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Nuns on the Run (1990)

Brian and Charlie work for a gangster. When their boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. They ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Idle ... Brian Hope / Flight Attendant #1 (as Eric Idle) (as Brian Hope)
Robbie Coltrane ... Charlie McManus / Flight Attendant #2 (as Robbie Coltrane) (as Charlie McManus)
Camille Coduri ... Faith
Janet Suzman ... Sister Superior
Doris Hare Doris Hare ... Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart
Lila Kaye ... Sister Mary of the Annunciation
Robert Patterson Robert Patterson ... 'Case' Casey
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Abbott
Winston Dennis ... Morley
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Father Seamus
Colin Campbell ... Norm
Richard Simpson Richard Simpson ... Mr. Norris
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ... Louis
Gary Tang Gary Tang ... Ronnie Chang
David Forman David Forman ... Henry Ho
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Storyline

Brian and Charlie work for a gangster. When their boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. They decide to steal the money for themselves, but when their escape doesn't go to plan, they have to seek refuge in a nuns' teacher training school. Disguised as nuns, they have to avoid their boss, Triads, the police, and Brian's girlfriend. There's also the problem of them being men disguised as nuns in an all women institution. Written by Rob Hartill

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The Story of an Immaculate Deception.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freiras em Fuga See more »

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Gross USA:

$10,959,015
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Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final production made by Handmade Films (under its original incarnation, which had started in the late 1970s). See more »

Goofs

When Brian's and Charlie's car runs out of gas, we hear the engine stall and the starter engine being cranked, while we still see Brian holding the steering wheel with both hands. See more »

Quotes

Brian Hope: I thought you were supposed to be eating fish on a Friday.
Charlie McManus: No, you're way out of date. Vatican II said we don't have to do that anymore.
Brian Hope: Who's "Vatican II"? The deputy pope?
Charlie McManus: Ignoramus. You can't have a deputy pope. The pope's infallible; you can't be deputy-infallible!
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Crazy Credits

Charlie McManus as Flight Attendant - this is the character played by Robbie Coltrane in the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

One version, such as the Fox television version, has an alternate scene. When the chinese man comes up to the car to ask why they are being followed, the newspaper Brian holds up to cover himself has a naked woman on the cover. In the television version, it is just a cover filled with news articles. This version is seen on FX and Fox's owned and operated networks. See more »

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Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

THE RACE
Composed by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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faith in silliness
26 April 2012 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Sort of an updated "Some Like It Hot", "Nuns on the Run" casts Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies) as a pair of bumbling gangsters who have to pose as nuns to hide from their employers, a rival gang, and the cops. There are more than a few scenes that they must have REALLY had fun filming! It's one movie that's guaranteed to restore anyone's faith...in slapstick humor, that is.

Yes, it's nice, brainless fun, complete with a scene whose target audience is probably 14-year-old boys. I particularly liked the scene with the gutter, but the truth is that the whole movie is a good time. Another fine accomplishment from George Harrison's HandMade Films (Harrison is even credited at the beginning of the movie).

And remember: we have to keep sinning to keep Jesus in business!

PS: Janet Suzman (Sister Liz) is the niece of anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman.


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