An underrated and very solid Hitchcock that trades thrills for overwhelming guilt. While the villain is a little weak the very good performance by Clift and the lovely cinematography (full of great symbolism) help lift this film that could've ended up subpar.
This is a consistently beautiful film from beginning to end, with so many virtues - a wonderful cast, effective location shots and well paced storytelling. The unusually somber and quiet narrative for a Hitchcock film culminates in a very moving final act.
Never considered one of Hitchcock's best, this is still an effective movie. He was a Master of location shooting and this benefits greatly from its Quebec setting. Monty Clift is a little insipid but maybe that has something to do with his character of a priest who hears a murder confession and is later accused of committing the crime himself. Best performance comes from Karl Malden as the Inspector on the case......
Incredibly underrated Hitchcock. No, it's not on the level of his best work, but as Stonez says in the post immediately below this, it has a lot going for it both visually and thematically. And you should never need any prodding to watch anything that Montgomery Clift is in.
Lesser Hitchcock thriller has a great visual style, but falls short in the story department. Despite a few solid suspense sequences, it's slow and talky - bogged down further by an unconvincing love story. Montgomery Clift is less than believable as the conflicted priest, though Karl Malden is good as a determined detective.