On-the-run after witnessing her Las Vegas mobster boyfriend kill someone, a tacky lounge singer (Whoopi Goldberg) enters the Witness Protection Program - as a nun. Now the convent needs protection, from the new Sister Mary Clarence and her Vegas-style ideas on how to run the choir. A charming comedy and one of Goldberg's best movies.
Emile Ardolino - American Director/D. 1993
Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Dame Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Richard Portnow - Supporting Actor
Joseph Howard - Writer, SISTER ACT
Mary Wickes - American character actress
Mary Isabelle Wickenhauser - American character actress
Bill Nunn - American Actor
Adam Greenberg - Director of Photography, GHOST (1990)
Whoopi Goldberg - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
Caryn Johnson - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
Kathy Najimy - Actress
Kathy Ann Najimy - Actress
Colleen Halsey - Editor, SISTER ACT
Molly Maginnis - Costume Designer, AMERICAN DREAMZ (2006)
Marc Shaiman - American Composer
Jackson De Govia - Production Designer, THE FOUR DEUCES
Wendy Makkena - Actress/"Sister Act"
Harvey Keitel - American Actor/Producer
A lounge singer, specializing in the enthusiastic performance of Motown classics, has to hightail it out of Reno when she witnesses her gangster boyfriend icing an unfortunate stool pigeon. The cops want her testimony so that they can put her ex-lover behind bars, but they know he'll be trying to silence her permanently. The Witness Relocation Program eventually hides her in the last place they think anyone would look: a convent. With nothing to do but lay low and kill time, the feisty, incognito nun starts to go a little stir-crazy -- that is, until the Mother Superior puts her in charge of the convent's choir. It's a hopeless group musically, but the former lounge lizard realizes she's found her calling and quickly whips her recruits into top R&B form. Meanwhile, her ex has found out where she's hiding and plans a visit with a few of his more "influential" friends.
Color by Eastmancolor; shot with Arriflex cameras and lenses on locations that included Los Angeles and San Francisco, California and Reno, Nevada. Estimated budget $20 million. Emile Ardolino was formerly a director on the PBS series, "Dance in America.. His breakthrough success was the sleeper hit "Dirty Dancing" (1987), which was Ardolino's feature film directorial debut. The lead role in "Sister Act" was originally tailored for actress Bette Midler. Reportedly, Whoopi Goldberg refused to promote the film; her reasons were unspecified. Allegedly, six other writers worked on the screenplay, but their contributions went uncredited: Eleanor Bergstein, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr., Carrie Fisher, Robert Harling, and Nancy Meyers. Andrea Robinson was the singing voice of Sister Mary Robert.
"...The choral scenes [are] skillfully done..." - 05/29/1992 USA Today, p.5D
"...Sidesplittingly funny....It's a new-style feel-good movie...Goldberg's voice -- a flat, gravelly drone of skepticism -- is a great comic instrument..." - 05/29/1992 Entertainment Weekly, p.46-7
"...Graced with a clever script, a cast that will make you smile until you ache, and a snappy sense of pace....[It is] one of those rare occasions where everything almost magically falls into place..." - 05/29/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F1