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Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 27 September 1985 (USA)
When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

John Pielmeier (screenplay), John Pielmeier (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Doctor Martha Livingston
Anne Bancroft ... Mother Miriam Ruth
Meg Tilly ... Sister Agnes
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Dr. Livingston's Mother
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Detective Langevin
Gratien Gélinas ... Father Martineau
Guy Hoffmann Guy Hoffmann ... Justice Joseph Leveau (as Guy Hoffman)
Gabriel Arcand ... Monsignor
Françoise Faucher ... Eve LeClaire
Jacques Tourangeau ... Eugène Lyon
Janine Fluet Janine Fluet ... Sister Marguerite
Deborah Grover Deborah Grover ... Sister Anne
Michele George Michele George ... Sister Susanna
Samantha Langevin ... Sister Jeannine
Jacqueline Blais Jacqueline Blais ... Sister David Marie
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Storyline

When a dead newborn is found, wrapped in bloody sheets, in the bedroom wastebasket of a young novitiate, psychiatrist Martha Livingston is called in to determine if the seemingly innocent novice, who knows nothing of sex or birth, is competent enough to stand trial for the murder of the baby. While searching for the answer that her supervisors want, Dr. Livingston finds herself inevitably drawn into searching for the truth about the baby's conception and death. Despite the lack of cooperation that she receives from her own organization and the church itself, she eventually discovers more than she may have bargained for. Written by brado.3

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That night, murder wasn't the only sin. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agnes de Dios See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,642, 15 September 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,627,836, 31 December 1985
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the fact that her character is a chain-smoker, in real life Jane Fonda had quit smoking ten years before she made this movie. For the role, she smoked reed cigarettes - non-toxic, tobacco-free cigarettes made from cattail reeds, which are sold in health stores to people who are trying to quit smoking. See more »

Goofs

During the most profound scene where Agnes receives the stigmata, the audio boom is visible for at least five seconds. See more »

Quotes

Mother Miriam Ruth: [to Livingstone] Is she totally bananas or just slightly off-center?
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Connections

Referenced in The 13th Annual Young Comedians Special (1989) See more »

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Fascinating character piece
4 July 1999 | by stephan-17See all my reviews

In the world of movies in the eighties, Agnes of God is a true wonder : an intelligent film that carries more than one idea AND has its funny moments, beautiful cinematography, incredible casting, the most intense dialogue and some heavy drama. Jane Fonda has never been better. She builds a sensitive, complex character who has to deal with much more than she was originally willing for (her childhood, her faith, her identity, her age, Anne Bancroft as a controlling, protective nun, Meg Tilly as a supposed murderess of her own baby, and also a nun). The three actresses play beautifully together, immersed in a magnificent wintery Canadian landscape. This is American cinema at its best.


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