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I Confess (2004)

Montgomery Clift , Anne Baxter , Alfred Hitchcock  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HOEQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,423 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Confess" on IMDb

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Otto Kellar and his wife Alma work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Quebec. Whilst robbing a house where he sometimes works as a gardener, Otto is caught and kills the owner. Racked with guilt he heads back to the church where Father Michael Logan is working late. Otto confesses his crime, but when the police begin to suspect Father Logan he cannot reveal what he has been told in the confession.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing Hitchcock film gets its due on DVD September 10, 2004
Format:DVD
I confess I have a soft spot for Hitchcock's examination of the conflict between the vows of the priest and the vows of justice. Montgomery Clift plays Father Michael Logan. Father Logan has a murderer confess his deed to him. When Logan becomes a suspect, he's unable to divulge what was said. When a detective (a superb Karl Malden) begins investigating the murder, he comes to believe that Father Logan is the suspect he's looking for. Complicating things, is a woman that Logan had an affair with years before and her involvement with the victim.

One of Hitch's most stylish and the most noir looking thriller of his career, "I Confess" is one of Hitch's few films to be shot on location in the latter part of his career. Shot in beautiful Quebec, there's a distinct European flavor to the film due to the city's distinct architecture and cobblestone streets. Clift gives a soulful performance despite the fact that he and Hitch clashed on the set and having a script compromised by Breen's editing of the script for offensive material.

Although the film doesn't quite live up to the standards of "Strangers on a Train" (the film that preceded it) or "Rear Window" (the film after it), it's a very good minor classic in Hitchcock's body of work. The transfer looks unusually sharp for the most part and although there is noticeable grain issues here, it's to be expected given the black and white photography, age of the film and type of film stock used to shoot the film. Wonderful cinematography from Hitchcock's reliable Robert Burks.

The special features include a short documentary (about 20 minutes) on the making of the film featuring Peter Bogdanovich, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell and Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen to those who grew up on "Superman" on TV).
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Semper Fidelis November 19, 2004
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Hitch had made many "wrong man" movies prior to and after this, such as "The 39 Steps," "Saboteur," "North by Northwest," and of course, "The Wrong Man." What separates this from all the rest is that the movie's protagonist, Father Michael Logan, does not embark on a sudden cross-country quest to find the real murderer. In fact, the murderer -- German refugee Otto Keller -- is right under Father Logan's very nose all along, and Logan knows his guilt, because Keller has confessed the murder to Logan forthrightly.

Thus the suspense here results from the crisis of conscience Logan is put through, and few celluloid heroes have been put through the wringer the way Montgomery Clift's has been. His is a crucial moral dilemma: Divulge Keller's confession and get himself off the hook, or stay silent and perhaps be hanged.

Though Hitchcock held Stanislavsky "method" actors in disdain (Clift made shooting difficult, constantly defering to his acting coach on the set), he clearly could spot a great actor when he saw one. Montgomery Clift's portrayal of Logan complex and heartfelt. He invests his character with thoroughly believable intellect and emotion, and gives one of the greatest performances of a man of integrity the screen has ever seen. The viewer can easily empathize with him and the incredible pressure he must be under. Yet, the message is clear: Father Logan is a man of the true faith -- for by keeping true to the sacrament of confession, he keeps his soul intact and demonstrates his unyielding belief in the salvation of even the most tainted of souls, Keller's.

The tension is even further racheted up a notch, because as Keller fears the police closing in, he badgers and taunts Logan, accusing him of cowardice, suspecting him of breaking.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hitchcock film! March 19, 2001
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I won't go into the plot, since everyone else already has...let me just say that this is an EXCELLENT Hitchcock film! I can't believe I'd never heard of it before, but when I saw it I was blown away. Especially as the priest wrestles more and more with clearing his name at the cost of his priesthood, or keeping silence but being sentenced. The plot twist at the end in the courtroom is great, and shows that this is a true Hitch classic!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember when Hollywood believed in God? October 31, 2002
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This is an excellent movie! Montgomery Clift turns in a superb performance as Father Michael Logan, a priest who hears a confession of a murder. Shortly thereafter, Father Logan himself is suspected and, eventually, accused of the murder. Of course, he knows who committed the murder, but he can't break the seal of the confessional even to save his own life! Anne Baxter plays an old girlfriend who tries to help, but ends up making things worse. Karl Malden is very good as a police detective determined to solve the murder.
This is one of the best and most Catholic movies ever! I am a priest, and I encourage all of my brother priests to watch this movie. It is an inspiring look at the kind of priest that God has called us to be. It is also an excellent reminder to all Catholics about the great gift we have in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars realistic performance by America's greatest actor April 14, 1999
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Theres no such thing as Montgomery Clift giving a bad performance. One the entire family can enjoy. Nothing like the trash that Hollywood is turning out today.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER FIND FROM HITCHCOCK! February 7, 2000
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This was another one of Hitchcock's movies that I had never seen, but I'm glad I did! Montgomery Clift, as a priest who knows a terrible secret, is wonderful! (What a great actor he was - I have never seen him give a poor or mediocre performance in any of his films. It's such a pity his life was cut short)Karl Malden and Anne Baxter give good performances, as well, but the movie is all Clift's. The movie has an interesting premise - a murderer confesses his crime to a priest, who is bound by his vows not to reveal anything told to him in the confessional. There was a little too much talk in the film, but the surprise ending more than makes up for any minor complaints I may have had. Alfred Hitchcock's movies are wonderful - classy and intelligent as opposed to some of the rot being churned out of Hollywood today. A great film, a great cast, a great viewing experience into the dark sie of human nature!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hitchcock
Keeps you wondering during, and reviewing events long after it's over. Montgomery Clift at his finest. Beautiful scenes of Quebec and Hotel Chateau Frontenac.
Published 2 days ago by Ginger Burns-Bigdeli
5.0 out of 5 stars When you need it fast....
I purchase few things online, but I was more than satisfied with the service provided by Montgomery. The movie made its way to me sooner than expected. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lupe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
This film is a great but forgotten Hitchcock classic. It's an all-star cast with great acting and a great ending.
Published 11 days ago by Henoch Derbew
4.0 out of 5 stars probably most entertaining if you are Catholic, and/or like old movies
I got this movie because it was mentioned on a priest's blog as a good portrayal of the seal of confession, a concept which Hollywood so often gets wrong. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Gift Card Recipient
4.0 out of 5 stars A good old-time B&W movie
Great actors, directed by Alfred Hitchcock -- a good old movie! It is not "in your face," action-packed like modern movies, it's rather understated, but the tension held... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Heads Up, Alfred Hitchcock Fans ! Don't Miss This One !
Another Hitchcock masterpiece, cast with big-name stars of their day, 'I Confess' brings you the outstanding performances, haunting characters, and bizarre camera angles you've... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ReneeRamsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Montgomery Clift is so very talented. Rare Hitchcock film!
Good movie and fine performances. This is a film for those who are classic film aficionados only. This is a rare Hitchcock film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MAJS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hitchcock's very best!
Great movie for all Hitchcock buffs! Illustrates the full meaning and sanctity of confession in Roman Catholic, Anglican Catholic and Eastern Orthofox Christian denominations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars An innocent man wrongly accused
I Confess (1953) stars Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, and Karl Malden. This is one of the more or less "forgotten" Hitchcock movies from the 1950s, though it is good and severely... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorties
I loved the acting and the story line, as it worked for me. It was believable, and kept my interest.
Published 5 months ago by Prinz Franz-Josef
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