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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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, 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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Because many scenes were shot in Reno, the cast members would often stay in their nun outfits and wander off the set to pull some pranks at the casinos, bars, clubs, and strip clubs. Kathy Najimy and Wendy Makkena tell a story that they once ordered wine and fries to their hotel room and answered the door in their nun outfits while loud porn was playing on the television just to mess with the hotel staff. See more »

Goofs

When Sister Mary Roberts gives Sister Mary Clarence the clock to help her wake up in the morning, she says "I set the clock for 5:00," but the clock is really set for 7:00. This is probably because the film makers flipped or mirrored the image in that scene. 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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll With Me Henry
Written by Etta James, Hank Ballard, and Johnny Otis
Performed by Etta James
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc. / Ace Records / Blues Interaction, Inc.
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Great Comedy BUT- It is a rip off of an older movie.
27 December 2000 | by mobucSee all my reviews

"Bill-258" compared it to the 1940 film "Brother Orchard". Similarly but more-so, I can compare it to a UK semi-drama film of a wayward teenager, busted for Prostitution & drugs. The teen is sentenced to a Nunnery for re-hab. The rest is identical to the Sister Act ... right down to the guitar playing, folk-singing nun! (The teen's boyfriend/pimp is the equivalent to the gangsters in SA) I saw this movie long ago on TV & cannot recall the name. I believe it circa 1960 but am not sure. If anyone knows of this movie title, please email me. Please respond. Thanks!


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