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The Singing Nun (1966)

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Henry Koster directed this cloying family musical based on the true life story of Soeur Sourire, a Belgian nun whose recordings made her an overnight sensation on The Ed Sullivan Show. Debbie Reynolds stars as Sister Ann, a Belgian nun who likes to compose little tunes on her guitar. She writes the song "Dominique" for a lonely little boy, Dominic Arlien (Ricky Cordell), whose mother has died and whose father is an alcoholic. Father Clementi (Ricardo Montalban) tries to promote the song, getting help from his old friend Robert Gerarde (Chad Everett), a record producer. "Dominique" becomes an international hit, thanks to Robert's efforts, and Ed Sullivan appears on the scene to film Sister Ann for his television program. Unsure of how to handle her amazing success, Sister Ann seeks out Father Clementi for advice, unsure of whether to give up her singing and remain a nun or to continue on with her singing career and renounce her vows.

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Cast

Debbie Reynolds
as Sister Ann
Ricardo Montalban
as Father Clementi
Greer Garson
as Mother Prioress
Agnes Moorehead
as Sister Cluny
Chad Everett
as Robert Gerarde
Katharine Ross
as Nicole Arlien
Ricky Cordell
as Dominic Arlien
Ed Sullivan
as Himself
Juanita Moore
as Sister Mary
Michael Pate
as Mr. Arlien
Tom Drake
as Fitzpatrick
Larry D. Mann
as Mr. Duvries
Monique Montaigne
as Sister Michele
Joyce Vanderveen
as Sister Elise
Ann Wakefield
as Sister Brigitte
Anne Wakefield
as Sister Brigitte
Pam Peterson
as Sister Gertrude
Marina Koshetz
as Sister Marthe
Nancy Walters
as Sister Therese
Violet Rensing
as Sister Elizabeth
Inez Pedroza
as Sister Consuella
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Debbie Reynolds, then in her second and last popularity phase, plays the titular role in this unbearably cloying, poorly scripted musical melodrama, trying to cash in on the success of The Sound of Music.

March 1, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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