I Confess (1952)

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Based on the turn-of-the-century play Our Two Consciences by Paul Anthelme, this Alfred Hitchcock film is set in Quebec. Montgomery Clift plays a priest who hears the murder confession of church sexton O.E. Hasse. Bound by the laws of the Confessional, Clift is unable to turn Hasse over to the police.
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NR
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Classics , Drama
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Cast

Karl Malden
as Insp. Larrue
Anne Baxter
as Ruth Grandfort
Montgomery Clift
as Father Michael Logan
Dolly Haas
as Alma Keller
Brian Aherne
as Willy Robertson
O.E. Hasse
as Otto Keller
Judson Pratt
as Murphy, a policeman
Henry Corden
as Farouche
Charles Andre
as Father Millais
Gilles Pelletier
as Father Benoit
Roger Dann
as Pierre Grandfort
Albert Godderis
as Night Watchman
Ovila Legare
as Vilette, the lawyer
Carmen Gingras
as First French Girl
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Critic Reviews for I Confess

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

The movie is more interesting than achieved: it's the most forthright statement of the transference theme in Hitchcock's work, but it's also the least nuanced.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Chicago Reader
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While Hitchcock short-changes on the expected round of suspense for which he is noted, he does bring out a number of topflight performances and gives the picture an interesting polish that is documentary at times.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
Variety
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A good, workmanlike thriller, I Confess is only fair-to-middling Hitchcock.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Alfred Hitchcock's famous talent for brewing a mood of fine suspense with clever direction and cutting is spent on a nigh suspenseless script.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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It's heavy going at times...

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A passable yet underwhelming thriller...

Full Review… | July 30, 2016
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Audience Reviews for I Confess

Hitchcock's fans are bound to find something or another interesting in this simple crime drama, but I failed to hail any part of it. Not just the predictability, but the too-good-to-be-real love story also distracted me. Despite watching a work of fiction, I simply couldn't ignore that sort of execution.

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½

A murderer confesses his dirt to a Catholic priest, but will the priest keep his vow of silence ... even after the priest is accused of the crime? Like The Wrong Man, this (beautifully filmed in noirish black and white) is chock full of Catholic imagery and bravura performances by the principals, but the melodramatic script renders this only Hitchcock lite, which is still better than a lot.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I must confess, this is a fantastic movie! Any Hitchcock movie from the fifties is fantastic, really, and this movie is no exception to that rule. I love it.

Aj V
Aj V

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