Change of Habit


Change of Habit

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Dr. John Carpenter (Elvis Presley) helps the economically disadvantaged in an inner-city medical clinic. Three nuns are assigned to help out at the facility and are allowed to wear regular clothes instead of the traditional habits. Sister Michelle (Mary Tyler Moore) is the speech therapist who Dr. Carpenter would like to examine personally after hours. Along with the other sisters (Barbara McNair and Jane Elliot), Michelle is subjected to the criticism of the local parish priest (Regis Toomey) in the social experiment of non-traditional dress. Two spinsters even mistake the nuns for prostitutes without their habits. The priest wins out in the end, and the nuns must again don their habits. As the good doctor sings to the ailing children, Sister Michelle is transfixed both by a crucifix hanging on the wall and by Elvis Presley in an ironic and symbolic scene that flashes between the two icons. This was Presley's last studio feature and he welcomed the move from stifling screen images as he returned his focus to live performances and recording for the remainder of his illustrious career.


Elvis Presley
as Dr. John Carpenter
Mary Tyler Moore
as Sister Michelle
Barbara McNair
as Sister Irene
Jane Elliot
as Sister Barbara
Leora Dana
as Mother Joseph
Edward Asner
as Lt. Moretti
Regis Toomey
as Father Gibbons
Richard Carlson
as Bishop Finley
Nefti Millet
as Julio Hernandez
Virginia Vincent
as Miss Parker
Linda Garay
as Expectant Mother
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
as Mr. Hernandez
Lilith Miles
as 1st Stiletto Deb
Caitlin Wyles
as 2nd Stiletto Deb
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is slightly more interesting than Elvis' usual movies, and it really helps to have a great actress like Mary Tyler Moore in the film too, but it's still not a fantastic movie. If you're an Elvis or Moore fan you'll like it, though.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2007
    depends on how you feel about mary tyler moore as a nun and elvis as a doctor!
    jay n Super Reviewer

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