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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 ... Justice Joseph Leveau (as Guy Hoffman)
Gabriel Arcand ... Monsignor
Françoise Faucher ... Eve LeClaire
Jacques Tourangeau ... Eugène Lyon
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

Actress Anne Bancroft said of the film's larger questions: "After seeing 'Agnes of God' I would like people who believe in God to think again and people who don't believe in God to think again, as well." 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

Eve LeClaire: Nobody is interested in sending a nun to prison.
Justice Joseph Leveau: We're not telling you what to decide Martha. We're not even telling you to take this.
Eugene Lyon: Is there any reason why you feel you shouldn't take it?
[Martha pauses for a long moment at the window, then turns]
Doctor Martha Livingston: Today's my birthday. I always make bad decisions on my birthday.
[the Judge, Eve and Lyon all chuckle. The Judge throws the file down on his desk towards her]
Justice Joseph Leveau: Happy birthday.
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Such a good movie.
2 March 2006 | by mahkieslSee all my reviews

Having seen this movie for the first time when I was 15 or so, and having no idea what I was watching, I was in for some great viewing when I watched it again 20 years later.

The cast, needless to say, is stupendous. Jane Fonda, the late Anne Bancroft, and a fledgling Meg Tilly, back in a time when movies with just women actors were unheard of, especially dramas.

The plot of the movie orbits around a crime. In a convent, in the middle of a cold Canadian night, a scream in the darkness uncovers an unconscious Nun, Agnes(Meg Tilly), coverd in blood. After she is taken away the mother superior(Anne Bancroft) finds, to her horror, a dead baby in the waste paper basket in Agnes' cell.

Leary of sending a Nun to prison the Candian legal system assigns a psychiatrist (Jane Fonda) to Agnes to determine that Agnes is insane and to have her committed.

We soon find out, the Agnes, very young, innocent, and iggnorant of the ways of the world, had no idea that she was pregnant, how she became pregnant, or how anyone becomes pregnant. Agnes often is spoken to by someone she calls "the lady", as well as her dead mother. There are plot twists, and faith based happenings, and possible psychological explanations to things that happen in this movie to the point that would leave anyone guessing.

I believe this movie to be a hidden classic. The acting is superb, and seamless. The only thing I would question in this movie is the directors decision to make Jane Fonda's character (Dr. Martha Livingston) smoke so much. It is clear that Ms. Fonda did not smoke at the time, and she handles the cigarettes awkwardly at times.

Meg Tilly, however, is the light of this movie. She displays a John Malkovich ability to act seemingly crazy, but somehow not, at the same time.

Anne Bancroft, when is there ever anything to say about her, other then utter perfection.

The end of the movie leaves the watcher to make his or her own decision. Is Agnes insane? Or was she brutilized horribly by some man that managed to sneak into the convent. Why did the Mother Superior not tell everything she knew sooner? Truly a wonderful piece of film!


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