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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Kathryn C. Hulme, Robert Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
Warner Home Video


as Gabrielle Van Der Ma...

as Dr. Fortunati

as Mother Emmanuel

as Mother Mathilde

as Dr. Van Der Mal

as Sr. Margharita

as Mother Christophe

as Sr. William

as Sr. Eleanor

as Mother Marcella

as Sister Marie

as Father Vermeuhlen

as Mother Katherine

as Dr. Goovaerts

as Sister Pauline

as Archangel

as Chaplain

as Illunga

as Louise Van Der Mal

as Pierre Van Der Mal

as Marie Van Der Mal

as Jeannette Milonet

as Sister Bernard

as Sister Ellen

as Sister Timothy

as Sister Aurelie

as Sister Augustine

as Murderer of Sister A...
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Critic Reviews for The Nun's Story

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In the role of the nun, Miss Hepburn is fluent and luminous.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

... on target and godlike.

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A superbly restrained piece of filmmaking, with Zinnemann directing in simple, unadorned style and Hepburn giving a truly radiant performance.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | August 23, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Nun's Story

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

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

So very long, but it was alright besides.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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