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December 25, 2008 Nationwide
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MPAA Rating
PG-13 for thematic material.
1 hour, 44 minutes


A nun confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a black student. It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep), 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 (Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams), 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 consequence.

Oscar Nominations of 2008:

  • Best Actor Supporting
  • Best Actress
  • Best Actress Supporting
  • Best Actress Supporting
  • Best Screeplay (Adapted)
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Additional Notes

  • Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play. Production began on December 1, 2007. The film, which centers on a Bronx Catholic School, was filmed in various areas of The Bronx and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Natalie Portman was considered for the role of Sister James, but she declined and the role went to Amy Adams.