Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From Miramax Films comes one of the most honored and acclaimed motion pictures of the year, Doubt. Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Doubt is a mesmerizing, suspense-filled drama with four riveting performances from Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis that will have you pinned to the edge of your seat. Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Streep), the rigid and fear-inspiring principal of the Saint Nicholas Church School, suffers an extreme dislike for the progressive and popular parish priest Father Flynn (Hoffman). Looking for wrongdoing in every corner, Sister Aloysius believes she's uncovered the ultimate sin when she hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy. But without proof, the only thing certain is doubt.
"One of the best pictures of the year," (USA Today, Rolling Stone, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner, Roger Ebert).
Bonus Features include From Stage To Screen, Scoring Doubt, The Sisters Of Charity
It's always a risk when writers direct their own work, since some playwrights don't travel well from stage to screen. Aided by Roger Deakins, of No Country for Old Men fame, who vividly captures the look of a blustery Bronx winter, Moonstruck's John Patrick Shanley pulls it off. If Doubt makes for a dialogue-heavy experience, like The Crucible and 12 Angry Men, the words and ideas are never dull, and a consummate cast makes each one count. Set in 1964 and loosely inspired by actual events, Shanley focuses on St. Nicholas, a Catholic primary school that has accepted its first African-American student, Donald Miller (Joseph Foster), who serves as altar boy to the warm-hearted Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Donald may not have any friends, but that doesn't worry his mother, Mrs. Miller (Viola Davis in a scene-stealing performance), since her sole concern is that her son gets a good education. When Sister James (Amy Adams) notices Flynn concentrating more of his attentions on Miller than the other boys, she mentions the matter to Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the school's hard-nosed principal. Looking for any excuse to push the progressive priest out of her tradition-minded institution, Sister Aloysius sets out to destroy him, and if that means ruining Donald's future in the process--so be it. Naturally, she's the least sympathetic combatant in this battle, but Streep invests her disciplinarian with wit and unexpected flashes of empathy. Of all the characters she's played, Sister Aloysius comes closest to caricature, but she never feels like a cartoon; just a sad woman willing to do anything to hold onto what little she has before the forces of change render her--and everything she represents--redundant. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Stills from Doubt (Click for larger image)
| || || |
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
Seeing Meryl Streep in the role of a Nun again is a strange turn. But the title theme "Doubt" is mostly grounded in her character's somewhat abrasive personality. I'm not going to suggest that I approve of her character's methods, of using deceit as a tactic to achieve her ends. I may be not the only person who can relate to having had a family member who attended Catholic parochial school, or encountered disciplinary meanness among their staff.
When the Priest whom she opposes in this film is caught red-handed in some questionable behavior, the consequences of his actions accurately mirror the evasive tactics having been deployed by the church when dealing with abusive Priests. What, perhaps, sorrows me most is their impact on the faith of the sister in this story. It reflects a larger wound inflicted upon the faith community.
Mr. Shanley and I appear to be approximately the same age, and although he went to school in the Bronx, and I in Brooklyn, this entire setting brought back many memories of the past, both great and small, which I thought that I had forgotten. You were NEVER to touch the person of a Nun! Ball Point pens were verbotten! (This movie explains why). Christmas was about the birth of The Savior (Not Santa Claus or Frosty the Snowman).
I remember, as an Altar Boy, getting up to serve Mass at 5:00AM Every Day. The Priests were part of a teaching order and it was improper for them to say Mass without a server. There's probably not a former Altar Boy alive who did not, at one time or another nick a little taste of the Altar Wine.
I can assure you that no Catholic Priest comes to mind that ever even suggested anything of a sexual nature to me. Not ever! not even once. When I say this, I am not casting... "Doubt" on the many children that were molested over the decades. I am only saying that this never happened to me. Perhaps I was an exceptionally ugly child.
The Priests were surrogate Fathers for those of us who had absentee fathers who preferred booze to nurturing their children. We looked up to these Priests.
The true Heriones of this Era to me were The Sisters of Charity. They were often strict but they gave children like me enough basic education to at least get them through life. I think they must have known that many children would have to go to work early and that Higher eduction in some cases was not an option. It is shocking, in this day and age, to see the subordinate role that women in the Church were reduced to occupying. Priests could smoke Tobacco and consume Alcoholic beverages. Women could not. The womens' lives were rigorous, demanding and demeaning.
Sure, there were some people in my school who didn't belong anywhere near children; Crabby old Sister Cecilia and that old Drunken Father Finn. I hated them, but every barrel has its rotten apples.
The performances in this film are wonderful. Meryl Streep is downright amazing! Is there any role that she cannot play? So many people have written that Sister Aloysius is a terrible person. I disagree. She's strict, but she takes her responsibilities seriously. Who does she remind me of? All of the nuns I have ever known! I caught a few slaps in my day,but, not as many as some of my peers. One would not dare to hit back! You didn't even tell your folks. They would ask "What did you do?" and if you fessed up, you would get more from your parents. It was an old-fashioned way of instilling discipline, but, it worked, in most cases.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a gentler character. He didn't stand out on the first viewing, but on the second, he held his own quite nicely.
The big Revelation to me was the performance of lovely Amy Adams. I remember a young nun very much like the nun Amy plays in this movie. Her name was Sister Teresa. She was sweet and gentle. She was everybody's favorite.
I have no idea what the Clergy was like in private or how they behaved toward each other in private. To the best of my memory, the Sisters went back to the Convent after Class (where they also ran an orphanage). It seems that all they ever did was work and pray.
The Priests had their own Residence. If the Priests and nuns interacted, I know nothing about it.
As most of you know, this movie concerns itself with the possibility that one of the Priests may be molesting one of the Children under his care. Sister Aloysius is determined to drive the Priest away. Would a nun challenge a Priest under normal circumstances? Certainly not! Would a nun challenge a Priest under the circumstances presented in the Movie? I think this nun would do just that. She is the Principal and therefore the protector of the children in her charge.
You'll have to see the movie to see how it all plays out.
A number of years ago, I met a very kind middle-aged woman. Even without that ugly habit, I knew at once that she was a nun. As it turns out, she was a member of the Order of The Sisters of Charity. She said that it had been rough sledding for the order in recent years. Vocations had fallen off and most of the sisters were old. I hope they survive. Society will miss them more than it knows if they should disband.
I will always miss them and I will always love them.
If you were raised as a Roman Catholic, see this movie.
Doubt is based off a play by the film's director, John Patrick Shanley. The film is composed mainly of dialogue scenes, but the lack of cinematic action is compensated by the beautiful cinematography and set design. Doubt is a period piece set in the mid-60's and captures that time period very well. The plot itself is symbolic of the culture clash that occurred at that time, one of the film's many layers.
Doubt is mostly carried by the performances of the two main leads, who do a masterful job of portraying these very complex and emotional characters dealing with some very intense and contentious situations. I highly recommend this film.
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Mystery & Thrillers
- Movies & TV > Indie & Art House
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Entertainment > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Entertainment > Drama
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Video > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Video > Drama