Change of Habit (1969)

G  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  21 January 1970 (USA)
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An incognito nun tries to help a doctor clean up an inner city ghetto, with the pair growing closer as time goes on.


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


Only a few songs as Elvis plays it straight as Dr John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore stars opposite as an incognito nun with a mission to help Dr Elvis clean up the ghetto he lives in. Can the King compete against God for Mary's heart? He can if anyone can. Written by Paul Batey <>

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


Crime | Drama | Music


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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 was Mary Tyler Moore's last film until Ordinary People (1980) 11 years later. See more »


Sister Michelle: [after she reveals herself to be a nun, Dr. Carpenter is shocked] Say something.
Dr. John Carpenter: I'll be damned.
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Referenced in ALF: Consider Me Gone (1990) See more »


Have a Happy
Written by Dolores Fuller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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A Nice Surprise from The King.
16 August 2002 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

A sad lament among fans of Elvis Presley is that his handlers (read: Col. Tom Parker) thought so little of him and his talents that they put him in piles of cinematic dung such as "Paradise Hawaiian Style" and turned down movies like "A Star is Born". If you've spent your life watching "Girls Girls Girls" and "Kid Galahad" then seeing a "normal" Elvis sans jumpsuit or guitar or a bevy of bikini-clad babes may jar you.

However, "Change of Habit" is not one of his mindless musicals. It is instead an attempt at a "real" movie, and Elvis fares well. It is odd to see Mary Tyler Moore as his love interest, but it's odd to see her as anything but Laura Petrie to me anyway. A little better script, maybe a different actress as his foil, and "Change of Habit" would have been a better movie. But when you compare it to "Clambake" ....well.....that's not really fair is it?

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