Fanciful biography of the Belgian nun who briefly made the hit parade.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

John Furia (story) (as John Furia Jr.), Sally Benson | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debbie Reynolds ... Sister Ann
Ricardo Montalban ... Father Clementi
Greer Garson ... Mother Prioress
Agnes Moorehead ... Sister Cluny
Chad Everett ... Robert Gerarde
Katharine Ross ... Nicole Arlien
Ed Sullivan ... Ed Sullivan
Juanita Moore ... Sister Mary
Ricky Cordell Ricky Cordell ... Dominic Arlien
Michael Pate ... Mr. Arlien
Tom Drake ... Fitzpatrick
Larry D. Mann ... Mr. Duvries
Charles Robinson ... Marauder
Monique Montaigne Monique Montaigne ... Sister Michele
Joyce Vanderveen Joyce Vanderveen ... Sister Elise
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Storyline

Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is enthusiastic, progressive but naive, all which irks one of the senior sisters, Sister Cluny, especially the fact that Sister Ann has a prized material possession, a guitar she's named Adele. Sister Ann considers Adele and her music to be her friends. Contrary to Sister Cluny, the Mother Prioress believes Sister Ann will be a welcome addition to their order. This posting is to be the training ground for Sister Ann and others to become missionaries in Africa. Sister Ann's path takes a detour when the order's Father Clementi hears Sister Ann sing. He believes Sister Ann should record her music and as a favor asks Robert Gerarde of Primavera Records for recording time. Unknown at the time the request is made, Robert and Sister Ann are old friends who attended the Paris Conservatory of Music together five years... Written by Huggo

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GOT A HEART? Here's the picture for it! See more »


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Trivia

Debbie Reynolds' last film under her MGM contract. See more »

Goofs

When Sister Ann and several other convent members perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, the women are forbidden to wear stage makeup - even though all of them have been sporting obvious foundation, blush, lipstick, mascara and even false eyelashes during rest of movie. See more »

Quotes

Father Clementi: Your songs, your music, don't you think you've won a great victory through them?
Sister Ann: What kind of victory, Father, if I've lost myself winning it?
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Referenced in That Girl: My Sister's Keeper (1969) See more »

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Brother John
Written by Randy Sparks
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Good music....
25 January 2001 | by jack-260See all my reviews

The film is somewhat syrupy and a bit simplistic, but correct in most essentials and, after all, quite entertaining. The music, of course, is the best thing about it...quite uplifting. "Raindrops" is my particular favorite, but the duet on "Beyond the Stars" is excellent as well. Miss Reynolds' voice is more than adequate to do justice to the music, most of which (I see from the Soundtrack listings) Sister Sourire wrote herself.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

2 April 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Singing Nun See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,284,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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