1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. —IMDb
John Patrick Shanley (born October 3, 1950) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. He also contributed articles on the performing arts to The New York Times among other publications.
Shanley was born in The Bronx, New York City, to a telephone operator mother and a meat-packer father. Per his Editorial Review by Amazon, he was thrown out of St. Helene’s kindergarten, banned from St. Anthony’s hot lunch program and expelled from Cardinal Spellman High School. When asked why he had been treated in this way, he burst into tears and said he had no idea. Then he went into the United States Marines.
He is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development with a degree in Educational Theatre, and is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.3 For his script for the 1987 film, Moonstruck, Shanley won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award… read more
Excellent film. Great acting from a great script. Even manages to be amusing at times, despite the gravity of the subject and general tone. Thought provoking in its handling of the central themes of uncertainty and faith, and in its consideration of matters of prejudice, the nature of belief, the possibility of virtue in the absence of kindness and the permissibility of transgression in pursuit of a greater good.
Good acting all around, but Doubt fails to examine the issues in a meaningful way. It's hard to take Flynn seriously when he's such a lame priest—his "sermons" betray the writers' lack of skill—and the nuns are so overtly moral that their confession of doubt seems incongruous. The musical selections aren't much better. In particular, why have The First Noel play at the end? What's that got to do with anything?
Film drama yang diadaptasi dari naskah teater John Patrick Shanley berjudul sama, Doubt, menceritakan mengenai kehidupan di sebuah gereja Katolik di Bronx, New York.
Bersetting tahun 1964, Doubt… read review
Seeing Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Merryl Streep go at it (fighting-wise) in a scene together was enough to make my head explode. Excellent, excellent cast — though I wish Amy Adams would branch out… read review
I have always been against films directly addressing subjects, instead of being subtle; in this case doubt. But this film was different. It possible that the reason I connect to it is that I am the… read review