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USA: Miramax Films
UK: Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures UK
Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Alice Drummond, Audrie Neenan, Susan Blommaert, Carrie Preston, John Costelloe, Lloyd Clay Brown, Joseph Foster II, Bridget Megan Clark, Mike Roukis, Haklar Dezso, Frank Shanley
Director: John Patrick Shanley
USA & UK: 104 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for thematic material
UK Certificate: 15 contains theme of implied child sexual abuse
USA Release Date: 12 December 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 6 February 2009
It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline.
The winds of political change are sweeping through the country, and, indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Muller (Joseph Foster). But when Sister James (Amy Adams), a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius is galvanized to begin a crusade to both unearth the truth and expunge Flynn from the school.
Now, without a shred of proof or evidence except her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn, a battle that threatens to tear apart the Church and school with devastating consequences.