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The Singing Nun (1966)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Family | 2 April 1966 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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 Charles Robinson ... Marauder
Monique Montaigne Monique Montaigne ... Sister Michele
Joyce Vanderveen Joyce Vanderveen ... Sister Elise
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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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As Joyous and Jubilant as Her Songs "DOMINIQUE" and "BROTHER JOHN" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

2 April 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dominique See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The song Dominique was not dedicated to the little boy Dominic, Sister Ann was friends with in the movie, but to Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order. This goof was added in the movie because the Catholic church was against Sister Ann's career, which is why the movie tells a fictionalized story. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Girl I Want (1990) See more »

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Brother John
Written by Randy Sparks
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An idealistic view of a non-idealistic world
11 August 2002 | by Charles-31See all my reviews

In the early 60's, a nun, calling herself The Singing Nun, released an album of musical hymns and religious songs that turned out to strike a chord with the public. Just about everyone alive in that era still can recognize the strains of Dominique. Naturally, Hollywood chose to make her story into a movie. What they actually did was make an idealized story into a movie, pretending it is the true story. As such, the story comes off as syrupy and too much everyone's fantasy of the perfect nun. She wants only to work with children; she thinks of nothing but her service to the church, she actually rails against abortion in the film. This makes the movie plodding and very boring in places. It also projects a too-virginal image that gets old very quickly. And, for some reason they felt the need to have an old flame to the pre-habit days around to spice things up just a bit, though she remains true to her faith throughout.

The true story is of Jeanine Deckers, known to the world mostly at Soeur Sourire ("Sister Smile"), who called the film "a film of fiction". In the convent she was known as Sister Luc-Gabrielle and did not like the Sister Smile moniker the record company came up with. In contrast to the perfection of the movie, Jeanine Deckers was a very conflicted personality who did not like the attention of the world and definitely did not hold an attraction to a male record producer as shown in the film. In fact, she left the order in 1965, accompanied by her lover, Annie Pescher, whom she stayed with until their mutual suicide pact in 1985. Gee, if you were an old Dominique fan, I probably burst a few bubbles there.

What I think is interesting is that the true story would probably be the Hollywood choice were it made today. The 1965 film portrayed perfection and idealism. I'm sure a 2002 film would search for the seediest of details and revel in her contradictions. What is sad is that neither version would make a very good film. The excessively sweet Debbie Reynolds/Recardo Montalban version is mostly pretty dull and the true story would undoubtedly resemble yet anther VH1 Behind the Music.

Watch for Katherine Ross in her first year as an actress as about the only real character in the film. The Ed Sullivan cameo is rather interesting as well.


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