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Change of Habit (1969)

An incognito nun tries to help a doctor clean up an inner city ghetto, with the pair growing closer as time goes on.


(as William Graham)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sister Michelle
Sister Irene
Sister Barbara
Leora Dana ...
Mother Joseph
Lt. Moretti
The Banker
Father Gibbons
Doro Merande ...
Bishop Finley
Nefti Millet ...
Julio Hernandez
Laura Figueroa ...
Lorena Kirk ...
Miss Parker


Elvis in an uncommon dramatic role playing Dr John Carpenter, an inner city Doctor working in a free clinic. Mary Tyler Moore plays a nurse and a catholic Nun who is sent by the catholic action committee with two others dressed as nurses to help him. It about how they make a difference. Written by John Howard

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Could he change her life, could she forget her vows and follow her heart... See more »


Crime | Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

21 January 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Este es mi camino  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was a part of contract made between Elvis Presley and NBC in 1968 which included the "Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special" (1968) (TV) and this movie. See more »


Sister Irene: I think our neighbours are Catholic.
Sister Michelle: Yes, it's too bad they're not Christian.
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Referenced in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Killer Moves (2014) See more »


Have a Happy
Written by Dolores Fuller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis - The Doctor
13 May 1999 | by (Aberdeen, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Elvis Presley made his last acting appearance in this film, playing a doctor opposite nun, Mary Tyler Moore. The story revolves around 3 nuns abandoning their habits, and adopting 'street clothes' to work as nurses in a ghetto practise run by Dr.John Carpenter (Elvis). There are some good scenes where Elvis is allowed to show some acting skills for which he was never really appreciated, mostly due to the woeful scripts he endured during his acting career. On the few occasions that he was given good material, his acting talents shone through. (Most notably in King Creole).

At this point in Elvis' career it is obvious that he was relishing completing his 10 year film contract as he had become completely disillusioned with the film industry and the bad material he had been given for the best part of 6 years.

The good moments in this film only emphasise the disappointment that Elvis' film career did not reach it's full potential, and we can only ponder what might have happened had he accepted roles in films such as Midnight Cowboy or A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand, both of which were offered to him.

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