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21 January 1970 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Elvis Presley ... Dr. John Carpenter

Mary Tyler Moore ... Sister Michelle

Barbara McNair ... Sister Irene
Jane Elliot ... Sister Barbara
Leora Dana ... Mother Joseph

Edward Asner ... Lt. Moretti
Robert Emhardt ... The Banker

Regis Toomey ... Father Gibbons
Doro Merande ... Rose

Ruth McDevitt ... Lily

Richard Carlson ... Bishop Finley
Nefti Millet ... Julio Hernandez
Laura Figueroa ... Desiree
Lorena Kirk ... Amanda
Virginia Vincent ... Miss Parker
David Renard ... Colom
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Hawk

William Elliott ... Robbie (as Bill Elliott)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Mr. Hernandez (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Aniov ... 1st Young Man (uncredited)
Ray Ballard ... Ice Cream Clerk (uncredited)
Jim Beach ... Father Witkowski (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Ajax Market Manager (uncredited)
Rita Conde ... Woman in Market (uncredited)

Steve Conte ... Man in Scene 166 (uncredited)
Frank Corsentino ... 2nd Man (uncredited)
John Daheim ... 1st Underling (uncredited)
Robert De Anda ... Teammate (uncredited)
Tony De Costa ... Chino (uncredited)
Paul Factor ... 3rd Man (uncredited)
Linda Garay ... Expectant Mother (uncredited)
Stella Garcia ... Maria (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ... Man in Scene 93 (uncredited)

Darlene Love ... Backup Singer (uncredited)

A Martinez ... 2nd Young Man (uncredited)
Troy Melton ... 2nd Underling (uncredited)
Lilith Miles ... 1st Stiletto Deb (uncredited)
Lenny Montana ... Grocer (uncredited)
Araceli Rey ... Senora Gavilan (uncredited)
Ruben Rodriguez ... Church Drummer (uncredited)
Stanley Schneider ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Harry Swoger ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Alex Tinne ... Tony (uncredited)
Alex Val ... Tomas (uncredited)
Roberto Vargas ... Cuban Mainliner (uncredited)
Len Wayland ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Caitlin Wyles ... 2nd Stiletto Deb (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Graham  (as William Graham)
Writing credits
James Lee (screenplay) &
S.S. Schweitzer (screenplay) and
Eric Bercovici (screenplay)

John Furia (story) (as John Joseph) and
Richard Morris (story)

Produced by
Joe Connelly .... producer
Irving Paley .... associate producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg  (as William Goldenberg)
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Douglas Stewart 
Casting by
Bob Edmiston (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Frank Arrigo 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Ruby R. Levitt  (as Ruby Levitt)
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Clair Holgate .... hair stylist (uncredited)
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph E. Kenney .... unit production manager (as Joseph Kenny)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Richard C. Bennett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Walt Gilmore .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Jack Terry .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joe Alves .... assistant art director
Willard Nunley .... property master (uncredited)
Bill Smallback .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lyle Cain .... sound
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Perry Devore .... boom operator (uncredited)
James V. Swartz .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilbur Gossman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ollie Hansel .... grip (uncredited)
Edward Hobson .... gaffer (uncredited)
William John Ranaldi .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
May Booth .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Austin Felious .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Cubby O'Brien .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Other crew
Diana N. Loomis .... script supervisor
Walter Woodworth .... production coordinator
Robert W. Zaslow .... supervisor: rage reduction scene (as Dr. Robert W. Zaslow)

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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This film was produced by NBC and distributed by Universal, some 35 years prior to the two firms merging.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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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Presley Performance, 13 February 2002
Author: Bud Sturguess from Texas, USA

Although I am not a fan of the legendary Elvis Presley (in music or on screen), I must say that after seeing his 1969 film, "A Change of Habit," I realized his talent as an actor was very underrated. Of course, he was placed in his share of cheezy B-movie musicals, some so terrible that, to quote the King himself, they made him "physically ill." But this film lets Presley perform in a more relaxed atmosphere, without the restrictions of having to have a guitar at his side every second (though he does sing a bit in this film, but not so much that it ruins the drama). The same year, Presley was offered Jon Voight's role in the Academy Award winning "Midnight Cowboy." This film has led me to believe that Elvis may not have been bad at all in that role. --Bud Sturguess, Texas

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