I Confess

1952

I Confess

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81%

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76%
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76%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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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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Cast

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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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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½

I think it’s an extremely well shot film, however it is not exactly suspenseful. Hitchcock usually had a sense of what would thrill and frighten viewers, but this was one of his rare misses in judgment. It’s not a bad movie by any stretch, the acting is well done and it has beautiful “Canadian� sets, but it’s just not all that likable. I think it’s more infuriating that you know everything from the start and that makes for a largely dull experience.

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