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Sister Act is, without doubt, one of my favourite family films of all time. Its one of those feel good films that leave you with a smile on your face - and leave you singing the songs long after the film has ended.
The plot follows Reno lounge singer Delores Van Cartier (Whoopie Goldberg) who witnesses a murder committed by her boyfriend cum mafia gangster, Vince (Harvey Keitel). Delores goes to the police and is placed in witness protection by Lt. Eddie Souther (Bill Nunn) and whereas to place her but at the St. Catherine's Convent. Initial thoughts are that a convent is the worst possible place for someone like Delores, who has been having an affair with a married gangster and has been a Reno singer in a not entirely solobrious casino. Delores sticks out like a sore thumb and her constant clashes with the Mother Superior (Dame Maggie Smith) ultimately lead to her punishment of revitilizing the awful choir at St. Catherines. The success of the choir is ultimately linked to the survival of the St. Catherine's convent which is very much in demise - and as Delores relationships with the nuns develops, it is very much a story about friendship, about acceptance and about triumph.
The cast is headed by the brilliant Whoopie Goldberg, and her equally brilliant co-stars Harvey Kietel and Maggie Smith. The on-screen relationship that develops between Delores and the Mother Superior is portrayed brilliantly and warmly by Whoopie and Maggie Smith - and I do quite frankly find them faultless.
The nuns are largely made up of unknowns - but none the less they are very well casted. The wonderfully cheerful Sister Mary Patrick stands out from the rest of the ensemble. Although some of the characters may be over the top and slightly two dimensional, this does not take away from the fact that you genuinely come away from the film really liking these characters, although not necessarily caring about them.
Whoopi Goldberg - Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence
Maggie Smith - Reverend Mother
Kathy Najimy - Sister Mary Patrick
Wendy Makkena - Sister Mary Robert
Mary Wickes - Sister Mary Lazarus
Rose Parenti - Sister Alma
Harvey Keitel - Vince LaRocca
Bill Nunn - Lt. Eddie Souther
Joseph Maher - Monsignor O'Hara
The music may be cheesy, but oh, come on.... its a harmless, catchy and entertaining revival of Motown hits of the 1960's and 1970's. What's not to like?? My favourite is "I will follow him" which is the finale to the film and even has the pope himself tapping away.
Overall, its a fun, uncomplicated family film. Yes, its a little dated now (it was made in 1992!) but it hasn't lost that feel good factor which made 90's comedies so successful. Is it a thought provoking, intelligent film? Probably not. But it is a great film to watch with your children or to sit and watch on a cold and wet sunday afternoon with a bottle of wine.
Movie Length: 100 minutes
Director: Emile Ardolino
Country: United States
Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier / Sister Mary Clarence
Maggie Smith as Reverend Mother
Kathy Najimy as Sister Mary Patrick
Wendy Makkena as Sister Mary Robert
The story is about nightclub singer Deloris who works in the city of Reno. She has relationship with Vince LaRocca a man Involved in the criminal circuit and who's married to another wife, so she's not that innocent either. But when you discovers that the jacket she received from him as a gift has belonged first to his wife, she wants to break up. She goes to his office where she sees him killing another guy! She tries to get out without getting noticed but fails and starts to run. She manages to escapes and goes to the police. They need her to testify against him but before the trail she needs to hide so they place her in the witness protection program and they allocate her in a convent in San Francisco. She has to pretend she's a nun called Mary Clarence and of course has difficulties getting adjusted. But she finds a goal and that's helping the awful choir of the convent. As you gets adjusted she soon will find out that she can't hide forever from her real life and problems.
It's been a long time ago that I saw this movie for the first time but I remembered Whoopi Goldberg and since them I'm a fan. She has such a good feeling for humor and she's just hilarious to watch at. She really shines in this movie and in other movies after this one she really proved that she can act. Maggie Smith also plays a part in this movie and is also very good. She's the very serious and strict Reverend mother of the convent and doesn't have time for any fooling around. She plays the part very believing.
Unfortunately there are no extras on the DVD. Always a missed opportunity.
Sister Act is one of my favourite old movies that I remember watching when I was younger. I have seen the movie now a couple of times and the movie is still just very easy and entertaining to watch. It's just the type of movie that I would watch on a relaxing Sunday with nothing better to do. It's just a very cheerful and playful movie. Whoopi Goldberg is really good in this movie as well Maggie Smith.
Dolores Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) Is a lounge/Cabaret singer in a casino in Reno, Nevada. She is having an affair with her married boss Vinny (Harvey Keitel) After an argument Vinny surprises her with a present, a fur coat. Dolores realises that this coat is actually his wifes and she decides that she wants nothing more to do with him.
After stoming into his office she witnesses a murder in his office by his henchmen. After being chased she runs away to the police where after talks with Lieutenant Souther (Bill Nunn) that he is actually more dangerous that he seems being a kind of mob leader.
As their only witness to get him put away they have to keep her out of the way of him and put her into a safe house. Because Souther is worried about insiders being in the police force he decides not to tell anyone where he is taking her and keeps it a massive secret.
When they get to her safe house she finds out that she is going to be living as a nun in a nunnery. Much to her disgust she decides that she has to stay this being her only chance not to get killed. The mother superior (Maggie Smith) really doesn't like the idea of her new recruit and the chance that her ladies might be in danger but accepts the large donation that the police are willing to give her for this. To keep Dolores safe she tells her that she must change her name to Sister Mary Clarence and she must wear a habit to fit in.
Dolores is really not impressed with this simplistic way of life but even though she is miserable she gets on with it, when she makes some friends (sister mary patrick - Kathy Najmy and sister Mary Robert - Wendy Makkena) she decides that this place may not be so bad.
After becoming a member she joins the choir with her ending up directing the choir, leading them to become better and draw more people into the church. But will Vinny and his men find her before the court date? Will the nuns be safe?
I really enjoyed this film, its a film that all the family can watch and its just really funny. You can also feel abit sorry for her, i could never imagine being in her position and pretending to be a nun.
Its a classic 90's film with the whole clothing and haircuts, i love movies like this its like stepping back in time, especially thinking people used to wear that? I used to wear that?
The storyline is a little ridiculous but thats why its so good, i love the nuns especially sister mary patrick and sister mary robert. The two work really well as characters and really develop through the film after being influenced by Dolores.
I loved the fact that Whoopi Goldburg did her own singing, she has an amazing voice and i think that it really fitted in the film.
This film is amazing its a much watch if you haven't seen it
Sister Act is one of the funniest movies I've seen in recent years and Whoopi Goldberg is fantastic as normal in her role in this film. She is always good value.
Whoopi Goldberg plays Delores and the start of the movie shows her in a class where she is making life very tough for her teacher. Next we see Delores singing in a nightclub and she has a pretty good voice. She really believes she has a life, career in music and a bloke, so things are pretty perfect.
However, things soon start to go wrong. The man she is in love with is both married and a murderer so not good news. And the worst thing is that Delores is witness to the murder. She promptly goes to the police who and they inform her that she must be kept safe until the case is solved. So where can she hide. In the end it is decided that she will hide in a convent as a nun and this is where the real fun begins in this film.
On her arrival at the convent she is greeted by the Mother played by Maggie Smith. They are both shocked due to the vast contrast in almost everything that they do in life and take for granted in their lives. Things in the convent are very different for Delores and she isn't coping very well with her new life inside those walls. On the outside she is so used to sleeping in till late and doesn't do any domestic work of any kind. She is really big on no discipline at all. Unfortunately life in the convent is the complete opposite.
Eventually it's decided that she should teach the choir how to sing as at the moment they are not great. This way it will keep Delores out of trouble as well. She turns the choir into something radical and it arouses attention.
The church choir now led by Delores, decide to work in the neighbourhood helping with certain issues and they start getting alot of attention and exposure on TV. However, due to this exposure this alerts those who are after her as to her whereabouts. This ends in her getting kidnapped and the whole convent must rally round to find her and rescue her.
The movies is very funny but perhaps wouldn't have been quite as good without Whoopi Goldberg who always seems to light up any scene she's in. Both herself and the other nuns all learn alot from the whole experience and learn alot about each other's cultures and ways of life. I really enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to anyone as it's a great laugh throughout.
Sister Act is for me one of the most amazign family films ever created, having been written with style, cast with perfection, and the most addictive soundtrack ever!
The story is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) whose singing career is going straight down the toilet. But that's before the fateful night when Deloris witnesses her married mobster boyfriend, Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel), viciously murder an unloyal employee. She then runs to the police, where they ask her to testify against Vince, but she knows he'll come after her when she does. The police then tell her that they can stash her in the safest place on Earth if she testifies--a convent. Deloris reluctantly agrees, but quickly finds that the convent is no place for a loud Reno lounge singer. But just when it can't get any worse, Deloris discovers the horrible, out-of-synch Sunday choir, and soon realizes she was destined to stumble into this convent. This is where the musical magic really begins..........
I have probably watched this film more times than any other film in my life, and i am not even getting close to having had enough of it - it really is that good! I am just hoping that my soon to be baby grows into a fan, because if there is ever a film to have a child want to watch 5 times a day - this is it!
Sister Act was released in 1992 by Touchstone Pictures. It's rated PG, making it a film for all the family and is 100 minutes long. Sister Act was a huge box office hit, making $192,000,000 world wide.
Deloris Van Cartier is a lounge singer in Reno who has a mobster for a boyfriend, although she doesn't know what he's up to. After having another fight, Vince gives Deloris a mink fur coat but as soon as she realises it's actually his wife's coat, she decides to break up with him for good. Deloris goes to see Vince in his office but accidentally walks in on a murder.
After being chased by Vince's bodyguards, Deloris decides to go to the police and tell them everything but she's asked to testify against Vince in court. Lieutenant Eddie Souther informs Deloris that the only way to keep her safe until the trial is to put her in the witness protection program.
Deloris isn't thrilled when she finds out that her safe house is a convent and is just as reluctant to be there as the Mother Superior is to have her. Deloris hates the uniform and the very early starts and doesn't really enjoy her new role as Sister Mary Clarence. After dealing with her troubles at the convent, she decides to help the nuns and their choir, using her experience as a singer to make them better.
Things aren't easy for both Deloris and the nuns and they all run into trouble on their way to happiness.
Deloris - Whoopi Goldberg
Mother Superior - Maggie Smith
Sister Mary Patrick - Kathy Najimy
Sister Mary Robert - Wendy Makkena
Sister Mary Lazarus - Mary Wickes
Although I didn't like this film as much as the sequel, it's still a great comedy. The film alone is available for about £4 on amazon but I recently bought both films as a box set for just over £5.
Sister Act is a funny film throughout and is a great feel good film. All of the characters and each one has their turn of making us feel for them. The plot isn't very believable and in parts, quite predictable but what I really liked was the insight into the life of a nun and the things they must give up.
The whole cast is fantastic but Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith really shone for me. The relationship between the two is great to watch and interesting to see it develop. Whoopi Goldberg is great at playing someone serious when needed but really excels at comedy.
The soundtrack was a really important part of the film. Goldberg sang all of her own parts instead of using a voice double and the choir are just as good. The gospel music throughout is upbeat and fun to listen to and I often find myself singing along (not when anyone can hear me though).
Sister Act is a fantastic family film and you wont be disappointed if you give this one a try.
This is a film that I grew up watching and I still watch it now I am older.
Released in 1992 this film is about Delores Van Cartier, who sings in her married boyfriend's casino.
After an argument she runs off to find her boyfriend Vince (Harvey Keitel) to tell him she is leaving but witnesses him in a room standing by whilst his sidekicks shoot one of his employees.
She goes to the police and they enlighten her to the fact that Vince Lerocca is actually a major underworld figure and they have been trying to get something on him. Detective Eddie Souther (Bill Nunn) decides to hide her in a convent, much to her dismay! Meanwhile Vince has got a contract out on her.
Mother Superior (the outstanding Maggie Smith) takes a dislike to this outspoken woman and forces her to join the convent's awful choir after dubbing her "Sister Mary Clarence".
I am a huge Whoopi Goldberg fan and think she fantastic in this role. She plays her role brilliantly and is totally convincing. The only issue I have is that sometimes when she is having one of her 'hissy fits' it can be quite hard to understand what exactly it is that she is squealing. The fact that she is the only black nun instantly means she sticks out like a sore thumb and other nuns are quite curious about her.
Wendy Makkena who plays Sister Mary Robert is a brilliant character, extremely sweet and innocent and I love the look of shock and amusement on her face whilst she is listening to Mary Clarence's food blessing. It's great that she seems to find her place in life throughout the film and become more confident.
Kathy Najimy is Sister Mary Patrick, who has a huge heart (and vocals to match) who befriends Mary Clarence. Her acting in this film is superb!
Mother Superior is my favourite character in the film. The looks of utter disgust she gives are hysterical and the annoyance on her face is so evident.
The songs are really catchy and after watching this film I am usually caught singing them whilst cleaning!
The only problem I have with this film is that there is not really much explanation about the relationship with Delores and Vince... it just seems to storm right on in there and possibly could have done with a bit more attention.
All in all a brilliant film for the whole family!
Sister Act was one of my favourite films when i was a kid and still is today. This film was directed by Emile Ardolin and written by Joseph Howard. Some of the cast include the wonderful Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey keitel, Bill Nunn, Kathy Najimy and Wendy Makkena. That is just to name a few. This film was made back in 1992. It's a Certificate: PG, and runs for 96 mins.
Deloris Van Cartier or should we say (Sister Mary Clarence) is a cabaret singer and played in a place called Reno. Her boyfriend is a gangster called Vince LaRocca and is also a Casino owner. This relationship never really hit off from the start and when Deloris and Vince have a row and he offers her a purple mink coat as a peace offering, she realises the fur coat belongs to his wife. Deloris sets about taking this back to him, but as she walks through the door, Vince has his two men Willy and Joey murder a young man.
Knowing what she was getting herself in for, Deloris decides to run to the police and confess all. This is where the film really kicks in for me, Whoopi Goldberg's great comedy wit comes in and delivers some fantastic one liners. When telling Lieutenant Eddie Souther, played by Bill Nunn her dilemma, he suggests he puts her in a place safe, where no-one can find her. My favourite quote from Deloris in this scene is 'What you gonna do, your gonna stick me in a bag and bury me, forget it' Absolute classic. But Souther has better ideas, she's going in a convent. When she arrives the Mother Superior is less than amused at the idea and doesnt relent half as quick as deloris. From now on, this is where Deloris becomes Sister Mary Clarence.
There are some fantastic scenes with all the nuns that have you in stitches. Sister Mary Clarence takes a while to adapt to her new life and makes some great friends in the nuns. She ends up joining the choir, who are awfully out of tune and decides to sit out, until Sister Mary Lazarus suggests she teaches the choir herself. But does Deloris have what it takes to transform this shambles into a choir ? And will Vince ever catch up with his ex girlfriend ? Will she ever want to leave the nuns ?
I have never come across such a fabulous, funny, witty laid back film. It isnt a 'edge of your seat' type film but it's a great one nonetheless. The acting throughout the whole film is pure class, the chemistry Whoopi Goldberg has with anyone she works with is amazing, particularly with Bill Nunn who plays the Lieutenant makes it so thrilling to view. I much enjoyed the musical side to the film too, great tracks. An excellent movie that suits everyone.
I would recommend this film to you, even if it's just for the amazing Whoopi. It's funny, entertaining, great comedy scenes. You will enjoy every single second of it i guarantee. Go and get yourself a copy and try this film out.
Sister Act is a fun family film that I continue to love.
Delores Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is a sassy lounge singer who after seeing her married boyfriend, Vinnie, and his mates murder a man is forced to run for her life. After running to the police, Lieutenant Souther informs Delores that in order to stay safe she must go into hiding. The place he has in mind is a place that no one would expect to look for her - a quiet convent. Neither Delores nor Mother Superior is exceptionally happy about this arrangement but there seems to be no other way and it is here she becomes Sister Mary Clarence.
As Sister Mary Clarence however she has a hard time sticking to the rules and is constantly in conflict with Mother Superior. Her punishment for her irreverent behaviour is to join the choir. Now this shouldn't be a problem for someone who loves singing as much as she does but unfortunately the choir is tone deaf.
Before long though Delores, still undercover, has made it her personal mission to turn this rabble of noise into a soulful chorus of singing sisters. The convents choir is soon dragging in the crowds but the rave reviews that her hard work has earned the convent and the sudden fame this has brought them is soon to put her hidden identity in jeopardy.
Sister Act is a fun loving movie full of irresistible music, fantastic characters and witty comedy. The story told not only tracks Delores progression through the convent but also the progression of some of the other nuns within it. Through the music they sing and the confidence they gain through doing it we realise as an audience how much they as a group needed her, despite what Mother Superior believes. The story is also one that shows how friendships can appear in the most unlikely of places and that people from all walks of life no matter how different the paths they may have chosen are can still work together and make a difference.
There is nothing particularly fancy about this film. No masterminded action scenes, no lengthy heart-felt discussions and no fancy graphics. The film is just a simple tale told through music and comedy. Its simplicity however is what makes the film such a hit and will continue to make it a hit in the future.
This is a classic film and what's better it has a sequel that in my opinion is a as great as the first one which in my book a lot of films struggle to hold, but this one is fantastic it's a great comedy.
Whoopi Goldberg plays Delores who is a singer who is forced to hide out from her past as her boyfriend killed someone and she was an eye witness, so Delores enters in a witness protection program.
Although this program was more that she bargained for as she was turned in to a Nun and was give the name Sister Mary Clarence, in which this roles was obviously a challenge as this was far from her previous career of a show girl. In order to pass her time the Reverend Mother gives her the task to help out the disastrous choir. Delores tries her best with the choir and ends up with a slight show tune element, which to the shock of the Reverend Mother as the choir take on a whole new look. The newly talented choir attracts great attention for the church, which is slightly concerning for the Reverend Mother as sister Mary Clarence is supposed to be in witness protection.
This film had me laughing from start to finish. Whoopi Goldberg is fantastic in this part. It's well worth watching and the second sister act is just as good.
Dolores Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) is a cabaret singer in Reno, Nevada and is dating Vinny (Harvey Keitel), a married casino boss and gangster. When Vinny and Dolores have an argument, Vinny gives Dolores a fur coat as a peace offering. When Dolores realises that the coat actually belongs to his wife, she is furious and storms up to his office to tell him it's over. When she gets there however, she is in for a shock, as she witnesses Vinny and his cronies murder a man.
Dolores runs to the police, aware that Vinny and his men are on her trail. Lieutenant Souther (Bill Nunn) reveals to Dolores just how dangerous her boyfriend is, and tells her she must go to a safe house until the trial date in order to stay alive. When they arrive at the 'safe house', Lt Souther informs Dolores that it is actually a convent. She is furious about this, and so is the Mother Superior (Maggie Smith). Eventually Dolores relents as she realises staying there is the only way she can stay safe. The Mother Superior however, takes longer to warm to the idea, and is very strict with Dolores. She forces her to wear a habit and informs her that her new name will be Sister Mary Clarence.
At first Dolores is miserable with her new life as a nun and regularly gets into conflict with the Mother Superior, but things improve slightly when she gets to know a few of the other nuns in the convent - the shy Sister Mary Robert (Wendy Makkena) and the larger than life Sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy). Dolores is then given the job of directing the church choir, which are terribly out of tune. Can Dolores help the choir? And will Vinny ever track her down?
~What I thought~
This film is a classic comedy, and suitable for most of the family. Made in 1992, the film is shown on TV fairly regularly, so I have seen it countless times now, but I think it is one of those movies that you can watch time and time again.
The storyline is pretty simple, and I think the outcome is pretty obvious. There aren't really many twists or turns to the story, and I think perhaps it would have been a bit better if a bit more suspense had been created - for example, the fact the Vinny was on Dolores' trail could have been heightened a bit, but overall the film is still enjoyable to watch.
The film combines comedy with music -although it is by no means a musical - but the uplifting songs make for a real feel good film, and Wendy Makkena's voice is fantastic.
The acting is great throughout - Whoopi Goldberg tends to play a lot of larger than life characters, who are pretty similar (think Oda Mae Brown in Ghost), but she still manages to bring a special quality to the character of Dolores. I think the whole 'fish out of water' scenario always makes for great comedy, and luckily Whoopi Goldberg pulls it off brilliantly.
Running time: 96 minutes
This is a film only review, but the DVD can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk for £4.97
This is an enjoyable film, which is suitable for the whole family. It's consistently funny, and although it might not have the best plot ever, I would still recommend it.
Sister Act stars Whoopi Goldberg and is a funny feel good movie which is ideal for all of the family. In the film Goldberg plays the role of Delores Van Cartier a singer in a three girl band who sing in the rather seedy cocktail lounge of a Reno casino.
Her band do cover versions of Tamla Motown hits and they are not very good, which does not matter too much as those in the lounge are more concerned with drinking, eating and gambling to pay much attention to them. They only get the gig because she is the mistress of the casino owner, Vince, who is a member of the mob. When she goes to confront him over a fur coat he gave her which turns out to be one of his wifes old ones she accidently stumbles across him shooting an informant and she flees to the police.
They decide to hide her in a convent of nuns until she can testify as past witnesses have been killed before they can testify against Vince. Needless to say she soon comes into conflict with the strict Sister who runs the convent.
This is a funny film, especially the scenes in church when Delores takes over the running of the church choir, there are some great songs as well which makes the film all the more enjoyable.
Needless to say some of the humour comes from nuns doing things they are not suppposed to me but this is a nice movie that does not use sexual innuendo or gross out scenes to make you laugh.
Definately one to watch if you have not yet seen it.
*Film Only Review*
Whatever happened to the comedy stars of the 80s? Some of the biggest names of film across the Me Me decade have disappeared almost entirely from our radars. Stars such as Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are still working today, but may as well be retired with the dross they make. Other stars have gone onto moderate TV success e.g. Ted Danson. What about the leading funny lady of the 80s? The women that starred in Ghost? For a few years Whoopi Goldberg was guaranteed box office gold with Jumping Jack Flash and Sister Act. However, by the time of the mid 90s her time was up and she no longer got roles except in cameo e.g. Loaded Weapon 1. So let us look back to one of her most successful films and see is she still deserves to work today.
Deloris Van Cartier is part of a song and dance troop that works out of a run down casino in Reno. She is having an affair with gangster owner Vince when she stubbles across him murdering an informant. Deloris decides to run to the police and she becomes their star witness against Vince, a man they have been trying to catch for years. Its unsafe for her to stay in Reno so they ship her off to another city and disguise her as a nun. Deloris new role is to revitalise the choir and stay hidden. However, little does she know that her blending of mo-town music and religion will become a hit. Can she remain hidden as her choir becomes increasingly famous?
Sister Act is one of the few films made in the past 20 years that you can call a quality family film. For me these are films that are suitable for everyone to watch and also remain entertaining over the years. Recently films like Harry Potter and Pirates have been labelled family films, but as 12As they are far too violent for little kids and a bit uncomfortable to watch with the older generation. Only films like Big, Back to the Future and Mrs Doubtfire successfully blend comedy, family fun and entertainment together. Sister Act is certainly not on the same level as these films, but it is a family film of some success, none the less.
One of the first things that I noticed upon watching this film again on TV recently is how dated it looks. The film was made, and is set; in the early 90s and boy does it look like it. I was expecting MC Hammer to walk on at any moment to proclaim his mantra (sir, I do not want to touch it). However, as a comedy the 15 year gap is not actually a huge factor as there are no poor special effects to undermine the film. Try and watch the likes of Jurassic Park and Jumanji now and you will realise what empty films they are as the special effects can no longer distract you from the lack of plot. Sister Act remains true to its comedic origins and is therefore still a viable film just not a great one.
Whoopi Goldberg is the star of this film in every sense of the word and it was obviously filmed to be a vehicle for her comedic talent. It really leans towards her everywoman style. Although the film not a particular acting stretch for her the role is good enough to be sympathetic for the audience. This is the type of film that works or falls on its script and the one-liners are perfect for Goldberg. She is ably supported by some good performances, especially Maggie Smith once again churning out her Jean Brodie stick. As a kid I always remember enjoying Kathy Najimys performance as the eccentric larger nun. However, on review I actually think its a little embarrassing and one of the poorer elements of the film.
The most fun parts for me are the rewritten songs that the nuns sing in the choir. I have been known to hum, nothing you can do can take me away from my God 10 years after seeing the film. What is also good is the sympathetic way in which the Church is portrayed. With recent events in America highlighting the darker sides of religious life this film is aimed squarely at a family market portraying the nuns as a tool for good in a deprived area. This may seem a little too sweet and naïve for more hardened audiences, but is perfectly acceptable in this type of film.
Although there are several good and enjoyable elements in the film there is nothing that is particularly outstanding. The script is fun, acting decent and direction competent. However, even on release the film was nothing more than a fun average family comedy. Its one success can be that it has not aged too badly, unlike its sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. By being a film that lacks any depth Emile Ardolino has successfully created a film that the entire household could get enjoyment from; as long as they werent too cynical. So next time you are bored on a Sunday, ITV2 may be showing Sister Act again, perhaps its worth a watch?
Director: Emile Ardolino
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg
Price: Amazon uk £8.98 (Sister Act I and II)
I first watched this film when I was 6 years old, and I remember loving it. I didn't see the whole thing again up until a few years ago, when I watched it at Christmas and I remembered how fantastic it was so I went online and picked it up at the bargain price of £3.99. So here goes my film and DVD review of Sister Act.
Sister Act stars the wonderfully hilarious Whoopi Goldberg. I love Whoopi, and I think she is such a fantastic actress. All the other actresses in the film are equally fantastic, and the whole cast together really do make the film what it is. The other actresses include the hugely talented Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Mary Wickes, and the hilarious Harvey Keitel as the bad guy.
Whoopi Goldberg plays the nightclub/cabaret singer Delores Van Cartier, who dates Vince LaRocca, a crime lord in LA. Delores witnesses something she shouldn't in one of Vince's suites, and when Vince realises Delores witnessed it, he sends his cronies to find her and kill her. Delores goes to the police, and in order to testify, Lt Eddie Souther (played by Bill Nunn) tells Delores she has to live in a safe house. What he doesn't tell her is that the safe house is a convent.
Being a nightclub singer, Delores doesn't exact warm to the world of being a nun. Mother Superior (played by Maggie Smith) initially refuses to take Delores but then realises she has to help others as a nun. So Delores is welcomed into the convent, but doesn't exactly mix with the others. She doesn't like the 5am starts, and feels out of place.
But Delores soon begins to work her charm and magic on the nuns. She helps them to integrate in the community, and start to raise some money to save the church where they worship by helping out the locals. The nuns enjoy being out and about, despite the displeased Mother Superior. Some of the nuns tell Delores that as a singer, she should take over the running of the choir. They aren't very good, but Delores helps them learn how to sing and uncovers a talent in the form of Sister Mary Robert, a shy young nun with a wonderful voice.
Soon, the choir are drawing in huge crowds to the church at their services, with funky versions of hymns. The priests loves it, but the Mother Superior doesn't think the songs are appropriate. Soon however, Delores' undercover home is uncovered by a corrupt cop telling Vince where Delores is hiding out. Delores goes on the run, leaving Mother Superior to explain to the nuns Delores' real identity and the reason for her stay at the convent.
The nuns unite together to fly out to Las Vegas to save Delores, and help Delores get away by fooling Vince's cronies by all wearing nun's habits and running around a casino. Delores and the nuns are trapped in the casino but the police save them. The nuns welcome Delores back for one last show in front of the Pope, and the choir is a runaway success.
The songs in this movie are wonderful, so upbeat and fun to sing. They include Hail Holy Queen, I will Follow Him, and My God. Whoopi Goldberg sings all of the songs, and the choir are fantastic. You can buy a sountrack of the album, which also features other songs featured in the movie.
The DVD features music videos for a few songs on the movie, which are interetsing to watch, but probably only once! You can buy the DVD for just a few pounds online now, and as part of a boxset with the 2nd Sister Act film, Back In The Habit. A feel good family movie, a must see in my opinion!
I have always enjoyed watching this film. Whoopi Goldberg is a great comic actress, and wonderfully portrays someone in a situation she is not used to being in. Her raport with the other actresses is fantastic, particularly between herself and Maggie Smith.
The film is a pure delight to watch. It never fails to cheer me up, and I usually end up singing along to the fab tunes within the movie. Obviously, the plot line is not the most believable one in the world, but it gives a good insight into the lives of nuns and the sacrifices they make to God. I think this film would appeal to almost anybody as it isnt offending, swearing is at a minimum, and the comedic value of Whoopi Goldberg is just fantastic.
Whoopi Goldberg ... Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence
Maggie Smith ... Mother Superior
Kathy Najimy ... Sister Mary Patrick
Wendy Makkena ... Sister Mary Robert
Mary Wickes ... Sister Mary Lazarus
Harvey Keitel ... Vince LaRocca
Bill Nunn ... Lt. Eddie Souther
Certificate: UK PG (Parental Guidance)
Running Time: 100 minutes
Written by: Joseph Howard
Director: Emile Ardolino
Year of Release: 1992
Soundtrack available on Amazon for £10.98.
DVD selling on Amazon for £5.97
I've always enjoyed any film that stared Whoopi Goldberg, I think she is very funny and a great actress, but my favorite film of all time is "Sister Act ". In this film she plays the part of a Lounge singer, who after witnessing a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend, is put into a convent by the witness protection programme for her own safety. There she is put in charge of the choir and turns the group of terrible singers into a choir that everyone wants to hear. She is eventually found by her boyfriend, who's intention is to kill her, but is rescued by the nuns from the convent. It is funny from start to finish and has of course got a happy ending. Its what I call a "Feel Good " film, which I watch over and over again and never get tired of.
In Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg plays a Reno lounge singer who hides out as a nun when her villainous boyfriend (Harvey Keitel) goes gunning for her. Maggie Smith is the mother superior who has to cope with Whoopi's unorthodox behaviour, but the cute script turns the tables and shows the latter energising the stodgy convent with song and attitude. A real crowd-pleaser and a perfect vehicle for Goldberg, this is a happy experience all around. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com