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Change of Habit (1969)

An incognito nun tries to help a doctor clean up an inner city ghetto, with the pair growing closer as time goes on.

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William A. Graham (as William Graham)

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James Lee (screenplay), S.S. Schweitzer (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Dr. John Carpenter
Mary Tyler Moore ... Sister Michelle
Barbara McNair ... Sister Irene
Jane Elliot ... Sister Barbara
Leora Dana ... Mother Joseph
Edward Asner ... Lt. Moretti
Robert Emhardt ... The Banker
Regis Toomey ... Father Gibbons
Doro Merande ... Rose
Ruth McDevitt ... Lily
Richard Carlson ... Bishop Finley
Nefti Millet Nefti Millet ... Julio Hernandez
Laura Figueroa Laura Figueroa ... Desiree
Lorena Kirk Lorena Kirk ... Amanda
Virginia Vincent ... Miss Parker
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Storyline

Elvis in an uncommon dramatic role playing Dr John Carpenter, an inner city Doctor working in a free clinic. Mary Tyler Moore plays a nurse and a catholic Nun who is sent by the catholic action committee with two others dressed as nurses to help him. It about how they make a difference. Written by John Howard

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When the King of Rock Meets the Queen of Comedy, Romance Rules. [DVD tagline] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Este es mi camino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis Presley plays a character by the name of John Carpenter. Oddly enough, director John Carpenter of Halloween fame would later go on to direct a two-part miniseries about Elvis in 1979 See more »

Quotes

Sister Michelle: [after she reveals herself to be a nun, Dr. Carpenter is shocked] Say something.
Dr. John Carpenter: I'll be damned.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.95 (2006) See more »

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Have a Happy
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Written by Dolores Fuller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Change of Habit (1969) **1/2
7 January 2009 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Elvis Presley's 31st and last film at least tries to go into different territory as he plays a doctor working in a free clinic (!) working to help underprivileged people in the ghetto. Mary Tyler Moore is one of three nuns (her friends are singer Barbara McNair and newcomer Jane Elliot) who decide to forsake their traditional catholic garb and dress conventionally in order to go "undercover" as normal women to assist Presley in his cause. Understandably, this sets up the opportunity for them to get into all kinds of trouble in the hood, not the least of which is that Mary begins to fall for Dr. Elvis and must decide between Jesus or The King.

Presley only sings a few songs in this one, the best of which is the very bouncy "Rubberneckin' ", which I believe was revamped decades later to become a popular song all over again. Many people laugh at the idea of Moore as a Sister, but it works for me. Elvis' performance varies from time to time between rusty and competent, and at times I could accept him as a kind-hearted young doctor. It's refreshing to get something outside the usual Presley formula at this stage of his career, and the movie deals with social issues that were relevant at the time, though come off as rather stereotypical and politically incorrect when viewed today (and so what, the movie occurs in 1969). Some things are far-fetched -- did you know you could cure an autistic child by just holding her while she kicks and screams in rage, all the while assuring her "I love you"...? Even so, it's a strong scene in the film. Ed Asner, who would later star along with Mary in the classic "Mary Tyler Moore Show", has some scenes near the end as a policeman. **1/2 out of ****


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