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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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Elvis - The Doctor See more (53 total) »


  (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)

Did You Know?

Rumours tells that Elvis Presley and Jane Elliot had a little romance during filming.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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Elvis - The Doctor, 13 May 1999
Author: Ricsta from Aberdeen, Scotland

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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