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We're No Angels (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 15 December 1989 (USA)
Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.



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A couple of escaped convicts on the run find refuge with the Church when they are mistaken for two priests. The two are keen to flee but are unable to do so without the help of Molly. Written by Rob Hartill

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priest | police | con | convict | escape | See All (27) »


Escaped convicts disguised as priests. It'll take a miracle to get away with this one. See more »


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No somos ángeles  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$10,555,348 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this 1989 movie which debuted at the end of the 1980s decade, actor 'Robert de Niro' plays a convict who impersonates a priest. In 1981, at the start of the 1980s decade, de Niro portrayed a priest in True Confessions (1981). de Niro also plays a priest in 1996's Sleepers (1996). See more »


When Ned agrees to partake in the march to Canada while talking to Father Levesque a boom can clearly be seen being raised in the reflection of windows behind them. See more »


Ned: I can believe most anything, my problem is I just don't care
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Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, the film is dedicated to the actor Ray McAnally who passed away shortly after this film was made. See more »


Version of Trasiga änglar (1962) See more »


In The Garden Of Tomorrow
By George Graff (as George Graffe, Jr.) & Jessie Deppen (as Jessie L. Deppen)
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Simple, yet funny film, good acting
1 May 2003 | by (Milpitas, California) – See all my reviews

We're No Angels,First-Viewing, owned VHS,(Neil Jordan)- Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore, John C. Reily, Bruno Kirby, James Russo

An interesting comedy starring two very talented actors. This is the first comedy role I've seen DeNiro in prior to his 90s comedies (analyze this, meet the parents, etc…). DeNiro and Penn play escaped convicts who disguise themselves in a small town. Although DeNiro is great, and in certain scenes definitely shows his superiority as an actor, Penn overall gives the better performance. With a more complex character, yet simple (he is very simple-minded, but a complex character), his performance is very good. Although Demi Moore really didn't have a big role, she was convincing as a local woman in the small town. John C. Reily, once again gives a good performance, in a similar role to that of his in 'Casualties of War'. Overall a good film for laughs and well done by the director and screenwriter. Thought the acting was the highlight, and had some very funny scenes. 8/10

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