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Nuns on the Run (1990)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  16 March 1990 (USA)
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Brian and Charlie (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B... See full summary »

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Brian Hope / Flight Attendant #1 (as Eric Idle) (as Brian Hope)
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Charlie McManus / Flight Attendant #2 (as Robbie Coltrane) (as Charlie McManus)
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Faith
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Sister Superior
Doris Hare ...
Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart
Lila Kaye ...
Sister Mary of the Annunciation
Robert Patterson ...
'Case' Casey
Robert Morgan ...
Abbott
Winston Dennis ...
Morley
Tom Hickey ...
Father Seamus
Colin Campbell ...
Richard Simpson ...
Mr. Norris
Nicholas Hewetson ...
Louis
Gary Tang ...
Ronnie Chang
David Forman ...
Henry Ho
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Brian and Charlie (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B & C decide to steal the money for themselves, but when their escape doesn't go to plan, they have to seek refuge in a Nuns' teacher training school. Disguised as nuns, B & C have to avoid their boss, Triads, police and Brian's girlfriend. There's also the problem of them being men disguised as nuns in an all women institution. Written by Rob Hartill

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The Story of an Immaculate Deception.

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Comedy | Crime

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16 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Freiras em Fuga  »

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$10,959,015 (USA)
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The movie has been compared to the English "Carry On" series. The DVD sleeve notes declare the movie is "a classic Carry On style farce" whilst 'Rating the Movies' said that the picture is "reminiscent of the British Carry On films of the 1950s". Moreover, 'Movies on TV & Videocassette' said that the film was "if Some Like It Hot (1959) were remade with the 'Carry On' cast". See more »

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When Brian's and Charlie's car runs out of gas, we hear the engine stall and the starter engine being cranked, while we still see Brian holding the steering wheel with both hands. See more »

Quotes

Brian Hope/Sister Euphemia: God is very busy. He can't control all the details. He's running a franchise operation.
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Crazy Credits

Brian Hope as Flight Attendant - this is the character played by Eric Idle in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »

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ON THE RUN
Composed by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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faith in silliness
26 April 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Sort of an updated "Some Like It Hot", "Nuns on the Run" casts Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies) as a pair of bumbling gangsters who have to pose as nuns to hide from their employers, a rival gang, and the cops. There are more than a few scenes that they must have REALLY had fun filming! It's one movie that's guaranteed to restore anyone's faith...in slapstick humor, that is.

Yes, it's nice, brainless fun, complete with a scene whose target audience is probably 14-year-old boys. I particularly liked the scene with the gutter, but the truth is that the whole movie is a good time. Another fine accomplishment from George Harrison's HandMade Films (Harrison is even credited at the beginning of the movie).

And remember: we have to keep sinning to keep Jesus in business!

PS: Janet Suzman (Sister Liz) is the niece of anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman.


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