Showgirl Deloris Van Cartier returns as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of Catholic students whose run-down school is slated for closure.


Bill Duke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Deloris
Kathy Najimy ... Sister Mary Patrick
Barnard Hughes ... Father Maurice
Mary Wickes ... Sister Mary Lazarus
James Coburn ... Mr. Crisp
Michael Jeter ... Father Ignatius
Wendy Makkena ... Sister Mary Robert
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Florence Watson
Robert Pastorelli ... Joey Bustamente
Thomas Gottschalk ... Father Wolfgang
Maggie Smith ... Mother Superior
Lauryn Hill ... Rita Watson
Brad Sullivan ... Father Thomas
Alanna Ubach ... Maria
Ryan Toby ... Ahmal


The sisters come back to Deloris' (Whoopi Goldberg's) show to get her back as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of students in their parochial school, which is doomed for closure. One of the girls, Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill), who is the most talented of the bunch, is forbidden to sing by her mother, Florence Watson (Sheryl Lee Ralph), although the choir has made it to the state championship. A group of monks tries to stop them. Written by Scott Hutchins <>

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A comedy triumph !


Comedy | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Jennifer Love Hewitt was also part of the Disney Channel television show Kids Incorporated (1984). See more »


Before the music competition, when the students are getting dressed, they appear to have on their school uniforms and/or white shirts. When they remove their robes just before they go on stage, they are wearing their colorful "street" clothes. See more »


Sister Mary Clarence: I'm undercover again.
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Crazy Credits

The cast sings and dances to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". See more »

Alternate Versions

On some TV broadcasts, a small cut is made during the first musical number to obscure an obscenity, when a character proclaims, "I was a ho" during the number. See more »


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Written by Otis Redding
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Good fun, but the story was just a variation on the original
6 July 2000 | by bain-3See all my reviews

This movie added a fresh perspective on the "Las Vegas singer joining a convent" idea. Although it lacked the charm of the original movie, it had a different kind of quaint charm, the way Goldberg acted out the touching bond between Sister Mary Clarence and her music pupils. However the story was just a variation on the original, and I thought it could have added a bit more of a twist, so it did get a bit deja-vu. Not as good as the original, but then they never are. For a sequel, it was good fun to watch, and the songs were of equal high quality to the original.

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Release Date:

10 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit See more »


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,569,219, 12 December 1993

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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