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Nuns on the Run (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 30 March 1990 (USA)
2 criminals want out but their boss kills those leaving. When the men are ordered to rob the triad, they keep the money and hide from the boss, triad and police at a convent, dressed as nuns.


Jonathan Lynn


Jonathan Lynn




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 ... 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 ... Father Seamus
Colin Campbell ... Norm
Richard Simpson Richard Simpson ... Mr. Norris
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ... Louis
Gary Tang Gary Tang ... Ronnie Chang
David Forman ... Henry Ho


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.


Comedy | Crime


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Did You Know?


The nun aliases of Brian Hope (Eric Idle) and Charlie McManus (Robbie Coltrane) were, respectively, Sister Euphemia of the Five Wounds, and Sister Inviolata of the Immaculate Conception. See more »


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 »


[Sister Mary briefly sees shaving gear in Sister Inviolata/Charlie's hand. Charlie quickly hides it]
Sister Mary of the Annunciation: You know, I saw two men last night.
Sister Inviolata: Oh, I'm sure it was just a nightmare.
Sister Mary of the Annunciation: Yes, but... was it real? Hmm, your face.
[Touches his face, then squeezes it]
Sister Mary of the Annunciation: It's all stubby! You've got a beard! You're a man!
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Crazy Credits

Brian Hope as Flight Attendant - this is the character played by Eric Idle 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 »


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


Gold Rush
Composed by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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23 January 1999 | by dany boySee all my reviews

Nuns On the Run is the funniest movie of the early '90's! Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane explode onto the screen like never before! Awesome...Completely,Utterly,Totally awesome.

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English | Cantonese

Release Date:

30 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$658,835, 18 March 1990

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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