In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 44m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $50,907,234.00

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Release Information

  • December 12, 2008
    PG-13, Theatrical



Cast 26

  1. Amy Adams

    Amy Adams
    Sister James

  2. Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Father Brendan Flynn

  3. Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep
    Sister Aloysius Beauvier

  4. Viola Davis

    Viola Davis
    Mrs. Miller

  5. Alice Drummond

    Alice Drummond
    Sister Veronica

  6. Audrie Neenan

    Audrie Neenan
    Sister Raymond

  7. Susan Blommaert

    Susan Blommaert
    Mrs. Carson

  8. Carrie Preston

    Carrie Preston
    Christine Hurley

  9. John Costelloe

    John Costelloe
    Warren Hurley

  10. LC

    Lloyd Clay Brown
    Jimmy Hurley

  11. JF

    Joseph Foster
    Donald Miller

  12. MR

    Mike Roukis
    William London

  13. FS
  14. FD
  15. Paulie Litt

    Paulie Litt
    Tommy Conroy

  16. MM
  17. BM

    Bridget Megan Clark
    Noreen Horan

  18. MC
  19. Lydia Jordan
  20. SH

    Suzanne Hevner
    Mrs. Kean

  21. Helen Stenborg

    Helen Stenborg
    Sister Teresa

  22. Tom Toner

    Tom Toner
    Monsignor Benedict

  23. MP

    Michael Puzzo
    Father Sherman

  24. MB

    Margery Beddow
    Mrs. Shields

  25. Jack O'Connell

    Jack O'Connell
    Mr. McGuinn

  26. Marylouise Burke

    Marylouise Burke
    Mrs. Deakins

Crew 7


  1. Roger Deakins

    Roger Deakins
    Director of Photography


  1. MQ

    Michael Queen


  1. John Patrick Shanley


  1. DT


  1. Scott Rudin

    Scott Rudin


  1. John Patrick Shanley
  2. John Patrick Shanley

    John Patrick Shanley
    Theatre Play

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