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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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Mother Superior
Mary Patrick
Mary Robert
Mary Lazarus
Vince LaRocca
Eddie Souther
Robert Miranda ...
Choir Nun
Choir Nun
Choir Nun
Choir Nun
Georgia Creighton ...
Choir Nun
Susan Johnson ...
Choir Nun
Choir Nun
Susan Browning ...
Choir Nun
Darlene Koldenhoven ...
Choir Nun
Sheri Izzard ...
Choir Nun
Edith Diaz ...
Choir Nun
Choir Nun
Rose Parenti ...
Sister Alma
Bishop O'Hara
Charlotte Crossley ...
Teenage Girl #1
Zatella Beatty ...
Teenage Girl #2
Skye Bassett ...
Teenage Girl #3
Immaculata (as Lois de Banzie)
Isis Carmen Jones ...
Little Deloris
Joseph G. Medalis ...
Henry Parker
Larry Merrick
Robert Jimenez ...
News Reporter
Connie LaRocca
Kevin Bourland ...
David Boyce ...
Tim Pedegana ...
Gambler (as Timothy J. Pedegana)
Terry Wills ...
David Parker ...
Bartender (as David M. Parker)
Mike Jolly ...
Biker #1
Biker #2
The Pope
Al Finney ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Det. Tate (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Jacquelyn Twodat Jackson ...
Casino player (uncredited)
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Parishioner (uncredited)
Terriel Lara ...
Nun (uncredited)
Zara McDowell ...
Child (uncredited)
Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

Emile Ardolino

Written by

Paul Rudnick ... (written by) (as Joseph Howard)

Produced by

Cindy Gilmore ... associate producer
Mario Iscovich ... co-producer
Scott Rudin ... executive producer
Teri Schwartz ... producer (produced by)

Music by

Marc Shaiman

Cinematography by

Adam Greenberg

Film Editing by

Colleen Halsey
Richard Halsey

Editorial Department

Dale E. Grahn ... color timer
Neil Kirk ... assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed ... negative cutter
Claudius Neal ... HD Remastering Colorist / Todd AO (uncredited)

Casting By

Lynda Gordon
Judy Taylor

Production Design by

Jackson De Govia

Art Direction by

Eve Cauley

Set Decoration by

Thomas L. Roysden

Costume Design by

Molly Maginnis

Makeup Department

Michael Germain ... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson ... key hair stylist
Julia L. Walker ... hair stylist (as Julia Walker)
Michael F. Blake ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nancie Marsalis ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

John J. Smith ... production manager
David Hoberman ... executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios (uncredited)
Angel Pine ... Post Production Executive (uncredited)
Steven Tyler Sahlein ... post production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Joe Camp III ... first assistant director
Parnes Cartwright ... second second assistant director
Seth Cirker ... additional second assistant director
Ian Woolf ... second assistant director
Timothy J. Lonsdale ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)

Art Department

Robert M. Beall ... set designer
Howard Fannon ... assistant property master
Ann Harris ... set designer
Ronald C. Jacobs ... lead man
John R. Jensen ... construction coordinator
Nikita Knatz ... production illustrator
George Denes Suhayda ... production illustrator
Tommy Tomlinson ... property master
Christopher Windisch ... construction foreman
Loren Hillman-Morgan ... scenic/set painter: San Francisco (uncredited)
Mark A. Mancinelli ... hod plasterer (uncredited)
James Passanante ... paint supervisor (uncredited)
Karen Sorum ... painter: San Francisco local (uncredited)

Sound Department

Bruce Bell ... foley mixer
Denis Blackerby ... dubbing recordist
Charles J. Bond ... cable person
Thomas Burke ... sound editor
John K. Carr ... sound editor
Bruce Foster ... sound assistant
David Gertz ... foley mixer
Jeremy J. Gordon ... sound editor (as Jeremy Gordon)
David Grannis ... sound assistant
Catherine Harper ... foley sound effects
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Jimmy Ling ... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Bill Phillips ... supervising sound editor
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Sean Rush ... boom operator
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley sound effects
Jim Yant ... sound editor
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Andy Kopetzky ... sound editor (uncredited)
Vincent Zabaly ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Rocky Gehr ... special effects


Steven Chambers ... stunts
Justin De Rosa ... stunts
Sandi Gross ... stunts
Kym Washington Longino ... stunts (as Kym Washington)
Alan Oliney ... stunt coordinator
Gary Price ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

Mike Benson ... camera operator
Charles John Bukey ... best boy
Alan Cohen ... second assistant camera
Michael A. FauntLeRoy ... first assistant camera
Ken Fisher ... steadicam assistant (as Ken W. Fisher)
Edward Gold ... camera operator
Robert Gray ... key grip
Suzanne Hanover ... still photographer
Dennis J. Laine ... first assistant camera
Kevin J. Lang ... best boy
Moshe Levin ... camera operator
Brian Liberman ... grip
Steven C. McGee ... chief lighting technician
Alan Shultz ... dolly grip
Daniel E. Teaze ... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Danny Teaze)
Elizabeth Ziegler ... Steadicam operator
Bill Pelkey ... electrician: San Francisco (uncredited)
Kevin Thompson ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael T. Travers ... best boy grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

Nicole Gelbard ... casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Marshall Peck ... location casting
Shannon K. Dunn ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Gala Autumn ... costumer
Elaine Ramires ... supervising costumer
Mary Elizabeth Still ... costumer
Susan Roberts ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

Debra A. Girard ... location assistant: San Francisco
George Herthel ... location manager
James R. Maceo ... assistant location manager
Heather Sands ... location assistant: Reno
Wally Uchida ... assistant location manager (as Wallace Uchida)
Susannah Greason ... location assistant: San Francisco (uncredited)

Music Department

Daniel Allan Carlin ... music consultant (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Artie Kane ... conductor
Darlene Koldenhoven ... production vocal coach & contractor
Joseph Magee ... music recording engineer
Tom Malone ... orchestrator: score
Hummie Mann ... orchestrator: score
Mark McKenzie ... orchestrator: score
Joel Moss ... music mixer / music producer / music recordist / orchestrator: score
Seth Riggs ... vocal coach: Ms. Goldberg
Andrea Robinson ... singing voice: Wendy Makkena
Curtis Roush ... supervising music editor
Marc Shaiman ... music producer / orchestrator: score
Nick Vidar ... music programmer
Jimmy Vivino ... music coordinator / orchestrator: score
Fred Vogler ... music recording producer
Lester Wilson ... musical staging
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov ... concertmaster (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty ... music editor (uncredited)
Matt Walker ... music executive (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Esther Vivante ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Al J. Hersh ... transportation captain
Tom F. Thomas ... transportation coordinator
Alan Kaminsky ... driver generator operator (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Hyatt Bass ... production assistant
Lee J. Bognar ... production assistant
Samuel Bokebza ... assistant production accountant
Sue Bokobza ... production accountant
Alisabeth Brown ... production assistant
Susan J. Brubaker ... assistant coordinator
Kelly Ching ... production assistant
Sarah Connolly ... production assistant
Lee Dollar ... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Dominic Fidelibus ... supervising copyist
Rhoda Fine ... studio teacher
Ada Geraghty ... technical advisor
Jill Rene Gilbert ... assistant: Mr. Iscovich
Martin Greenlaw ... technical advisor
Alonzo Greer ... production assistant (as Alonzo E. Greer)
Jane Harrison ... first assistant accountant
Brian Jochum ... production assistant
Richard Malzahn ... title photography
Ron McGee ... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Morgan Moore ... unit publicist
Lisa Mordente ... additional choreographer
Peter Pav ... production assistant
Tim Pedegana ... assistant: Mr. Ardolino (as Timothy J. Pedegana)
Trish Pfeiffer ... assistant: Ms. Gilmore
Jill Simpson ... production coordinator
John J. Smith ... production assistant
Philip E. Thomas ... assistant: Ms. Schwartz
Mike Thompson ... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Nick Vidar ... MIDI consultant
Leon Watkins ... production assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... helicopter pilot
Carrie Fisher ... script doctor (uncredited)
Solomon J. LeFlore ... production financing (uncredited)
Tom Lent ... adr voice (uncredited)
Ante Novakovic ... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Jon Sperry ... dialect coach (uncredited)
Leon Watkins ... stand-in (uncredited)
Erik Westby ... assistant production coordinator: Reno (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 months. Where Eddie chooses is St. Katherine's, a poor Catholic parish and convent in a tough neighborhood in San Francisco. The convent's Mother Superior (Dame Maggie Smith) reluctantly takes Deloris in, that reluctance as Deloris is not anywhere near being close to looking or acting like a typical nun. Furthermore, the Mother Superior does not tell any of the sisters Deloris' true identity or the real reason for her being at St. Katherine's. With the Mother Superior cloistering the sisters behind the convent walls to pray for the salvation mostly of down and out of the neighborhood while keeping the sisters safe from harms of the outside world, there is an immediate and continual clash of wills between her and Deloris. Deloris, as renamed Sister Mary Clarence, does have an effect on two of the sisters, Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy), a perpetually perky woman, and Mary Robert (Wendy Makkena), who always feels left behind in whatever is happening in life. The clash between Deloris and the Mother Superior leads to the Mother Superior restricting Deloris to one task at the convent, one that leads to good and bad changes at St. Katherine's, the bad most specifically in potentially leading Vince and his associates to Deloris. Those changes also bring the battle of wills between Deloris and Mother Superior to a head, unless each can see the positive in what is happening in relation to their life at the convent. Written by Huggo

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Taglines No sex. No booze. No men. No way. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Sister Act - Eine himmlische Karriere (Germany)
  • Sister Act (Una monja de cuidado) (Spain)
  • Una monja de cuidado (Spain)
  • Halløj i klostret (Denmark)
  • 修女也瘋狂 (Taiwan)
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  • 100 min
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Box Office

Budget $31,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,894,587, 31 May 1992
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $231,600,000

Did You Know?

Trivia While Paul Rudnick was writing the screenplay, Bette Midler (who was attached to star at the time) suggested he should go to an actual convent to do research. So he went to stay in the Regina Laudis Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The Prioress of this convent was Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., who as a younger woman had been an actress, singer, and dancer in such Hollywood movies as the Elvis vehicle King Creole (1958) and the beach romance Where the Boys Are (1960). Mother Hart is still the only known nun to be a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and she and her fellow nuns enjoy watching her Academy screeners every year. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Sister Act/Encino Man/Alien³/Far and Away (1992). See more »
Soundtracks (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave See more »
Crazy Credits Newspaper and magazine clippings of the nun choir. See more »
Quotes Delores: [prays] Bless us, oh Lord, for these Thy gifts which we are about to receive. And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of no food, I will fear no hunger. We want you to give us this day, our daily bread. And to the republic for which it stands, and by the power invested in me, I pronounce us ready to eat. Amen.
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