuse. Directed by John Patrick Shanley from his Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, it is about the title word, doubt, in a world of certainty. For Aloysius, Flynn is certainly guilty. That the priest seems innocent, that Sister James comes to believe she was mistaken in her suspicions, means nothing. Flynn knows a breath of scandal would destroy his career. And that is the three-way standoff we watch unfolding with precision and tension...Doubt. It is the subject of the sermon Father Flynn opens the film with. Doubt was coming into the church and the United States in 1964. Would you still go to hell if you ate meat on Friday? After the assassination of Kennedy and the beginnings of Vietnam, doubt had undermined American certainty in general. What could you be sure of? What were the circumstances? The motives? The conflict between Aloysius and Flynn is the conflict between old and new, between status and change, between infallibility and uncertainty. And Shanley leaves us doubting..."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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, French, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, English, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
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Video Format DVD
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Albert Williams, Chicago Reader Streep and Hoffman are pitch-perfect, and Amy Adams is also superb as a young nun caught up in the conflict.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...Doubt compels viewers to examine their own assumptions as they become caught up in this fascinating tale.
Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat Exhausting yet invigorating, it's a drama one witnesses more than just views.
Perry Seibert, TV Guide Satisfies the heart and engages the mind.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender. It'll pin you to your seat.

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