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The Nun's Story

  • Drama
  • 1959
  • Fred Zinnemann
  • 145 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter Finch. After entering a convent, a young Belgian girl finds the principle of unquestioning obedience hard to observe when faced with disease, disappointment and the Second World War.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Kathryn C Hulme's popular novel here makes a magnificent vehicle for the luminous Audrey Hepburn, who plays a young Belgian girl battling with her conscience and wondering if she is truly cut out for her religious calling. Hepburn is a marvel, whether flirting with passion (in the guise of Peter Finch, who's terrific as an agnostic doctor) in the Congo or discovering that some nuns (Dames Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft) are only human after all. This is arguably director Fred Zinnemann's finest movie; it gained eight nominations, but no Oscars, in the year of Ben-Hur. Unjust, really, as you watch Franz Planer's superb photography, listen to Franz Waxman's haunting score and wonder to what greater heights popular cinema can aspire.

Credits

Cast

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Sister Luke / Gabrielle Van Der MalAudrey Hepburn
Dr FortunatiPeter Finch
Mother EmmanuelEdith Evans
Mother MathildePeggy Ashcroft
Dr Van Der MalDean Jagger
Sister Margharita / Mistress of PostulanceMildred Dunnock
Mother ChristopheBeatrice Straight
Sister WilliamPatricia Collinge
Sister EleanorRosalie Crutchley
Mother MarcellaRuth White
Archangel GabrielColleen Dewhurst
Dr GoovaertsLionel Jeffries

Crew

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DirectorFred Zinnemann

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Released on
1960-09-12
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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