Academy Award winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (â€œâ€) brings his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play to the screen as a gripping story about the quest for truth, the forces of change, and the devastating consequences of blind justice in an age defined by moral conviction.
Itâ€™s 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the schoolsâ€™ strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Academy AwardÂ® 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 AwardÂ® 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.
Stacked with an Oscar-nominated ensemble cast — Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, â€œâ€ will leave each audience member with lingering doubts, to decide â€“ and wonder â€“ just who is right and who is wrong.Â This is the stuff that great plays, and movie are made of, and this is a film not to be missed. (Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min. MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material.)
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