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
Mother Superior (Dame Maggie Smith) dubs Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) "Sister Mary Clarence". She states that the "Clarence" part of the moniker derives from "Saint Clarence of Concord". While there is no St. Clarence from Concord in conventional Roman Catholicism, there is a St. Clarence from Vienne who is, coincidentally, the patron Saint of prisoners. See more »
In the dressing room, Deloris refers to Vince as Mr. LaRocca, pronouncing his name "la ROE ca", but then refers to Vince's wife, pronouncing her name Connie "la RAH ca" as it is pronounced the rest of the film. See more »
[in a classroom in 1968]
Who can name all the apostles? Yes, Delores?
John, Paul, George... and Ringo!
[the children laugh]
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]
This is enough! You are hopeless, and I ...
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Newspaper and magazine clippings of the nun choir. See more »
Entertaining enough on a slow day, but nothing special...
Amiable if uninspired comedy that sees Whoopi Goldberg forced into a convent as part of some 'Witness Protection' program. From thereon, everything proceeds much as you would expect, with even Goldberg failing to really pep up the material. Still there are much worse films out there, and this makes a serviceable time-passer if nothing else.
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