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Nuns on the Run (1990)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Hope / Flight Attendant #1 (as Eric Idle) (as Brian Hope)
Charlie McManus / Flight Attendant #2 (as Robbie Coltrane) (as Charlie McManus)
Sister Superior
Doris Hare ...
Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart
Sister Mary of the Annunciation
Robert Patterson ...
'Case' Casey
Robert Morgan ...
Winston Dennis ...
Tom Hickey ...
Father Seamus
Colin Campbell ...
Richard Simpson ...
Mr. Norris
Nicholas Hewetson ...
Gary Tang ...
Ronnie Chang
David Forman ...
Henry Ho


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.


Comedy | Crime


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16 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freiras em Fuga  »

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$10,959,015 (USA)

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One of two comedies where the two male lead characters impersonate members of the clergy which launched within three months of each other in the USA during 1989-1990. The movies are We're No Angels (1989) which debuted December 1989 in the USA where 'Robert de Niro' and Sean Penn pretended to be priests and Nuns on the Run (1990) which opened stateside March 1990 where Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane hid-out dressed up as nuns. See more »


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 »


Sister Superior: What happened to your arm?
Faith: I'm not sure. I fell.
Sister Superior: It looks like a bullet wound to me.
Faith: How would you know?
Sister Superior: I've seen bullet wounds. I've been a missionary.
Faith: Where?
Sister Superior: East L. A.
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Crazy Credits

Charlie McManus as Flight Attendant - this is the character played by Robbie Coltrane in the film. See more »


Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »


Composed by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Lyrics by Billy Mackenzie
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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Enjoyable comedy about criminals disguised as nuns
7 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle are "Nuns on the Run" in this 1990 British comedy also starring Janet Suzman and Camille Coduri. Coltrane and Idle play Charlie and Brian, who commit robberies for the big boss, whose cover is a health club. Unfortunately, they become personae non grata when one of their colleagues, who wants out, tells the boss that Charlie and Brian want out, too. That colleague later winds up dead. With their boss no longer trusting them, they are ordered to rob drug money from a dangerous group called The Trinity - but the boss has ordered his other associates to kill them. Charlie and Brian, meanwhile, have decided to rob the drug lord all right, keep the money for themselves and escape to Rio. When they arrive at the scene, their would-be killers are already there. Tipped off by Brian's girlfriend, they turn the tables on the assassins, grab the money, and run inside the nearest open doorway, which turns out to be a convent. They dress in nun's clothes, buy some makeup and become nuns. Nuns who always carry black briefcases.

This is a very entertaining, if often low comedy with good performances. Idle is funny as the lovesick Brian whose girlfriend Faith (Coduri) keeps losing her glasses and can't see anything. The beautiful Coduri is a riot, doing a sort of Marilyn Monroe in "How to Marry a Millionaire" by constantly walking into things. Coltrane plays the more pragmatic, tougher Charlie who can't help going into the girls' shower after teaching gym. He is also the one who really gets into the whole religious thing, being Catholic himself. "I think God is going to get us out of this," he announces. Janet Suzman does a good job as the Mother Superior, who finds the new nuns odd to say the least. But she has some other problems, one of which is dealing with an older, alcoholic, compulsive gambler nun who stole 50,000 pounds from the drug rehabilitation program run by the sisters.

If you're Catholic, you'll get a kick out of this film or hate it. I myself thought Charlie trying to teach Brian about the Holy Trinity was a scream, as was Brian totally botching it when repeating it to his students. Also funny was Charlie teaching Brian the sign of the cross and genuflecting. When Faith goes to confession, afraid she'll say something she shouldn't, Brian replaces the priest, and Charlie has to whisper the absolution in his ear, which Brian messes up. "I resolve you - no, I absolve you of your sins..." Definitely recommended.

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