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Sister Act

Original poster
Directed by Emile Ardolino
Produced by Scott Rudin
Teri Schwartz
Written by Joseph Howard aka Paul Rudnick
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Maggie Smith
Harvey Keitel
Bill Nunn
Kathy Najimy
Wendy Makkena
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography Adam Greenberg
Editing by Colleen Halsey
Richard Halsey
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) 29 May 1992
Running time 100 min.
Country USA
Language English
Followed by Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge singer who has been put under protective custody in a San Francisco convent and has to pretend to be a nun when a mob boss puts her on his hit list. Also in the cast are Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, and Harvey Keitel. The film is #83 on Bravo's The 100 Funniest Movies list.

The film was followed by a 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. It also inspired a musical stage version that premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California in 2006, and opened at the London Palladium with previews from May 7, 2009.

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Plot

The movie opens at a Catholic elementary school in 1968. There, a strict nun scolds a little girl named Deloris for giving sarcastic answers in class. The nun warns the girl that she will be doomed to a life of sin if she does not mend her ways.

In the present day, Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) is a lounge singer in Reno, Nevada. She is involved in a relationship with a married man: mobster Vincent "Vince" LaRocca (Harvey Keitel). Deloris is oblivious to his criminal activities, as he always keeps her out of his "business." After a fight, Vince tries to buy Deloris's affection back with a beautiful purple mink coat, but she discovers that the coat belongs to Vince's wife. Furious, she decides to break up with Vince that night. When she walks into his office to return the coat and tell Vince that she's leaving him, she witnesses Vince's thugs, Willy (Richard Portnow) and Joey (Robert Miranda), shoot his limo driver. Vince's goons chase Deloris, but she escapes through through the basement of the casino and disappearing out onto the street, she goes to the police. Lieutenant Eddie Souther (Bill Nunn) hears her story and asks her to testify against Vince. She reluctantly agrees, and Eddie arranges to have her placed in a Witness Protection Program to protect her from Vince.

Deloris then goes into hiding as a nun in a Catholic convent in a run down and crime-ridden neighborhood of San Francisco, California, where she wears a habit and is given the name "Sister Mary Clarence". Her lounge-singer attitudes quickly irritate the Reverend Mother, (Maggie Smith), who is only pacified by promises of funds for the neglected church. Deloris chafes under the lifestyle of a nun; Reverend Mother does not allow her sisters to venture into the crime-stricken neighborhood to aid the poor, and the Church itself is run-down and poorly attended. When Deloris complains, the Reverend Mother points out the flaws in Deloris's life, insisting that God put her at the convent for a reason. After this lecture, Deloris begins to make friends with the other sisters, particularly Sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy), an eternally sunny individual, Sister Mary Lazarus (Mary Wickes), a decidedly old-fashioned nun, and young Sister Mary Robert (Wendy Makkena), a postulant who seeks meaning in her life.

When Deloris hears the convent's choir, which is horribly lackluster and off-key, at a Sunday Mass, she breaks. She tries calling Lt. Souther, but he informs her that there is a leak in the police department who is selling out information on witnesses. That night, Deloris sneaks out of the convent to visit a nightclub; Sisters Mary Patrick and Robert follow her. When they return, Reverend Mother is prepared to make arrangements for Deloris to leave, but Deloris begs forgiveness. Reverend Mother agrees on one condition: Deloris must join the choir.

Deloris goes to choir practice, and finds the group is terrible. Sister Mary Patrick suggests that she teach them, and Mary Lazarus, the choirmistress, reluctantly offers her the position. Deloris reminds the sisters that they must feel what they sing, as it is a form of rejoicing. She also discovers that Sister Mary Robert has a powerful voice, hidden by shyness. Under Deloris's tutelage, the choir is reformed. At the next Sunday Mass, they begin a beautiful rendition of "Hail, Holy Queen"-which suddenly turns into a soulful, gospel, and rock and roll restyling of the song. People outside are intrigued, and begin entering the Church.

Reverend Mother is furious at Deloris's attempts to change the choir-but the priest of the church, Monsignor O'Hara, loved the new arrangement, and thanks the Abbess. Deloris sneakily mentions that Reverend Mother has also suggested that the nuns perform community service for the neighborhood. The sisters take to the streets, where they clean, run a soup kitchen, and create a playground for inner-city children. All the while, Deloris teaches them new songs, including Mary Wells' "My Guy" as "My God." Church attendance and funds skyrocket. Monsignor O'Hara (Joseph Maher) announces that Pope John Paul II, planning a papal visit to San Francisco, plans to visit the convent for a special concert.

Unfortunately for Deloris, a corrupt detective in the police department, Detective Tate, notices that Lt. Souther has made donations to the church, and realizes that Deloris is hidden there. He calls Vince, though Souther discovers his actions and arrests him as the leak in the department. Vince's goons still manage to kidnap Deloris and Sister Mary Robert. Deloris helps the young nun escape, and Mary Robert returns and reveals that Vince plans to take Deloris back to Reno. She then convinces Reverend Mother and the nuns to help her find Deloris, and the entire convent boards a helicopter to Reno.

Deloris, still in her habit but tied up, remains calm and prays for guidance while the nuns dash about the casino, searching for her. Vince's underlings cannot bring themselves to kill Deloris while she wears a habit, and she manages to escape them when they untie her to remove the garb. Vince and his minions capture her again-just as the other nuns discover the group. When Vince's goons claim that Deloris has changed, Vince angrily sneers that Deloris is "just a broad." Reverend Mother passionately defends her, claiming that she is a true nun. The delay proves just long enough for Eddie to enter and shoot Vince just before he shoots Deloris. The police then arrest wounded Vince and his assistants, with Deloris' last words to Vince being: "Bless You".

Before Deloris returns to her singing career, she leads the nuns in a rendition of "I Will Follow Him" for the Pope. Sister Mary Robert finally realizes her true potential and sings a solo during the song, and the pope himself happily claps to the beat. The film ends with the pope and church patrons giving the nuns a standing ovation, and Deloris returning to her old life with a new purpose.

Cast

Soundtrack

The film's soundtrack was released in conjunction with the film, and contained the musical numbers performed by actors in the film itself, pre-recorded songs that were used as part of the background music, and instrumental music composed by Marc Shaiman for the film. The soundtrack album debuted at #74 and eventually reached #40 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart[1] where it charted for 54 weeks. The album received a Gold certification from the RIAA for shipment of 500,000 copies on January 13, 1993.[2]

The track list is as follows:

  1. "The Lounge Medley" ("(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave"/"My Guy"/"I Will Follow Him") - Deloris & The Ronelles
  2. "The Murder" (instrumental)
  3. "Getting Into the Habit" (instrumental)
  4. "Rescue Me" - Fontella Bass
  5. "Hail Holy Queen" - Deloris & The Sisters
  6. "Roll With Me Henry" - Etta James
  7. "Gravy" - Dee Dee Sharp
  8. "My Guy (My God)" - Deloris & The Sisters
  9. "Just a Touch Of Love (Everyday)" - C+C Music Factory
  10. "Deloris Is Kidnapped" (instrumental)
  11. "Nuns to the Rescue" (instrumental)
  12. "Finale: I Will Follow Him ('Chariot')" - Deloris & The Sisters
  13. "Shout" - Delores & The Sisters & The Ronelles
  14. "If My Sister's in Trouble" - Lady Soul

Reception

The film was a box office success, grossing $139,605,150 domestically and $92,000,000 in foreign countries, effectively grossing $231,605,150 worldwide. Becoming one of the top 8 highest grossing films worldwide in 1992.[3]

Later in the year of the film's release, Whoopi Goldberg and the film "nuns" performed at a Democratic fundraiser for Bill Clinton.

DVD release

The Region 1 DVD was released on November 6, 2001. Special Features include the film's Theatrical Trailer; Music Video's for "I Will Follow Him" by: Deloris and the Sisters and "If My Sister's In Trouble" by: Lady Soul, "Both of which contained clips from the film." and a Featurette: "Inside Sister Act" The Making Of.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Sister Act is 1992 film that tells the story of a worldly singer named Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) who witnesses a mob crime. To protect her identity in the run up to the trial, the police hides her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.

Directed by Emile Ardolino. Written by Joseph Howard.
No booze! No sex! No drugs!... No Way!

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Deloris

  • I'm not stayin' in no damn convent with these people. These people don't even have sex.
  • [saying grace] Bless us, O Lord, for these, thy gifts, which we are about to receive...and...yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of no food...I will fear no hunger. We want you to...give us this day our daily bread, and to the republic for which it stands. By the power invested in me I now pronounce us ready to eat. Amen.

Reverend Mother

  • From what I hear, your singing career is almost non-existent and your married lover wants you dead. God has brought you here - take the hint.
  • [about Deloris] That is not a person you can hide, that is a conspicuous person designed to stick out.
  • [in a casino, to a group of nuns all dressed in full habit] Brace yourself, sisters. Spread out and look for Mary Clarence. Try to blend in.

Dialogue

[in a classroom in 1968]
Nun: Who can name all the apostles?
(Deloris raises her hand)
Nun: Yes, Deloris?
Deloris: John, Paul, George, and... Ringo!
(the other students laugh)
Nun: Deloris Wilson, you are the most unruly, disobedient girl in this school. Now, I want you to march right up to that blackboard and write the names of all the apostles alphabetically.
[Deloris walks up to the blackboard and writes "John", "Paul", "Peter", and "Elvis" in big letters, underlined; the other students laugh again]
Nun: This is enough! You are hopeless, and I wash my hands of you. Mark my words, Deloris, if you continue on this disruptive track, it will lead straight to the devil! Have you any idea what girls like you become?
[Deloris says nothing, but smiles]

Eddie: Can I call you Deloris?
Deloris: You can call me anything you want as long as you keep me alive.

Deloris: What am I gonna do here? I'm gonna go crazy! There's nothing but a lot of white women dressed as nuns! What am I gonna do here?
Eddie: Pray.
Deloris: Pray?

Eddie: Nice church, huh?
Deloris: Yes, very nice. Look, what am I gonna be? Quasimodo in the belfry? What is this?
Eddie: I want you to stay here for a while.
Deloris: Where?
Eddie: In the convent. It's the safest place in the world. You think Vince is gonna look for you in a convent?
Deloris: Wh... in the what?
Eddie: The convent.
Deloris: You must be out of your... You know what? I'm gonna go back and work this out with Vince. You're a lunatic! I'm not gonna be in no damn convent with these people. These people don't even have sex!

[talks to the Monsignor about not wanting Delores]
Monsignor: You took a vow of hospitality for all in need.
Reverend Mother: I lied.

Deloris: [after putting on the habit] Oh, no! No, no, no! I can't do this. I'm sorry. This is fine for covering a little bulge, but now I've got holster hips.
Reverend Mother: People wish to kill you. Anyone who's met you I imagine. A disguise is necessary to protect us all. While you are here you will conduct yourself as a nun. Only I will know who and what you truly are. You will draw no attention to yourself whatsoever.
Deloris: But look at me! I'm a nun! I'm a-- I'm a penguin!
Reverend Mother: As from now and until you leave you are Sister Mary Clarence.
Deloris: Mary Clarence? Like Clarence Williams III from The Mod Squad?
Reverend Mother: Mary is in deference to our Holy Mother. Clarence is in honor of Saint Clarence of Concordia. There are 3 vows every nun must accept. The vow of Poverty.
Deloris: Mmm-hmm...
Reverend Mother: The vow of Obedience...
Deloris: Mmm-hmm...
Reverend Mother: And the vow of Chastity.
Deloris: I am outta here with that.
[she starts to turn and walk away, but Reverend Mother grabs her arm and pulls her back]
Deloris: Oh, man!

Sister Mary Lazarus: Freelance? Really? Oh, you don't think I see. You think I took vows yesterday? I know what you're up to. You and Reverend Mother.
Deloris: What?
Sister Mary Lazarus: You're a ringer! She brought you here to replace me! Out with the old.

Deloris The next thing you have to learn how to do is listen to each other. That's a big key. Big key! You must listen to listen to each other, if you're going to be a group.
Sister Mary Lazarus: I knew that.
Deloris: Mary Lazarus, as soon as I walked through the door, I knew that you knew this. Now, you're somebody who's into hard work and discipline, aren't you?
Sister Mary Lazarus: Of course. I'm a nun. 4 Popes now.
Deloris: 4?! Wow! How often do they rehearse?
Sister Mary Lazarus: Twice a week, couple hours.
Deloris: Not enough. I mean, listen to 'em. They really need a lotta work! They gotta rehearse every day.
Sister Mary Lazarus: She's good. Do you think they could get better?
Deloris: I don't know. They pretty raw.
Sister Mary Lazarus: Wet behind the ears.
Sister Mary Patrick: Oh, please, let us try.
Deloris: This is gonna be hell.
Sr. Mary Lazarus: Tell me about it.

Delores: (to Sister Mary Robert) I noticed that you're movin' your mouth, but nothin's coming out. So I'd like to just hear you by yourself, if you don't mind. Sister Alma, can you give me an A, please?
[Sister Alma does not answer]
Delores: ALMA! [stomps her foot; Sister Alma reacts] Check your battery! Give me an A, please.
[Sister Alma gives an A; Mary Robert sings that note in a whisper]
Delores: Okay. Try this. Close your eyes. Visualize yourself in room full of people, lots of silverware, people dropping stuff, talking loud, drunks, women with trays goin' "Whattaya gonna have?!". Your voice has to carry over the din. You have to get up over all of that to be heard in the back of the room where I'm sitting, listening, straining to hear you. Okay? Keep that in your mind when we do this.

Sister Mary Robert: I'd rather sing then do anything.
Sister Mary Patrick: It's better then ice cream.
Sister Mary Robert: It's better than springtime.
Deloris: Better than sex. [the other nuns react] No. No. I've heard.

Joey': What is she doing?
Willy: Oh my God, she's praying.
Deloris: Lord, I want you to forgive Willy and Joey, because they know not what they do. They're only doin' what Vince told 'em to do, because Vince is too chicken to do it himself! So he's called upon these 2 men to take care of his business! So I want you to forgive them, Lord. Espectum, espertum, cacoomb, toutu, eplubium. Amen!
Willy and Joey: Amen.
(Deloris whacks them in their crotches and darts off)

Vince: (prepares to shoot Deloris) Joey, do it.
Joey: I can't, Vince. She's still a nun.
Vince: She's a broad. Y'got it? Just a broad!
Reverend Mother: I guarantee you she is no broad! She is Sister Mary Clarence of St. Katherine's convent. She's a model of generosity, virtue, and love! You have my word for it, gentlemen, she is a nun!
Willy: Ya hear that? Now, aren't you glad we didn't shoot her?

Reverend Mother: Girl groups?! Boogie-woogie on the piano?! What were you thinking?!
Deloris: I was thinkin' more like Vegas. Y'know, get some butts in the seats.
Reverend Mother: And what next? Popcorn? Curtain calls? This is not a theater or a casino.
Deloris: Yeah, but that's the problem. See, people like going to theaters, and they like going to casinos. But they don't like coming to church. Why? Because it's a drag. But we could change all that. See, we could-- We could pack this joint.
Reverend Mother: Through blasphemy?! You have corrupted the entire choir!
(Monsignor O'Hara enters the hall)
Monsignor: Excuse me.
(he overhears Deloris' chat with Reverend Mother)
Deloris: How can you say that?! I worked my butt off with these women! They've given up their free time to do this, and they're GOOD! I mean, Sister, we could-- We could ROCK this place!
Reverend Mother: OUT of the question! As of tomorrow, Mary Lazarus resumes her leadership of the choir.
(the Monsignor knocks on the door)
Reverend Mother: COME IN!!

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  • No booze! No sex! No drugs!... No way!

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