Nasty Habits

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The appeal of this adaptation of Muriel Spark's novel The Abbess of Crewe rests precariously upon one slim idea: resetting Watergate in a nunnery. Once the initial idea has been planted - Glenda Jackson out to get elected abbess at all costs - the audience is made to look awfully hard for laughs. The 'political' gags, like Mercouri's Kissinger-type roving nun, are often abysmal (only Sandy Dennis' impersonation of John Dean deserves to escape criticism); and with increasing desperation, the humour depends on the nuns' monotonous displays of venal ways (smoking, swearing, boozing, even shacking up with the Jesuits down the road). It's all terribly predictable and tame.

By: CPe

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Screenwriter: Robert J Enders
Cast: Glenda Jackson
Melina Mercouri
Geraldine Page
Sandy Dennis
Anne Jackson
Anne Meara
Susan Penhaligon
Edith Evans
Rip Torn
Eli Wallach
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