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Sister Mary Explains It All (2001)

A bigoted, fanatical nun comes face to face with the lives she ruined through her teachings when a quartet of her traumatized former students return to perform at her Christmas Eve church lecture.


Marshall Brickman


Christopher Durang (play), Christopher Durang (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Diane Keaton ... Sister Mary Ignatius
Brian Benben ... Gary Sullivan
Wallace Langham ... Aloysius Benheim
Laura San Giacomo ... Angela DiMarco
Jennifer Tilly ... Philomena Rostovich
Max Morrow ... Thomas
Martin Mull ... Skeptical Husband
Victoria Tennant ... Bitter Divorcee
Joanne Boland ... Cynthia Johnson
Jon Davey Jon Davey ... Tony Cardonelli
Joan Gregson ... Deaf Woman
Linda Kash ... Skeptical Husband's Wife
B.J. Woodbury B.J. Woodbury ... Truck Driver
Jocelyne Zucco ... Mrs. Cardonelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Allan Mark Allan ... Attractive Man #2


A bigoted, fanatical nun comes face to face with the lives she ruined through her teachings when a quartet of her traumatized former students return to perform at her Christmas Eve church lecture.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

28 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Et dieu créa soeur Mary See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the Christopher Durang play entitled "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You". See more »


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The absurdity of it all expressed beautifully.
17 August 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Those who have suffered through years of the Sister Marys and the Baltimore Catechism and the ridiculous and simplistic beliefs that are Catholicism will either love this film, or be utterly shocked that their system is so beautifully ridiculed.

The fact that Catholic League President William Donohue blasted Viacom, the owner of Showtime, for showing this is justification enough to watch. Anything that gets Donahue's shorts twisted must be good.

Diane Keaton was just marvelous as Sister Mary. It has to be the best performance I have seen from her.

Of course, I always like to see Laura San Giacomo, who was also great as the good little girl who grew up to the real world and found that there is no God.

Brian Benben, Wallace Langham. and Jennifer Tilly were also fantastic and made this film the real joy that it was.

I would be remiss not to praise Max Morrow as the young actor who was just precious.

Christopher Durang wrote a great play and screenplay that really ties it all together for the mess that it is.

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