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Nuns on the Run

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Jonathan Lynn
  • 88 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane. Petty criminals Brian and Charlie have become disillusioned with the violence of modern-day crime. To fund their attempt to go straight, they plan to abscond with the proceeds of a robbery on a Triad gang. But the theft does not go according to plan.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In his first - and so far only - British feature, writer/director Jonathan Lynn almost manages to squeeze a whole film from the single joke of fugitives Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle decked out as nuns. There is a natural spark between the two performers that saves many a scene here and, when the genial proceedings are not burdened by the full weight of cliché, they do begin to catch fire. Lynn (who was one half of the team behind the scorching wit of Yes, Minister) is far too good for the inane car chases and tee-hee clutter of this innocently smutty farce, but his talent does occasionally shine through. He has since taken to the Hollywood mainstream with mixed results (he directed the very funny My Cousin Vinny, but came unstuck later with the likes of The Fighting Temptations).

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Credits

Cast

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Brian HopeEric Idle
Charlie McManusRobbie Coltrane
FaithCamille Coduri
Sister SuperiorJanet Suzman
Sister Mary of the Sacred HeartDoris Hare
Sister Mary of the AnnunciationLila Kaye
"Case" CaseyRobert Patterson
AbbottRobert Morgan
MorleyWinston Dennis
Father SeamusTom Hickey

Crew

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DirectorJonathan Lynn

Details

Released on
1990-05-04
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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