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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as Father Michael Logan
as Ruth Grandfort
as Inspector Larrue
as Willy Robertson
as Otto Keller
as Alma Keller
as Pierre Grandfort
as Father Millais
as Murphy, a policeman
as Vilette, the lawyer
as Father Benoit
as First French Girl
as Night Watchman
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Critic Reviews for I Confess
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.
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.
A good, workmanlike thriller, I Confess is only fair-to-middling Hitchcock.
Alfred Hitchcock's famous talent for brewing a mood of fine suspense with clever direction and cutting is spent on a nigh suspenseless script.
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.
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.
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.
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