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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Buhay ...
Elizabeth Lawrence ...
Bill Murdoch ...
Jessica Jickels ...


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 (26) »


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?


You may have not noticed, but the birettas (the black square hats with three peaks) worn by these phoney priests are not worn correctly. The hat is to be worn so that the part of the hat without the peak is to be worn to the left. Each "priest" wears them differently and wrong. None of the other true priests recognize the error. I'm sure this is part of the comedy, though subtle. See more »


When Bob comes out from hiding on the shrine he fires a total of seven shots without reloading his six shot revolver. See more »


Deputy: Father, Father I've been shot
Ned: I'm very happy for you
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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 »


In The Garden Of Tomorrow
By George Graff (as George Graffe, Jr.) & Jessie Deppen (as Jessie L. Deppen)
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It's About Miracles, OK?
21 July 2004 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Saw this movie many years ago and really enjoyed it. My best friend has recently gotten on a Sean Penn kick, and I suggested he rent this. We watched it last night, and I again realized it's a very good story.

Two important comments.

First, it's not a comedy, as in a fall-on-the-floor, laugh-your-head-off, side-splitter. If you're looking for that, check out the Stooges, thank you.

Second, the story is about miracles. Both the lower case miracles that happen all the time to people, as well as the upper case MIRACLES that may change our lives. The Writer and Director focus much of the action on how we make miracles happen for one another without some divine intervention; pay close attention to the drawing of the name in the lottery.

And, if you don't spend time in liturgical circles as I do, you need to understand that the types and stereotypes in the ecclesial environment are real, in particular John C Reilly as the eager young Novice, and Wallace Shawn as the Translator/Master of Ceremonies. Last, kudos to Hoyt Axton, for his sincere, underplayed portrayal of the Abbot (Father Levesque); great men like that really do exist in some communities.

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