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Nuns on the Run


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Brian and Charlie work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave" he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B&C decide to steal the money for themselves, but when their escape doesn't go to plan, they have to seek refuge in a Nuns' teacher training school. Disguised as nuns, B & C have to avoid their boss, Triads, police and Brians's girlfriend. There's also the problem of them being men disguised as nuns in an all women institution.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri, Janet Suzman, Doris Hare
  • Directors: Jonathan Lynn
  • Writers: Jonathan Lynn
  • Producers: Denis O'Brien, George Harrison, Michael White, Simon Bosanquet
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LPSFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nuns on the Run" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Great movie, so funny!
Cincy girl
They stood at his desk like idiots answering, "I don't know," then, "I don't know," then, "I don't know," then...well...you get the idea, to all of his inquiries.
David B. Isbell
It would have to be one of the funniest movies ever made.
G A Brown

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bromptonboy VINE VOICE on April 2, 2005
Format: DVD
A very enjoyable movie - not exactly high brow humor, or not typical off beat Pythonesque humor (Eric Idle of Monty Python fame is Brian, and Robbie Coltrane of the Cracker series is Charlie). Brian and Charlie are gangsters who after stealing some drug money from the London triad, and avoiding a double cross from their boss, take 'sanctuary' in a convent. They do this by hiding as drag-Nuns; Sister Euphemia and Sister Inviolata (to see Robbie Coltrane in a nun's habit is a howl).
Brian and Charlie manage to have a positive effect on the nunnery, and they even repent (of a sorts) - but without returning the money of course (The good guys win - according to Brian's logic - when drug money is used for good works!).
There is some light hearted making fun of Catholicism here, but it is not mean spirited, so it shouldn't offend anyone. Charlie - who grew up Catholic - defends the church a few times while discussing religion with Brian.
Break out the popcorn, and fire up the movie and enjoy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on April 22, 2005
Format: DVD
If the last Pope was John Paul. Why isn't the new one George Ringo?

Irreverent Catholic humour abounds in NUNS ON THE RUN (Anchor Bay), a low brow romp that follows Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane -- two crooks with loot taken from bigger crooks -- into a convent where they don habits and pretend to be nuns assigned to teaching young girls.

I laughed out loud at these desperate, inept, ugly nuns and their silly complications.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mazkoor Shariff on September 3, 2005
Format: DVD
An early film of Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid of Harry Potter fame) is a fantastically humorous film, especially if you are or know something about Catholicism. Robbie's explanation of the Holy Trinity will have you in stitches. And the method he uses to remember the proper way of making the sign of the cross is still the way I remember it. Buy this film!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maria Beadnell on December 23, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
It's hard too find an action movie wherein the female lead is someone I'd want for a friend. And, yes, I know the actor playing Faith was at leat 20 years younger than Eric Idle.
But!!! How many action/comedy women get subtext? Faith is working her way through college, by holding 2 jobs, and we get a glimpse of her family life, and, when she is ___justifiably___ angry with her boyfriend (Idle) the movie doesn't dismiss what she has to say.
Not for people into total escapism--raises too many points, and by the way it pre-empts "Analyze This" by many years in stating, humorously, that the gangster's life is stressful.

That said, the movie made me laugh--I went to Catholic school; I didn't find it offensive--if you are so devout that you can't question your faith at all, you're not really thinking, and then no, you won't enjoy this movie. (Don't see Life of Brian, either.) "Of COURSE it doesn't make sense--that's why you gotta have faith." That's almost what the nuns told me--except I wasn't allowed to laugh.
I'll watch anything Robbie Coltrane is in because he is so good, and Eric Idle's Pythonesque timing is totally on. The writing has good pace, going from believable but funny to silly but fathomable to so silly you just have to suspend your disbelief just at the right moment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BR on March 1, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
The above statement comes from when Charley aka Sister Inviolata of the Immaculate Conception is explaining how that because of the Doctrine of Original Sin you have to keep on sinning so you can be saved and go to heavan. That's why Christianity suits so many people!

And that's just one line from this really funny movie!

The plot of this movie revolves around two extremely inept gangsters who decide to steal a large sum of money off a gang boss and end up dressing up as nuns and hiding out in a convent!

Everybody, especially the two main characters, Brian Hope aka Sister Euphemia of the Five Wounds, Five Wounds for short and Charley MacManus, is quite mad! Needless to say they make some seriously ugly nuns.

Which brings me to a point that I had a few nuns as teachers in grade school and some of them looked a lot like Charley! LOL!

I digress! If you like slapstick British Comedy, you'll like this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra von Wrede on July 25, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Nuns on the Run is just plain fun.

Two gangsters, - one Catholic and one non-catholic, wonderfully portrayed by Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle, both of whom who have a real flair for comedy, are tired of gang life and try to escape by hiding in a nunnery and passing themselves off as nuns. The result is hilarious.

The tough guys are two bit actors, completely unconvincing in their roles, especially the ones who play the Asian gang, but the movie is loaded with laughs, and improves with each viewing, as one picks up more and more of the subtlies perhaps missed the first time around.

It's pretty much slapstick in parts, but there are some wonderfully rich and uproariously funny bits, such as when one of the "sisters" (Robbie Coltrane) has to supervise the girls shower; the scene where the non-Catholic "nun" (Eric Idle) has to give a class in Catechism about which he knows absolutely nothing and really messes up, will have every Catholic viewer rolling in the aisles, as is the part where he sneaks into the Confessional and pretends to be a priest in order to hear his girlfriend's confession. Then, of course, there is Father Shamus, who has a bit of trouble keeping his hands to himself, and who tries his best to hit on one of the newly arrived "nuns."

Except for the truly tacky and totally unconvincing "gang" members, the movie is a riot. I have watched it dozens of times and loved it every time. Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle as the "nuns" turn out truly memorable performances.

If you want a movie that will tickle your funny bone and have you holding your sides with laughter, Nuns on the Run is it.
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