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Nuns on the Run (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 30 March 1990 (USA)
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 ...
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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Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freiras em Fuga  »

Box Office


$10,959,015 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actors Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane are, not surprisingly, seen in drag in this movie. Both cross-dress in three identifiable professions associated with women, they being as (1) Nuns (2) Nurses and (3) Air Hostesses. 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 »


Charlie McManus: [teaching Brian how to cross himself] Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch.
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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
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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Hilarious brit film
25 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Nuns on the Run has to be one of the funniest british movies ever made. From the very start it is genuinely funny. I have been a big fan of Eric Idle for years due to The Monty Python films,sketches etc and in Nuns on the Run is comic standard is definitely up to scratch. If you like a laugh or brit films, watch this.

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