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The Singing Nun (1966)

Not Rated
97 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is enthusiastic, progressive but naive, all which irks one ...See moreYoung and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is enthusiastic, progressive but naive, all which irks one of the senior sisters, Sister Cluny, especially the fact that Sister Ann has a prized material possession, a guitar she's named Adele. Sister Ann considers Adele and her music to be her friends. Contrary to Sister Cluny, the Mother Prioress believes Sister Ann will be a welcome addition to their order. This posting is to be the training ground for Sister Ann and others to become missionaries in Africa. Sister Ann's path takes a detour when the order's Father Clementi hears Sister Ann sing. He believes Sister Ann should record her music and as a favor asks Robert Gerarde of Primavera Records for recording time. Unknown at the time the request is made, Robert and Sister Ann are old friends who attended the Paris Conservatory of Music together five years earlier before she became a nun. Robert believes Sister Ann could be a recording sensation, keeping true to her style of music of religious based folk songs. As Sister Ann becomes more famous, which includes an appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show, Sister Ann increasingly wonders if she truly is doing the work of God, as she admits she enjoys the adulation of being a celebrity and despite the financial gain to the church. This question, which was important previously in dealing with a precocious local boy named Dominic Arlien (after who she named one of her songs) and his troubled family, becomes all the more important after a specific incident which threatens Dominic's life. Written by Huggo See less
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John Furia (story) (as John Furia Jr.) (as John Furia Jr.) | Sally Benson
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Milton R. Krasner (as Milton Krasner)
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Updated Mar 17, 1966

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Apr 2, 1966 (United States)

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55 cast members
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Debbie Reynolds
Sister Ann Sister Ann   See fewer
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Ricardo Montalban
Father Clementi Father Clementi   See fewer
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Greer Garson
Mother Prioress Mother Prioress   See fewer
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Agnes Moorehead
Sister Cluny Sister Cluny   See fewer
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Chad Everett
Robert Gerarde Robert Gerarde   See fewer
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Katharine Ross
Nicole Arlien Nicole Arlien   See fewer
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Ed Sullivan
Ed Sullivan Ed Sullivan   See fewer
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Juanita Moore
Sister Mary Sister Mary   See fewer
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Ricky Cordell
Dominic Arlien Dominic Arlien   See fewer
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Michael Pate
Mr. Arlien Mr. Arlien   See fewer
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Tom Drake
Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick   See fewer
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Larry D. Mann
Mr. Duvries Mr. Duvries   See fewer
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Charles Robinson
Marauder Marauder   See fewer
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Monique Montaigne
Sister Michele Sister Michele   See fewer
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Joyce Vanderveen
Sister Elise Sister Elise   See fewer
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Anne Wakefield
Sister Brigitte Sister Brigitte   See fewer
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Pam Peterson
Sister Gertrude Sister Gertrude   See fewer
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Marina Koshetz
Sister Marthe Sister Marthe   See fewer
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Nancy Walters
Sister Therese Sister Therese   See fewer
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Violet Rensing
Sister Elizabeth Sister Elizabeth   See fewer
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Ines Pedroza
Sister Consuella (as Inez Pedroza) Sister Consuella (as Inez Pedroza)   See fewer
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Gene Coogan
Diner Patron (uncredited) Diner Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Henry Corden
Truck Driver (uncredited) Truck Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Damler
Cameraman (uncredited) Cameraman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Judy Durell
Nun (uncredited) Nun (uncredited)   See fewer
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Isabelle Dwan
Mrs. Muller (uncredited) Mrs. Muller (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wesley Gale
Doctor (uncredited) Doctor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bobby Gilbert
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Pitt Herbert
Mr. Muller - the Storekeeper (uncredited) Mr. Muller - the Storekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Colette Jackson
Jeannette (uncredited) Jeannette (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joseph La Cava
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Jon Lormer
The Bishop (uncredited) The Bishop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Workman (uncredited) Workman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Philo McCullough
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Joseph Mell
Max - TV Technician (uncredited) Max - TV Technician (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Milan
Tug Captain (uncredited) Tug Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernesto Molinari
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Karen Norris
Arlette (uncredited) Arlette (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Patrick
Mrs. Messereaux (uncredited) Mrs. Messereaux (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vic Perrin
Farmer in Accident with Sister Ann (uncredited) Farmer in Accident with Sister Ann (uncredited)   See fewer
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Andre Philippe
Belgian Sailor (uncredited) Belgian Sailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Ploski
Man in Montage (uncredited) Man in Montage (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dinny Powell
Emil (uncredited) Emil (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edwin Rochelle
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Maria Schroeder
Tug Captain's Wife (uncredited) Tug Captain's Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bernard Sell
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Orville Sherman
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Gaston (uncredited) Gaston (uncredited)   See fewer
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Young Girl (uncredited) Young Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.1 / 10 | 1,055 votes