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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Anne Pitoniak ...
Dr. Livingston's Mother
Winston Rekert ...
Detective Larry Langevin
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Father Martineau
Guy Hoffmann ...
Justice Joseph Leveau (as Guy Hoffman)
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Monsignor
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
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Storyline

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

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Drama | Mystery

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agnes de Dios  »

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Trivia

The full biographical details of Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly) as revealed in the records in the convent's archives states that she was born on 15th July 1963, making Agnes aged around aged twenty-two years at the time that the film originally debuted in 1985. Sister Agnes had been accepted into the Convent of Mary Magdalene on 12th May 1981 about four years earlier aged around the age of eighteen years. Her full name was Agnes Louise Devereau and her parents were called Guy Martin Devereau and Mary Eugine Burchetti, the latter of whom is revealed [SPOILER ALERT] to be the sister of Mother Miriam Ruth (Anne Bancroft). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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Doctor Martha Livingston: [Last Lines] I don't know the meaning behind the song she sang. Perhaps it was a song of seduction, and the father was a field hand. Perhaps the song was simply a lullaby she remembered from many years ago, and the father was hope, and love, and desire and a belief in miracles. I want to believe that she was blessed. And I do miss her. And I hope she's left something; some little part of herself with me. That would be miracle enough, wouldn't it?
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Suppose the saints would have smoked if tobacco'd been popular back then?
18 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Golden Globe performance for Meg Tilly and Oscar nominations for Tilly and Anne Bancroft. This is a story that brings into question stigmata, belief, along with the possibility of virgin birth.

A nun (Tilly) has a baby, which is found dead, and she is brought up on manslaughter charges. She claims no knowledge of the baby or how to even have a baby.

Jane Fonda, an obvious skeptic, is a psychiatrist appointed to examine the situation. What is a to be a psychiatric examination turns into an investigation of the convent. Secrets come out bit by bit as Nancy Drew, I mean the psychiatrist, discovers the one secret that can explain everything.

But does it? Simple seduction or a miracle? It is left for the viewer to decide.

What is not left to the viewer to decide is the excellent performances by the three stars above. They were miraculous.


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