I Confess


I Confess

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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.


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

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  • Jan 22, 2015
    ***Spoiler Alert*** I Confess that this is the 1st ever Hitchcock movie I truly enjoyed.I've never liked any of Hitchcock's other movies so I was NOT expecting to like this 1 at all.I was expecting to either fall asleep while watching it or turn it off after 20-30 minutes.I was into the movie right from the start & couldn't wait to see how it ended.My only complaint about I Confess was the ending.I never heard the 2 people, The 1 responsible for the murder & his wife confess to anything.The only thing they did was ask for forgiveness.I was expecting for the wife's conscience to get to her & she'd confess that her husband was the killer or the husband would confess to everything but neither 1 seemed to & that ruined the movie for me a bit.But still, Even if you're not a fan of Hitchcock I'd tell you go see this movie.It's worth watching
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 29, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2011
    An excellent performance by Montgomery Clift. Anne Baxter is not so good but competend. The dramatic core of the story is powerful (the dillema of the priest) and the film certainly builds some truly emotional moments from it (the scene right after the end of the trial in which Clift walks away into the crowd is great). But the finale is anticlimatic. The hero gets away too easily in the end. It is unfair to criticize the film in terms of lacking suspence. Hitchcock has other qualities as a filmmaker too and not evry film must be suspenceful. Also, there must be a mention of the soundtrack which includes some really nice variations of Dies Irae by Tiomkin. Sometimes there is too much music though and that makes the rhythm of the film look forceful at times. Overall a really good film.
    George M Super Reviewer

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