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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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Choir Nun
Carmen Zapata ...
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Prudence Wright Holmes ...
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Georgia Creighton ...
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Choir Nun
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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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No sex. No booze. No men. No way.

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Comedy | Crime | Music

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

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29 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Cambio de hábito  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$139,610,000 (USA)
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Trivia

One of the neighborhood teenage girls is played by Desreta Jackson, who played the young version of Celie, Whoopi Goldberg's character in The Color Purple (1985). See more »

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In the first scene, young Delores' teacher asks her to write the names of all the apostles on the blackboard, alphabetically. Delores writes "John, Paul, Peter, Elvis." Until she writes "Elvis" the teacher is nodding in approval. Two things are wrong with this. First, Paul (though considered an apostle in a different context) is not one of the original twelve apostles. Second, when the apostles are written alphabetically, "Andrew" is the first. Any Catholic school teacher would have corrected her long before she added "Elvis" to the list. See more »

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

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

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If My Sister's In Trouble
Written by David Barratt and William Clift
Performed by Lady Soul
Courtesy of Boston International Records / Hollywood Records
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Nun better....
14 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TIDBIT - Bette Midler was the original choice for the lead in "Sister Act".

That may have been cute (a Jewish nun?) but in choosing Whoopi, "Sister Act" gives itself a shot in the arm with an incomparable comic talent and insures every scene with Deloris/Mary Clarence is a highlight unto itself.

After witnessing a Mob hit courtesy of her boyfriend (Keitel), casino lounge singer Whoopi hightails it to her local police where a helpful cop (Nunn) puts her in the Witness Protection Program and before you can say "holy, holy, holy", sends her to the last place in the world anyone would think of finding a second-rate lounge singer.

Once the church, nuns and choir music with a Motown beat are all introduced, things pick up steadily. All the nuns are funny (especially Najimy as the eternally sunny Sister Mary Patrick) and there are so many good scenes to be had thereafter (the bar scene, the first choir practice, the blossoming of Sister Mary Robert (Makkenna), etc.), that you can't help but smile, even if you're tired of nuns as a springboard for comedy.

And there's something about the music: the gospel-tinged soul songs like "My God", "I Will Follow Him" and such lift your spirits and are infectious in their own right. The last scene in the movie is quite moving, truth be told, and lets you in on a secret... God moves in mysterious ways.

Amen.

Nine stars. These "Sister"s rock!


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