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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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16 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Freiras em Fuga  »

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$10,959,015 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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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: Look Charlie, some con men sell life insurance. The church sells afterlife insurance. It's brilliant! Everyone thinks you might need it, and no one can prove you don't.
Charlie McManus: The church isn't selling anything, Brian.
Brian Hope: Oh! Well, if the church isn't selling anything how did it get to be so rich? Just remember, wherever there's a deep human need there's money to be made.
Charlie McManus: You think so?
Brian Hope: Of course, look at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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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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THE RACE
Composed by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Performed by Yello
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Handmade with Care.
23 February 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Handmade films started off by making the phenomenal Monty Python's Life of Brian, made several fantastic films to follow that, and just 11 years later wound down their production with this hidden gem. Nuns on the Run is a truly British comedy. No other country in the world can do comedy as well as the British, and this movie represents when they got just about everything right. Perfect casting, fantastic scenario and some hilarious one-liners. This was really one of the last great films comedies, with only Fierce Creatures and Chicken Run coming close since. Unfairly maligned, I seldom hear a good word said about it in the film community, yet nobody I know possibly has any criticism of it. It will continue to be a personal favourite of mine, and I'd hope that other people will in time realise just what they've been missing. 9/10.


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