Summer 2009 Summer Films series
Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 8:00pm
Directed by John Patrick Shanley
Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley
Based on the play by John Patrick Shanley
Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis
Rated PG ·
In 1964 Bronx, N. Y., a vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is trying to upend the school’s strict customs which Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved principal has long fiercely guarded. The winds of political change are stirring in 1960s America, and the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. 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 begins a crusade directed against Flynn, a battle that threatens to tear apart both Church and school.
Oscar winners Streep and Hoffman and Oscar nominee Adams give jaw-dropping performances in this film version of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, a story about the quest for truth, the forces of change and the devastating consequences of blind justice.