Category Archives: John Patrick Shanley (filmmaker)



Doubt. 2008. John Patrick Shanley, director. United States.

One of the more memorable roles for Philip Seymour Hoffman, to me, was as Father Flynn in Doubt. Set in 1964, Flynn is a priest in the Bronx. Sister Aloysius, principal of the school attached to the parish Flynn administers, becomes suspicious of the relationship between Flynn and one of the students in her school. A tagline for the film reads: “There is no evidence. There are no witnesses. But, for one, there is no doubt”. This encapsulates the struggle that will unfold between the priest and the sister.

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