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I Confess

Montgomery Clift , Anne Baxter , Alfred Hitchcock    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars clift: probably the greatest screen actor period! April 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
this is by no means a great film, but it's essential for the incredibly intense, internalized acting of montgomery clift.
and that's what so incredible with clift. he could still make thin material like this an unforgettable experience.
it's no accident that brando, james dean, and countless others have named clift their biggest influence.
all potential actors should watch this perfromance, which clift said was inspired by reading kafka and watching chaplin.
it shows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER FIND FROM HITCHCOCK! Feb. 7 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This was another one of Hitchcock's movies that I had never seen, but I'm glad I did! Montgomery Clift, as a priest who knows a terrible secret, is wonderful! (What a great actor he was - I have never seen him give a poor or mediocre performance in any of his films. It's such a pity his life was cut short)Karl Malden and Anne Baxter give good performances, as well, but the movie is all Clift's. The movie has an interesting premise - a murderer confesses his crime to a priest, who is bound by his vows not to reveal anything told to him in the confessional. There was a little too much talk in the film, but the surprise ending more than makes up for any minor complaints I may have had. Alfred Hitchcock's movies are wonderful - classy and intelligent as opposed to some of the rot being churned out of Hollywood today. A great film, a great cast, a great viewing experience into the dark sie of human nature!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a lesser Hitchcock, but still recommended Sept. 6 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"I Confess," set in Montreal and starring Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter, is not one of Hitchcock's finest, but it's still worthy of your entertainment time. The musical score is rather lugubrious but the plot does move along. Clift presents his trademark longsuffering, noble look throughout, resisting the passionate entreaties of Baxter.
Unfortunately, the murderer with his accent somehow reminded me of Bruno Hauptmann, the German immigrant who may have been falsely accused of the Baby Lindbergh murder. (I 'm not giving away the plot; the opening scene reveals who commit the crime.) I don't accuse Hitchcock of national bias, though, as many of his villains are accentless Americans in other films.
A young Karl Malden turns in a fine performance as a detective, part of the strong supporting cast. There are some good scenes of the beautiful capital of Quebec. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hitchcock film! March 19 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I won't go into the plot, since everyone else already has...let me just say that this is an EXCELLENT Hitchcock film! I can't believe I'd never heard of it before, but when I saw it I was blown away. Especially as the priest wrestles more and more with clearing his name at the cost of his priesthood, or keeping silence but being sentenced. The plot twist at the end in the courtroom is great, and shows that this is a true Hitch classic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different...for Hitchcock fans Nov. 4 2000
By Kurt G.
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie. Montgomery Clift plays a priest who hears the confession of a murderer. However, he is bound by the seal of confession and cannot reveal to the police the identity of the murderer. Clift himself then becomes a suspect. Anne Baxter as a married woman who is still in love with Clift and Karl Malden as the police inspector are terrific. Shot in Quebec City. Great music by Dimitri Tiomkin.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
In the Catholic Church, the confession of sins has one important rule -- no matter what, the priest can never reveal what is said.

As wise as this rule is, it does have a drawback --sometimes a priest is unable to report a serious crime, even though he knows who the culprit is. Alfred Hitchcock tackled this touchy situation in "I Confess," a quiet little thriller that follows a young priest torn between staying true to his faith and being convicted of a crime that he didn't commit.

One night, Father Michael Logan (Montgomery Clift) hears confession for his caretaker Otto Keller (O. E. Hasse). Otto's sin? He tried to rob the house of a local lawyer named Villette, and then killed Villette when he was interrupted. But despite the penance Logan gives him, Otto doesn't return the money or turn himself in, but Logan is still unable to tell the police what he knows.

When a pair of girls report seeing a priest leaving the scene of the crime, Inspector Larue (Karl Malden) begins to suspect that Logan is the killer -- and his suspicions are only increased when Logan can't give himself an alibi.

His ex-girlfriend Ruth (Anne Baxter), now married to a rich politician, comes forward to try to clear the name of the man she still loves. But she inadvertently makes his situation even worse, and convinces the police that Logan is their man. The only one who can prove his innocence is Otto, the man who will do anything to save himself.

"I Confess" stands out among Alfred Hitchcock's films as the most Catholic-influenced, but it isn't really a "religious" film per se.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LA LOI DU SILENCE June 15 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Un très bon film je le voulais juste parce que il se passe dans la ville de Québec en 1952 l'année ou je suis né. C'est un très bon film mais j'aurais aimer la bande française aussi. Va juste falloir que je le regarde a la TV. Mais un très grand film de Hitchock. La seule qui m'a décus c'est que dans la description on disait doublage: french mais malheureusement il n'y a pas la bande française seulement les sous-titres...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 1 month ago by larry hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty Hitchcock
Great movie. This is about a priest who takes the confession of a murderer. Of course he can't spill the beans. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Big Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hitchcock's Best
Love this movie. I think it is one of the best Hitchcock movies ever made. Montgomery Clift is excellent in his role as the tormented priest. Read more
Published on June 16 2011 by Movie Nut
4.0 out of 5 stars Un classique du cinéma mettant en scène la ville de...
C'est exactement le film que je cherchais à un prix raisonnable. Pour voir la ville de Québec en 1953, c'est l'outil idéal.
Published on Jan. 3 2010 by Jacques Maltais
4.0 out of 5 stars What would you do if you were in his place?
“I confess” (1953) is a film that is difficult to watch, but also regarding. This is not my favorite Hitchcock film, but I am glad I saw it, even though at times it was hard to... Read more
Published on March 15 2007 by M. B. Alcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember when Hollywood believed in God?
This is an excellent movie! Montgomery Clift turns in a superb performance as Father Michael Logan, a priest who hears a confession of a murder. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by Richard A. Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Catholic Film
I just finished watching this movie and am very moved by the power of the Priesthood. Not only can the Priest give us absolution in Confession, he also grants us the Last Rites so... Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by Vincent Lim
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