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The Singing Nun 1966

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4.4 out of 5 stars (68) IMDb 6.1/10

Debbie Reynolds stars in this inspirational story of a Belgian nun who writes a song for a motherless boy. Through the help of a kindly priest, she goes on to become a pop sensation.

Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Drama, Musical, Kids & Family
Director Henry Koster
Starring Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban
Supporting actors Greer Garson, Agnes Moorehead, Chad Everett, Katharine Ross, Ed Sullivan, Juanita Moore, Ricky Cordell, Michael Pate, Tom Drake, Larry D. Mann, Charles Robinson, Monique Montaigne, Joyce Vanderveen, Anne Wakefield, Pam Peterson, Marina Koshetz, Nancy Walters, Violet Rensing
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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"The Singing Nun" is a warm, sincere film, beautiful in its lightheartedness and in its honesty. The true story of a nun who went from Belgium to the Billboards is told through this film, and it is to be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Debbie Reynolds is the sunny young nun Sister Anne, who comes to a convent in Belgium to begin her religious life, and hopes to one day continue her work in the Congo. With her guitar, "Sister Adelle", and her beautiful singing voice, Sister Anne's talent is quickly recognized by the warm Mother Superior (Greer Garson) and the enthusiastic Father Clementi (Ricardo Montalban). She is encouraged by an old friend, Robert Gerarde (Chad Everett) to record an album of her hymns. The album becomes a sensation, and "The Singing Nun" is soon making appearances at parties and engagements, even appearing on "Ed Sullivan"! At first, Sister Anne is able to take her success in stride, as she begins teaching young children and forming a friendship with one of the underprivileged children, Dominic. But as the film progresses, Sister Anne finds herself torn: Should she continue her singing, or devote herself to God?
One critic wrote that the film had "the warmth and poignancy of a child's first prayer." And "The Singing Nun" is truly, that touching. Its beautiful score includes some wonderful hummable songs like "Brother John", "Beyond the Stars", "It's A Miracle", and "Dominic-A-Nic-A-Nica-A" among them. The perfect performances of Reynolds, Garson, Montalban, Everett, and a great supporting cast lend the movie a true depth of feeling. It's a moving, heartwarming film that will bring a smile to your face every time you watch it.
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I saw this movie when I was 10 years old. Although I knew that it was a fictionalized account of the "real" singing nun, my friends and I enjoyed it immensely. We did not notice the make-up on the nuns, and we did not think that the nuns in it were over the top. Furthermore, there are many movies now where people are supposed to be dying or in a calamity, and they are wearing full make-up, oar the situation in the movie is just too unbelievable for words In fact, we had nuns who taught in our school, and we could team each nun with one of the characters in the movie, including Debbie Reynolds. It is a great movie for an older Catholic audience, who can remember when nuns wore habits, and still played baseball with their students.
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Definitely not for the cynical, this warm and engaging story about the 'real life' Belgian singing nun is wholesome and delightful entertainment for all who desire what is good, right and clean.
Sure, Hollywood took liberties with the screenplay and the finished producted resembles practically nothing about the real 'singing nun's' life. But that is a peripheral issue. What is important here is that we have a film one can watch together as a family or a group, be enthralled by the heartwearming performances of the entire cast and have your heart lifted by the music that it contains. Beautiful melodies, simply performed with Debbie Reynolds perfect in acting and in singing voice.
To be fair, there are two minor issues that I have to nit pick. First the film is in need of tighter editing but, again, overlooking that, it is wonderful. Second, the last 1/3 of the film is lacking in music, but that is as it should be given how Sr. Ann is torn between her vocation and continuing her singing. Those two issues, notwithstanding, this film has you tapping your foot and singing along before you know it. It is a 'feel good' family film made in the sixties when America was desperately reaching for wholesomeness. On this matter the film succeeds. True, it is no "Sound of Music" and it doesn't attempt to be. But it stand on its own merits and is one film I never tire of watching, especially when I need some uplifting and edification.
What a shame that the soundtrack for this film is a rarity. I managed to obtain a vinyl disc copy through ebay and I enjoy it immensely but I wish they would release it on compact disc because the music is what sells this film.
Ignore the abysmal reviews by those who are cynical and desire more than good, clean, wholesome entertainment.
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Debbie Reynolds and Chad Everett star in this lovely musical. Miss Reynolds is sister Anne, a young nun fresh from the convent, who comes to a poor town in Belgium. Her marvellous singing voice is discovered by the father of the parish, and when sister Anne goes to the recording studio she meets an old beau. Sister Anne becomes a top-recording artist, but she still spends time with the town's children and tries to make friends with the people in town. All while her old beau seems to get interested again.
A wholesome movie! Nothing offensive! A bit of laughter, a bit of sadness, a bit of romance! But all the time wonderful songs, ballads and toe-tappers, beautifully sung by Debbie Reynolds.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this video which tells of the choices we sometimes have to face in life between what we want to do and what we are called to do. The film portrays that love is the greatest gift of all when we have to make difficult choices in life.
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