True story of Jane Duco, a young nun who also had a job as a probation officer.





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Cast overview:
Sister Mary Damian / Marjorie Walker
Chuck Jardine
Mother Bonaventure
Sid Richardson
Bobby Sue Prewitt
Audree Prewitt
Michael Clark ...
Rick Seiden
Mrs. Crowe
Stephen Rogers ...
Arlen Crowe
Ann Summers ...
Sister Gratia


This movie is based on the true life story of a nun who goes to work as a probation officer. The story follows Sister Damian to her day job as probation officer Marjorie Walker. The naive nun is exposed to the seedy side of life, dealing with drug addicts and a suicidal teen prostitute, Audree. The show focuses on the conflict Sister Damian Marjorie has between her vows and her need to do the social work she feels is her calling. Written by Sooz <>

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Release Date:

20 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matter of the Heart  »

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1.33 : 1
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Joanna Pettet's son was named Damien and her character's last name is also Damien. See more »

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What sounds like a dopey premise is apparently based on a REAL story!
8 March 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Sister Damian (Joanna Pettet) has a calling in addition to her life as a nun. She feels the need to work with disadvantaged people through the probation office and is about to start a job working there as Marjorie Walker--with only her boss knowing she's a nun. Despite sounding like a really dumb premise, this is apparently based on a true story, that of Joyce Duco! However, I strongly doubt that Duco was this naive and this dopey when it came to her probationers. The problem is EVERYTHING her probationers tell her, this lady instantly believes...with wide-eyed innocence. This Mary Poppins sort of attitude really makes no sense. Yes, a nun might be much more likely to look into the good in people...but to be THIS naive?! I strongly doubt that...especially since someone like this would be almost completely useless as a probation officer. In other words, the writing was highly unrealistic and tended to portray Marjorie more as an annoying caricature than someone who really works with probationers. I was a social worker and worked a lot with the probation department...and someone like Marjorie would have lasted about 10 minutes on the job! Highly unrealistic and even cartoonish at times. I would love to see a new that sticks closer to Duco's life and respects the audience's intelligence.

According to "The ABC Movie of the Week Companion", this film was actually the pilot for a potential TV series. I can clearly understand why the series was never made!!

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