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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.

Director:

William A. Graham (as William Graham)

Writers:

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

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

This was Richard Carlson's final film before his death on November 24, 1977 at the age of 65. See more »

Goofs

The story supposedly takes place in New York City but it was filmed at Universal Studios in California. When the nuns are standing outside their apartment building in what is supposed to be New York City there is a car parked close to them that obviously has California plates on it, revealing the fact that the movie was actually filmed in California. See more »

Quotes

Sister Irene: I think our neighbours are Catholic.
Sister Michelle: Yes, it's too bad they're not Christian.
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Connections

Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Rubberneckin'
(uncredited)
Written by Dory Jones, Bunny Warren
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis - The Doctor
13 May 1999 | by RicstaSee all my reviews

Elvis Presley made his last acting appearance in this film, playing a doctor opposite nun, Mary Tyler Moore. The story revolves around 3 nuns abandoning their habits, and adopting 'street clothes' to work as nurses in a ghetto practise run by Dr.John Carpenter (Elvis). There are some good scenes where Elvis is allowed to show some acting skills for which he was never really appreciated, mostly due to the woeful scripts he endured during his acting career. On the few occasions that he was given good material, his acting talents shone through. (Most notably in King Creole).

At this point in Elvis' career it is obvious that he was relishing completing his 10 year film contract as he had become completely disillusioned with the film industry and the bad material he had been given for the best part of 6 years.

The good moments in this film only emphasise the disappointment that Elvis' film career did not reach it's full potential, and we can only ponder what might have happened had he accepted roles in films such as Midnight Cowboy or A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand, both of which were offered to him.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Change of Habit See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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