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Sister Act (1992)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 29 May 1992 (USA)
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When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Deloris
... Mother Superior
... Mary Patrick
... Mary Robert
... Mary Lazarus
... Vince LaRocca
... Eddie Souther
Robert Miranda ... Joey
... Willy
... Choir Nun
Carmen Zapata ... Choir Nun
... Choir Nun
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Choir Nun
Georgia Creighton ... Choir Nun
Susan Johnson ... Choir Nun
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Deloris Wilson, a black woman who has chosen the stage name Deloris Van Cartier, is a Reno lounge singer, she the lead in a girl trio in which she also chooses and arranges the music and choreographs the shows. She is a wisecracking, showy woman who has always loved music. She, however, only has her current job being hired by her married lover, Vince LaRocca, to sing in his casino's lounge. She learns of Vince's true business as a gangster when she walks in on him killing one of his employees who wronged him. As a witness to the murder, Deloris goes on the run to the police, Lt. Eddie Souther who has long been running an operation to get enough evidence to put Vince behind bars, this murder which could be the proverbial nail in Vince's coffin. However, Vince has put a contract out on Deloris' life to prevent her from testifying against him. As such, Eddie has to hide her until the trial, which will be at least two months. Where Eddie chooses is St. Katherine's, a poor Catholic parish ... Written by Huggo

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No sex. No booze. No men. No way.

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Comedy | Crime | Family | Music

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Rated PG for mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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29 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Cambio de hábito  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,894,587, 31 May 1992

Gross USA:

$139,610,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$231,600,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack includes "Rescue Me". The same song is on the soundtrack to another Whoopi Goldberg movie, Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Sister Mary Clarence/Dolores is meeting with the Mother Superior in her office right after the first choir performance in which she is choir mistress a crewmember's hand can be seen trying to get the pigeons to stay on the window sill. See more »

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[first lines]
[in a classroom in 1968]
Nun: Who can name all the apostles? Yes, Delores?
Little Delores: John, Paul, George... and Ringo!
[the children laugh]
Nun: Delores Wilson, you are the most unruly, disobedient girl in this school! Now, I want you to march right up to that blackboard and write the names of all the apostles alphabetically.
[Little Delores walks up to the blackboard and writes "John, Paul, Peter" and "Elvis" in big letters, underlined. The children laugh again]
Nun: This is enough! You are hopeless, and I ...
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Crazy Credits

Newspaper and magazine clippings of the nun choir. See more »

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Referenced in My 600-lb Life: Brandi and Kandi's Story (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Rescue Me
Written by Carl Smith and Raynard Miner
Performed by Fontella Bass
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Nun better....
14 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

TIDBIT - Bette Midler was the original choice for the lead in "Sister Act".

That may have been cute (a Jewish nun?) but in choosing Whoopi, "Sister Act" gives itself a shot in the arm with an incomparable comic talent and insures every scene with Deloris/Mary Clarence is a highlight unto itself.

After witnessing a Mob hit courtesy of her boyfriend (Keitel), casino lounge singer Whoopi hightails it to her local police where a helpful cop (Nunn) puts her in the Witness Protection Program and before you can say "holy, holy, holy", sends her to the last place in the world anyone would think of finding a second-rate lounge singer.

Once the church, nuns and choir music with a Motown beat are all introduced, things pick up steadily. All the nuns are funny (especially Najimy as the eternally sunny Sister Mary Patrick) and there are so many good scenes to be had thereafter (the bar scene, the first choir practice, the blossoming of Sister Mary Robert (Makkenna), etc.), that you can't help but smile, even if you're tired of nuns as a springboard for comedy.

And there's something about the music: the gospel-tinged soul songs like "My God", "I Will Follow Him" and such lift your spirits and are infectious in their own right. The last scene in the movie is quite moving, truth be told, and lets you in on a secret... God moves in mysterious ways.

Amen.

Nine stars. These "Sister"s rock!


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