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Sister Act (1992)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 29 May 1992 (USA)
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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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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choir | singer | convent | nun | mob | See All (182) »

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

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Comedy | Crime | Family | 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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The soundtrack includes "Rescue Me". The same song is on the soundtrack to another Whoopi Goldberg movie, "Jumpin' Jack Flash". See more »

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The order Deloris joins is stated to be a Carmelite order. Carmelite nuns are devoted to contemplation and prayer and do not typically engage in the type of community activities Deloris introduces in the film. It's not a matter of the nuns simply being too sheltered and naive to get involved with the world, but that they would have joined the convent with the understanding that this was not the sort of order that participated in secular outreach. 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 Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Stakeout (2014) See more »

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My Guy
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson, Jr.)
Performed by Whoopi Goldberg, Jenifer Lewis and Charlotte Crossley
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'Sister Act' has all the story it needs when it has Whoopi Goldberg in the lead...
22 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sister Act

Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is a lounge singer at a successful Reno casino, and is also the mistress of its manager, Vince LaRocca (a lazy Harvey Keitel), a drugs baron. Feeling unloved, she finally decides to quit her job at the casino and split up with Vince when he gives her his wife's old fur coat as a present. But then Deloris accidentally walks in on Vince dispatching one of his snitch employees, and literally has to make a run for her life. Taking refuge with the police, she discovers that she is required to testify in court when Vince is charged for his dirty deeds. But until then, the police arrange for her to hide out at a nunnery in Chicago, overseen by the Mother Superior (Maggie Smith). As Deloris reluctantly adapts to her new lifestyle as Sister Mary Clarence, she strikes up friendships with the unsuspecting nuns at the monastery, and even finds a way to put her singing skills to good use. But wherever she goes, Vince is never far behind…

The above plot synopsis is likely to imply to the unknowing that 'Sister Act' is a "woman in jeopardy" thriller, when actually it's the complete opposite. The creators of the film seem to have designed a worthy fish-out-of-water comedy, and then simply used the bookends of the film as window dressing. It's all the story you need, though, when you have Whoopi Goldberg in the lead.

I've always had a preferment to Goldberg's shockingly underused skills as a dramatic actress, but her funny act can make virtually any film enjoyable. This is one of them. However, this being a family film, the climax is slightly underwhelming, and seems to be trying to be funny that actually letting off tension. But 'Sister Act' is a decent comedy regardless.

~ 7/10 ~


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