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Sister Act (1992)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 29 May 1992 (USA)
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When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.



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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Miranda ...
Choir Nun
Carmen Zapata ...
Choir Nun
Choir Nun
Prudence Wright Holmes ...
Choir Nun
Georgia Creighton ...
Choir Nun
Susan Johnson ...
Choir Nun


Sister Act is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Carter who witnesses her mobster boyfriend killing an employee. She is then hidden in a convent under a witness protection program. She soon makes friends with the nuns, especially Sister Mary Robert, Sister Mary Lazuras and Sister Mary Patrick. After the Mother Superior catches Deloris going out to a bar in the night followed by Mary Robert and Mary Patrick, she orders her to join the church choir. Only to find her coaching the choir and turning them into swingin' singin' sisters. The choir proves to be a big success with the surrounding neighborhood, but will Deloris' boyfriend track her down... Written by Chantel Cotterell <ynnahc@msn.com>

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Plot Keywords:

choir | singer | convent | nun | mob | See All (180) »


No sex. No booze. No men. No way.


Comedy | Crime | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambio de hábito  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)


$139,610,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

| (5.1 surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Paul Rudnick was writing the screenplay, Bette Midler (who was attached to star at the time) suggested he should go to an actual convent to do research. So he went to stay in the Regina Laudis Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The Prioress of this convent was Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., who as a younger woman had been an actress, singer, and dancer in such Hollywood films as the Elvis vehicle King Creole (1958) and the beach romance Where the Boys Are (1960). Mother Hart is still the only known nun to be a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and she and her fellow nuns enjoy watching her Academy screeners every year. See more »


When Sister Mary Clarence is running through the kitchen to escape from Joey and Willy, they shoot at her as she starts up the stairs. Approximately one second elapses between the shot and the ricochet off the stair railing. In reality, at the distance the shot was fired, the ricochet would have been almost instantaneous. See more »


[first lines]
[in a classroom in 1968]
Nun: Who can name all the apostles? Yes, Delores?
Little Delores: John, Paul, George... and Ringo!
[the children laugh]
Nun: Delores Wilson, you are the most unruly, disobedient girl in this school! Now, I want you to march right up to that blackboard and write the names of all the apostles alphabetically.
[Little Delores walks up to the blackboard and writes "John, Paul, Peter" and "Elvis" in big letters, underlined. The children laugh again]
Nun: This is enough! You are hopeless, and I ...
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Crazy Credits

Newspaper and magazine clippings of the nun choir. See more »


Referenced in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »


Written by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, and O'Kelly Isley
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Whoopi Goldberg delivers a few laughs in this amusing little movie about a murder witness who gets hidden in a convent.
23 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel The nineties were an interesting time for movies to be made. This is hardly a spectacular film, but it is certainly amusing, and there are far worse things you can waste your time on. Like cable.

The plot of the movie is fairly basic. Delores VanCartier (Goldberg) is a lounge singer with a married lover who happens to be a drug dealer and other crime related stuff. Delores decides that she's going to leave Vince (Keitel), but when she goes to give him back the jacket he gave her and say goodbye, she happens to walk in right as Vince is getting his goons to shoot his less than loyal limo driver. Oddly enough, Delores runs like the dickens, basically straight to the police station.

Apparently it will take about two months for a trial date, so until that time, one of the officers hides Delores in a place that Vince would never look for her. A convent. Delores, an off colour black woman with a racy past, ends up pretending to be a nun. The Reverend Mother of the convent (Smith) is slightly less than thrilled at the prospect of having Delores stay with them, but the police do make a substantial donation to compensate them for their kindness.

After a long period of not fitting in anywhere in the convent, the Reverend Mother finally decides to put Delores in the choir. Delores brings her musical talent to the table, and the once atrocious choir at the convent starts to get a little bit better. Then a lot better. Eventually they are ready to sing in mass, and when they do sing, the rest of the nuns just look back and forth at each other as if they can't believe their ears. You can almost hear the thoughts streaming through their minds: "THIS can NOT be the same choir!" But rather than just sing traditional hymns, Delores jazzes things up a little bit and puts some twists into a few old favorites. This doesn't exactly thrill the Reverend Mother, but since it does bring people from the streets into the mass services, she can hardly object.

The convent gains popularity, the crowds start pouring in, and the once backwards convent starts to right itself, thanks to Delores. However, since there is a leak in the police station, Vince eventually finds out where Delores is hiding and goes to find her.

The rest of the movie plays out in a fairly standard manner, but it still highly amusing. Like I said before, not an Academy Award winning flick, but a good way to kill an hour and a half without having to think too hard.

Bottom Line: 3 out of 4 (worth a look)

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