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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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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
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Sister Mary of the Annunciation
Robert Patterson ...
'Case' Casey
Robert Morgan ...
Abbott
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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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30 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Freiras em Fuga  »

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$10,959,015 (USA)
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Final production made by Handmade Films (under its original incarnation which had started in the late 1970s). 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 »

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Charlie McManus: You've got the Father, the Son and the holy ghost. But the three are one - like a shamrock, my old priest used to say. "Three leaves, but one leaf." Now, the father sent down the son, who was love, and then when he went away, he sent down the holy spirit, who came down in the form of a...
Brian Hope: You told me already - a ghost.
Charlie McManus: No, a dove.
Brian Hope: The dove was a ghost?
Charlie McManus: No, the ghost was a dove.
Brian Hope: Let me try and summarize this: God is his son. And his son is God. But his son moonlights as a holy ghost, a holy ...
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Charlie McManus as Flight Attendant - this is the character played by Robbie Coltrane in the film. See more »

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Referenced in The Weakest Link: 'Doctor Who' Special (2007) See more »

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DR. VAN STEINER
Composed by Boris Blank, Dieter Meier and Rush Winters
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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British gangsters dressing up as nuns -- now that's comedy!
18 May 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this when it was out in theaters. It was the first Python-related film I ever saw on the big screen and thus will always have a special place in my heart. That, and it's funny as hell (or heaven, as the case may be).

There are lots of memorable quotes ("God is like a shamrock -- small, green and split three ways.") and hilarious performances. I've always loved the scene where Robbie Coltrane finds a unique use for a bedpan. And the music -- by Yello and Hidden Faces -- is perfect.

As comedies go there have been funnier ones than "Nuns on the Run," but it works more often than not, and that's what really matters.


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