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Shattered Vows (1984)

At the age of 16 Mary becomes a nun. But she never gets used to the strict rules of her new life and when she falls in love with Father Tim, she wants to withdraw her vow.


Jack Bender


Audrey Davis Levin (teleplay), Mary Gilligan Wong (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Bertinelli ... Mary Gilligan
David Morse ... Father Tim
Caroline McWilliams ... Sister Agnes
Tom Parsekian Tom Parsekian ... Rick
Millie Perkins ... Mrs. Gilligan
Leslie Ackerman ... Bonnie
Lisa Jane Persky ... Cathy
Elayne Heilveil ... Sister Miriam Rose
Ben Powers ... Tod
Patricia Neal ... Sister Carmelita
Matt Adler ... Pat
Joseph Battaglio Joseph Battaglio ... Priest (as Father Joseph Battaglio)
Susan Rinell ... Anita (as Susan Blackstone)
Robert Alan Browne ... Mr. Gilligan
Robert Clotworthy ... Mark


At the age of 16 Mary becomes a nun. But she never gets used to the strict rules of her new life and when she falls in love with Father Tim, she wants to withdraw her vow. Written by Volker Boehm

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Release Date:

29 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ainsi soit-il! See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Father Tim welcomes Sister Mary to New York, there are tall palm trees in the background. There are no palm trees in New York. See more »


Mrs. Gilligan: [after saying goodbye to Mary] She's in your hands now.
Sister Agnes: No! She's in God's hands.
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True to Life Portrait of Life in a Convent
8 February 2000 | by hawktwoSee all my reviews

I liked this movie for two reasons. One is Valerie Bertinelli. She brings warmth and believability to the role. The second reason is that the movie is like a piece of my own life. I entered the convent at age 18 (having spent 4 years in a boarding high school exclusively for girls who wanted to be nuns) and left after first vows but prior to final vows. I find the movie accurately depicts the transition time of the Catholic Church in the late 60's. It's like watching a home movie. The Grand Silence; the enforced Recreation Hour. It's great. We went from being cloistered to having regular jobs with lots of contact with outsiders. We fell in love at times. I know of 3 marriages of nuns and priests who worked together. For those of us who didn't marry priests but still left the convent, the movie offers an accurate view of the shock of living life without a Mother House. It's lonely, challenging (how to be age 23 and manage money when one has never been allowed to hold money) and yet exhilarating.

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