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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.

Director:

Emile Ardolino

Writer:

Paul Rudnick (as Joseph Howard)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Deloris
Maggie Smith ... Mother Superior
Kathy Najimy ... Mary Patrick
Wendy Makkena ... Mary Robert
Mary Wickes ... Mary Lazarus
Harvey Keitel ... Vince LaRocca
Bill Nunn ... Eddie Souther
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Joey
Richard Portnow ... Willy
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Choir Nun
Carmen Zapata Carmen Zapata ... Choir Nun
Pat Crawford Brown ... Choir Nun
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Choir Nun
Georgia Creighton Georgia Creighton ... Choir Nun
Susan Johnson Susan Johnson ... Choir Nun
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Storyline

Deloris Wilson (Whoopi Goldberg), a black woman who has chosen the stage name Deloris Van Cartier, is a Reno, Nevada 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 (Harvey Keitel), 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, Lieutenant Eddie Souther (Bill Nunn), who has long been running an operation to get enough evidence to put Vince behind bars, this murder, which could be the metaphorical 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 ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sister Act See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,894,587, 31 May 1992

Gross USA:

$139,605,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$231,605,150
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (DVD)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kate Capshaw was considered for the role of Deloris. See more »

Goofs

After Deloris witnesses the murder, she flees to the Reno PD and explains to the detective everything that Vince and his henchmen said to each other and to the victim right before the trigger was pulled, even describing the scene visually. However, when Deloris walked in on the murder, she actually opened the door a fraction of a second before the trigger was pulled, and had been talking to herself until the moment she turned the doorknob, so there is no way she could have heard or seen the preceding conversation that she reported to the police. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

TBS broadcasts overdub a quick feedback-like squeal sound during the opening musical number to obscure an obscenity, when Whoopi Goldberg's character inserts the comment "You don't give a s--t" as the song "Heat Wave" ends. See more »

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Soundtracks

(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland)
Performed by Whoopi Goldberg, Jenifer Lewis and Charlotte Crossley
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Nun better....
14 October 1999 | by Mister-6See 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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