MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 897 this week

We're No Angels (1989)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  15 December 1989 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 14,727 users  
Reviews: 39 user | 18 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

, (earlier screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 28 Mar 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 28 Oct 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 05 May 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 01 Apr 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "We're No Angels" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: We're No Angels (1989)

We're No Angels (1989) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of We're No Angels.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on... See full summary »

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt
Jacknife (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kathy Baker, Ed Harris
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story about a cheating and incompetent lawyer (Harry Fabian) who suddenly gets obsessed on becoming a boxing promoter.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman
Mistress (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A comedy about a screenwriter (Wuhl) whose old movie script is read by a producer (Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (Aiello, DeNiro, ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Primus
Stars: Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau, Vasek Simek
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical L.A.homicide detective investigates the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel
Midnight Run (1988)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest
Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto
Angel (1982)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Saxophonist Danny witnesses the murder of his band manager and a deaf-mute girl after a gig. Questioned by the police, he remembers only the orthopedic shoes of the killers' leader. So ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Veronica Quilligan, Stephen Rea, Alan Devlin
The Mission (1986)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally
The Miracle (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The two teenagers Jimmy and Rose spend their vacation at the small Irish sea-resort Bray. Out of boredom they observe other people and imagine wild stories about them. One day they observe ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Beverly D'Angelo, Donal McCann, Niall Byrne
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ned
...
Jim
...
...
...
...
...
Bobby
...
...
...
Ken Buhay ...
Elizabeth Lawrence ...
Bill Murdoch ...
Jessica Jickels ...
Frank C. Turner ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No somos ángeles  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,555,348 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the most famous movie quotations that 'Robert de Niro' is famous for, and perhaps the most of all, was his "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?" repetitive line of dialogue by his Travis Bickle character in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). Similarly, at one point in We're No Angels (1989), Demi Moore repeatedly says to de Niro, "Are you gonna give me those things? Are you gonna give me those things?". See more »

Quotes

Bobby: We're all going to fry for those guards we shot
Ned: Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me you shot the guards Bob.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

In The Garden Of Tomorrow
By George Graff (as George Graffe, Jr.) & Jessie Deppen (as Jessie L. Deppen)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A pleasant comedy with fine acting and an occasionally laugh-out-loud script by David Mamet. I think its rating deserves to be between 6.0 and 6.6 stars.
20 March 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Some movies become forgotten over the years, and "We're No Angels" is one of them. It's not a great comedy, but it's not a bad one, either. It's far more serious and moralistic than I had ever imagined, and Robert De Niro and Sean Penn essentially run around posing funny faces for the camera throughout, whilst the Catholic religion is used as a structural backdrop. It's a very different sort of role for De Niro, whose comedy is usually a bit more sophisticated. Here he barely talks at all, and when he does, it's usually harsh barking or screaming or frustrated whispers. It's not De Niro's most memorable role but it's certainly an unusual one.

A lot of the movie focuses on mishaps and misconceptions, as all of the movies from this genre do. It bears resemblance to last year's "School of Rock," about a loser who was mistaken for a teacher. This time the loser is equal to a pair of two escaped convicts and the teacher position is likewise that of priests.

The story all begins with Ned (De Niro) and Jimmy (Penn) escaping from a northern jail circa 1930. After heading for the Canadian border, they find themselves pursued by a ruthless jail warden and a town of do-gooders. Luckily for the duo, right before they come to the Canadian border, they are mistaken for two long-lost Catholic priests, Fathers Brown (Penn) and O'Reilly (De Niro). After given an introduction to the area by a fellow priest (Hoyt Axton), they decide to hide out for a while using their new personas. No one would ever suspect a priest, right?

The problem is that Fathers Brown and O'Reilly are supposed to be two of the smartest priests alive, having written a controversial book about the true meaning of the chapter Revelations in the Bible. So you can imagine the fear that Jimmy experiences when he is asked to lead the church in a pray prior to a meal.

Meanwhile, the mandatory romance is inserted into the movie, using Demi Moore's single, rough, over-protective mother as the love angle for De Niro's character. Demi spits out an unconvincing northern accent, as De Niro stares at her a lot with critical eyes and tries to get her into bed. The romance is not necessary but it seems a lot more worthwhile than most of the romances in some of these films.

The movie is one of the most forgotten I have ever seen; I'd never really heard of it prior to purchasing the newly-issued DVD. But I figured De Niro and Penn couldn't be that bad, and I was right.

I think part of the reason so many people like to ignore it is that it doesn't poke fun at religion. It doesn't make the clergymen out to be strange idiots. Rather, it makes the two escaped convicts seem out-of-place in a heartwarming place. The spirituality affects Penn's character, Jimmy, and his final decision on the bridge that separates Canada from America is one that we have sensed was long coming since his fascination in the church grew.

De Niro and Penn have two of the best faces in Hollywood, and a movie like "We're No Angels" uses this to its advantage. Making up for the long gaps of laughter, the director, Neil Jordan, focuses more on his two lead actors and their reactions to situations. Most of the time throughout the film, De Niro shrugs his shoulders a lot and emits low, agreeable groans from his throat in response to questions, while Penn looks confused and bewildered. There's a great scene where an eager-to-please clergyman (John C. Reilly) asks "Father Brown" something about his book, and Penn sort of stares at him for a few moments with searching eyes, trying to find a way out of the situation.

For some reason, the mistaken identities setup has been a long-time fascination for Hollywood. Just look at "Some Like it Hot," "Tootsie," "Nuns on the Run," "Sister Act," "School of Rock," etc. I think it's because we can all relate to a lot of the situations that the characters go through, and a lot of the embarrassment they suffer. We like to watch them ease their way out of dangerous areas and lie through their teeth.

"We're No Angels" is one of the better examples of this formula executed quite well. It's not a terrific movie, but the actors are, and the script by David Mamet comes up with its own occasionally hilarious segments that make the movie uneven, but a lot more fun than you might expect. No, it's not great, but it's just funny -- and sweet -- enough to recommend.

3.5/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer



21 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great WeaponXProject
What's up between Jim and the Young Monk? amethystlady2000
why don't I find we're no angels dvd in the uk? rpizzeghello
I want my five dollars back! aosbahr
A Great Honest Sermon eddysl12
Discuss We're No Angels (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?