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The Nun's Story (1959)

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Audrey Hepburn stars in The Nun's Story as Sister Luke, postulant of a Belgian order of nuns. Though frequently disillusioned in her efforts to spread good will -- at one point she is nearly killed by a mental patient (Colleen Dewhurst) -- Sister Luke perseveres. Sent as a nurse to the Belgian Congo, an assignment she'd been hoping for, Sister Luke is disappointed to learn that she will not be ministering to the natives but to European patients. Through the example of no-nonsense chief surgeon

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Drama, Classics

Robert Anderson, Kathryn C. Hulme

Apr 4, 2006

Warner Home Video

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Fred Zinnemann's production is a soaring and luminous film.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's still a long haul (made no lighter by Franz Waxman's abominably insistent score) for anyone not committed to theological problems of faith, conscience and obedience.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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In the role of the nun, Miss Hepburn is fluent and luminous.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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... on target and godlike.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A superbly restrained piece of filmmaking, with Zinnemann directing in simple, unadorned style and Hepburn giving a truly radiant performance.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Zinnemann's drama depicts the spiritual tug of war of a young nun, beautifully played by Audrey Hepburn, between adherence to vows of chastity and obedience and rebellion against those values for her self-fulfillment

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Certainly doesn't offer the positive depiction of religious life common in 1950s Hollywood, but it's not an anti-religious or anti-Catholic depiction either.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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Moving, controversial (for its time) religious tale starring Audrey Hepburn.

August 1, 2005
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Zinneman, an intelligent if dullish director, has avoided such obvious pitfalls in this adaptation of a factually based best-seller.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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One of Audrey's finest dramatic moments

October 4, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

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Having been raised in a Catholic School, this paints a pretty accurate pic of nuns -- I'm sorry she left, because she had more common sense than all the others
February 1, 2012
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Audrey Hepburn is superb as the nun who undergoes a number of personal changes as a sister in an order of nuns. The ending is blunt in a positive way.
January 23, 2014
John Ballantine

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    1. Gabrielle Van Der Mal: Lord, the more I try, the more imperfect I become. I seem to fail in charity, humility, and obedience. Pride is not been burnt out of me. When I succeed in obeying the rule, I fail at the same time because I have pride in succeeding.
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