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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 ... 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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Taglines:

As Joyous and Jubilant as Her Songs "DOMINIQUE" and "BROTHER JOHN" See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,284,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the true story of Soeur Sourire, who had a #1 pop hit in America with "Dominique". Unfortunately, the lovable nun was a one-hit wonder whose life did not continue happily after her brief blush of chart success. After leaving the church for a full-time music career, she ran into heavy financial problems and eventually took her own life. 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 The Simpsons: Bart's Friend Falls in Love (1992) See more »

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Beyond the Stars (Entre les Etoiles)
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a most pleasurable trip back in time..
28 June 2006 | by hollisnaptownSee all my reviews

the singing nun is a refreshing trip back in time -- when movies were uplifting and you left the theater feeling good about yourself and inspired.

any commenter can check off a list of flaws, unbelievable characters, improbable plot lines, etc. the fact that this story is based on a real-life nun is irrelevant. it's an inspiring story in it's purest form. real-life has a way of intruding on our dreams no matter what our intentions or who we are. same with the real singing nun. if you watch this movie with an open mind and check your cynicism at the door, you'll be rewarded with an uplifting experience.

debbie reynolds is in fine voice, as all the other comments seem to point out. the cast is strong and good. the music, if you grew up in the catholic church or any number of protestant churches in the 60's and 70's, will be familiar.

as a bonus, my 9 year-old daughter watched it with me recently on tcm and loved it. i didn't have to worry about any questionable scenes, a refreshing change nowadays.

so, there you have it from a rock and roll dad, still no saint, but touched nonetheless by a simple movie with a simple message. helping people less fortunate than us. what a concept.


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