Sister Act

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A nun's life is hell - or so thinks nightclub singer Deloris (Goldberg) when she takes sanctuary in a convent after witnessing a gangland murder. To make matters worse, Mother Superior (Smith) coerces her into joining the tone-deaf choir. But Deloris is a can-do kind of gal, and within no time the motley crew are belting out '60s tunes. Church attendance is revitalised, confidence abounds, but the convent's new-found fame stretches as far as Mob headquarters. A bizarre mix of actors goes some way towards bolstering this flyweight caper; but the last third degenerates into farce, with nuns and thugs playing cat-and-mouse in a Reno casino. A one-note movie.

By: CM

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Emile Ardolino
Screenwriter: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr, Paul Rudnick, Joseph Howard
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg
Maggie Smith
Harvey Keitel
Bill Nunn
Kathy Najimy
Wendy Makkens
Mary Wickes
Robert Miranda
Richard Portnow

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3.5 / 5

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Whoopi Goldberg has just celebrated her 60th birthday so it seems fitting to have recently seen one of her most popular movies- Sister Act.

Some movies just don’t go out of date, and this is definitely one of them. The cinema was nearly full, with young and old coming to see this classic on the big screen as part of Picturehouse Central’s Vintage Sundays. As great as it is to watch at home, curled up on the sofa, there is nothing like being able to hear the likes of Oh Happy Day and Aint No Mountain being belted out through proper cinema speakers.

Sister Act is ridiculously funny- the mere sight of casino singer Deloris (Goldberg) with her massive, over-the-top afro, big-padded shoulders, gold jacket and sparkly knee-high boots, before becoming a nun, is enough to make anyone laugh; Harvey Keitel is perfectly cast as her mobster ex, and despite being set in a nunnery and having a few digs at the nuns’ way of life, the movie is sympathetic and pure fun.

Long may cinemas continue showing classics like this on the big screen.