Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  27 September 1985 (USA)
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When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Pitoniak ...
Dr. Livingston's Mother
Winston Rekert ...
Detective Larry Langevin
Gratien Gélinas ...
Father Martineau
Guy Hoffmann ...
Justice Joseph Leveau (as Guy Hoffman)
Françoise Faucher ...
Eve LeClaire
Jacques Tourangeau ...
Eugène Lyon
Janine Fluet ...
Sister Marguerite
Deborah Grover ...
Sister Anne
Michele George ...
Sister Susanna
Samantha Langevin ...
Sister Jeannine
Jacqueline Blais ...
Sister David Marie


At a convent, fragile, unearthly Sister Agnes gives birth, but the child dies and Agnes retains no memory of the event. The police soon are involved because of the death of the baby. However, the main conflict is between Mother Superior Miriam Ruth, who wants Agnes left alone, and Dr. Martha Livingston, a psychiatrist determined to help Agnes gain a stronger grasp on reality and uncover any wrongdoers. Written by Reid Gagle

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What unspeakable crime took place behind the third floor window? Only Agnes knows. And Dr. Martha Livingston is the one person who can unravel the mystery.


Drama | Mystery


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Also Known As:

Agnes de Dios  »

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Actress Jane Fonda has commented on the metaphysical aspects of the 'Agnes of God' storyline: "What it forces you to do is to begin to probe how you feel about miracles, faith, innocence, about the human need to believe in things that can't be explained. These are very fundamental questions that have been debated for centuries. This film isn't going to answer them, but I think it's a good time to re-raise them in an artistic context." See more »


During the most profound scene where Agnes receives the stigmata, the audio boom is visible for at least five seconds. See more »


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Fairly good psychological drama
2 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In one of her best performances, Jane Fonda plays a psychiatrist who is assigned to deal with a case involving a naive young nun(played by Meg Tilly) who allegedly gave birth to a baby and murdered it in the convent.

While slow and gimmicky at times, the acting and story are enough to keep the film worth watching.

Anne Bancroft also gives a very good performance as the Mother Superior at the convent who is highly skeptical of Fonda's character and profession.

Generally worthwhile.

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