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Release Date:
21 January 1970 (USA) See more »
Could he change her life, could she forget her vows and follow her heart... See more »
An incognito nun tries to help a doctor clean up an inner city ghetto, with the pair growing closer as time goes on. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

This was Elvis Presley's final film before his death on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42.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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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A swinging doctor brings help to the ghetto., 29 November 1999
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

A hip, young Dr. John Carpenter (Elvis Presley) comes to a bad neighborhood slum to manage a clinic. He hires three nurses, unknowing that they are nuns in plain clothes. One of the nurses (Mary Tyler Moore), falls in love with the guitar playing doctor and has to make up her mind to stay with him or go back to the church. This is Presley's last scripted movie and probably never looked better. Four songs make up the soundtrack featuring the million seller "Rubberneckin'". Also in the cast are Jane Elliot, Barbara McNair, Robert Emhart and Ed Asner. Great for repeat viewing.

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