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Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 27 September 1985 (USA)
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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Anne Pitoniak ...
Dr. Livingston's Mother
Winston Rekert ...
Detective Langevin
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Father Martineau
Guy Hoffmann ...
Justice Joseph Leveau (as Guy Hoffman)
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Monsignor
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Janine Fluet ...
Sister Marguerite
Deborah Grover ...
Sister Anne
Michele George ...
Sister Susanna
Samantha Langevin ...
Sister Jeannine
Jacqueline Blais ...
Sister David Marie
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When a dead newborn is found, wrapped in bloody sheets, in the bedroom wastebasket of a young novitiate, psychiatrist Martha Livingston is called in to determine if the seemingly innocent novice, who knows nothing of sex or birth, is competent enough to stand trial for the murder of the baby. While searching for the answer that her supervisors want, Dr. Livingston finds herself inevitably drawn into searching for the truth about the baby's conception and death. Despite the lack of cooperation that she receives from her own organization and the church itself, she eventually discovers more than she may have bargained for. Written by brado.3

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That night, murder wasn't the only sin. See more »

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agnes de Dios  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,642, 15 September 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,627,836, 31 December 1985
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Actress Anne Bancroft said of the film's larger questions: "After seeing 'Agnes of God' I would like people who believe in God to think again and people who don't believe in God to think again, as well." See more »

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

Quotes

Mother Miriam Ruth: [about Sister Agnes] I am saying that you have a beautifully simple woman here.
Doctor Martha Livingston: An unhappy woman.
Mother Miriam Ruth: She's happy with us, and she could go on being happy if she were left alone.
Doctor Martha Livingston: Then why did you call the police in the first place, Mother, huh? Why didn't you just throw the baby into the incinerator and be done with it?
Mother Miriam Ruth: Because I am a moral person.
Doctor Martha Livingston: Bullshit.
Mother Miriam Ruth: Bullshit yourself.
Doctor Martha Livingston: The Catholic Church doesn't have a corner on morality.
Mother Miriam Ruth: Who said anything about the Catholic Church?
Doctor Martha Livingston: You just did.
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A movie that makes you think...
22 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a superb film. It has great performances, specially from Meg Tilly, as the young nun who has fallen from grace. Neither she, the rest of the sisters, or the psychiatrist sent to investigate the case, can find a satisfactory explanation. What really impressed me about this movie is the way it confronts religious beliefs with skepticism, confrontation that, in turn, is transmitted to the viewer with all its questions. Is what happened a big lie, just the product of the imagination -or distorted faith- of a young woman?. Is it all God's plan?. If it is so, did he make a mistake?. Is it all a miracle gone wrong?


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