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Director:
Writers:
Robert Anderson (screenplay)
Kathryn Hulme (book)
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Release Date:
18 July 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Her Faith Remained Strong and True in the Face of Africa's Terrors! See more »
Plot:
In 1930, in Belgium, Gabrielle van der Mal is the stubborn daughter of the prominent surgeon Dr. Pascin... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Very High-Quality Film See more (80 total) »

Cast

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Audrey Hepburn ... Sister Luke (Gabrielle van der Mal)

Peter Finch ... Dr. Fortunati

Edith Evans ... Rev. Mother Emmanuel (Belgium) (as Dame Edith Evans)

Peggy Ashcroft ... Mother Mathilde (Africa) (as Dame Peggy Ashcroft)

Dean Jagger ... Dr. Van Der Mal

Mildred Dunnock ... Sister Margharita (Mistress of Postulants)

Beatrice Straight ... Mother Christophe (Sanatorium)
Patricia Collinge ... Sister William (convent teacher)
Rosalie Crutchley ... Sister Eleanor

Ruth White ... Mother Marcella (School of Medicine)

Barbara O'Neil ... Mother Didyma (War-time Hospital)
Margaret Phillips ... Sister Pauline (medical student)

Patricia Bosworth ... Simone (postulant who changed her mind)

Colleen Dewhurst ... Archangel Gabriel (Sanatorium)
Stephen Murray ... Chaplain (Father Andre)

Lionel Jeffries ... Dr. Goovaerts (School of Tropical Medicine)
Niall MacGinnis ... Father Vermeuhlen (Leprosarium)
Eva Kotthaus ... Sister Marie (Sanatorium)
Molly Urquhart ... Sister Augustine (Africa)
Dorothy Alison ... Sister Aurelie (martyred nurse, Africa)
Jeanette Sterke ... Louise (sister of Gabrielle) (as Jeannette Sterke)
Errol John ... Illunga (African convert)
Diana Lambert ... Lisa (the Resistance)
Orlando Martins ... Kalulu (African servant)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elsa Albani ... (uncredited)
Gabriella Andreini ... (uncredited)
Juan Aymerich ... (uncredited)
Ludovice Bonhomme ... Bishop (uncredited)
Grazia De Rossi ... (uncredited)
Giovanna Galletti ... (uncredited)
Dara Gavin ... Sister Ellen (uncredited)
Penelope Horner ... Jeanette Milonet (uncredited)
Irene Labhart ... (uncredited)
Charles Lamb ... Pascin (uncredited)
Ave Ninchi ... Sister Bernard (uncredited)
Richard O'Sullivan ... Pierre (brother of Gabrielle) (uncredited)
Elfride Simbari ... Sister Timothy (uncredited)
Frank Singuineau ... Murderer of Sister Aurelie (uncredited)
Marina Wolkonsky ... Marie (sister of Gabrielle) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Robert Anderson (screenplay)

Kathryn Hulme (book) (as Kathryn C. Hulme)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Fred Zinnemann .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
 
Art Direction by
Alexandre Trauner  (as Alexander Trauner)
 
Set Decoration by
Maurice Barnathan 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Grazia De Rossi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Julien Derode .... production manager: for Belgium and Congo
Chuck Hansen .... production manager (as Charles Hansen)
Orazio Tassara .... production manager: for Italy
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Vorhaus .... assistant director (as Piero Mussetta)
Sam Zebba .... second unit director
Sergio Leone .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Goffredo Bellisario .... camera operator (uncredited)
Léo L. Fuchs .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Franz Waxman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Stanley Browne .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Christian Ferry .... location manager (uncredited)
Marie-Louise Habets .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
149 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18979) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Trivia:
This was one of Audrey Hepburn's favorite of her films. It was also one of her most financially successful.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the scene where they are making their vows, the priest blesses each one in Latin. The formula should be "et Spiritus Sancti" and not "et Spiritus Sanctus."See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:"He that shall lose his life for me shall find it. If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast and give to the poor, and come follow me." Each sister shall understand that on entering the convent, she has made the sacrifice of her life to God.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Very High-Quality Film, 17 November 2009
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I was amazed how a long, fairly slow film like this could capture and keep my attention all the way through.....but it did. This is really a quality film, as those who have seen it for years, will attest. It's so well done, in all phases, that when the two-and-a-half hours are up, you just marvel and what you've witnessed.

Anyone who has tried to live a perfect life, to please God and never offend Him with sins of any nature, knows it is impossible. It is a noble pursuit, but an exercise in futility that can lead to utter frustration. That is the dilemma we witness here in this film through the life of a well-meaning and sweet-as-can-be Belgian lady: "Gabrielle van der Mal" who is renamed "Sister Luke" after completing her training as a nun in the 1930s. Audrey Hepburn is superb as this woman, who has the greatest of spiritual intentions and a heart not only for God but to be a great nurse and follow in her father's footsteps, a famous physician in his country.

Can't she be both? The answer, of course, is "yes," but that's not the answer she receives periodically at the convent, or interprets because she's so tough on herself, and it causes great inner conflict.

Hepburn doesn't have tons of dialog in here and doesn't require it. The different looks on her face during this long story, especially when there is disappointment, are priceless. They are so subtle, but so telling. I am one who would vote for this film as Audrey's best performance, which is saying a lot.

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