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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Furia, Jr., Sally Benson, John Furia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2011
Warner Home Video


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
Anne Wakefield
as Sister Brigitte
Ann 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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All Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Singing Nun

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith

Although it some spiritual enjoyment, The Singing Nun is a boring story about something completely irrelevant. The side plots are more interesting.

James B.
James Bardo

Nobody could have embodied this Role of a Belgian Singing,Spunky, Selfless, & Inspirational Nun better than Debbie Reynolds as Sister Ann.There is naturally something Angelic yet Spunky about Debbie Reynolds that shines through, this role was the perfect Showcase for her God Given Talents, a match made in Heaven one might even say. One can't help but feel that the real Soeur Sourire/Sister Ann would approve.Sister Ann's Compassion, Kindness,& Music Conservatory Background lead her to write a Song for a Grieving Boy that is so Good that she is produced, becomes a sensation World Wide, & appears on the Ed Sullivan(playing Himself here) Show Live.Her success becomes a Dilemma for the Nun, & her Mother Prioress(Greer Garson), & she seeks advice from Father Clementi(Ricardo Montalban) whether or not to remain a nun.A very Heartwarming & True Story, superbly acted by Debbie Reynolds, Greer Garson, Ricardo Montaolban,Katharine Ross(Nicole), & Juanita Moore(Sister Mary).
This Film is very Special to me as I had a Nun who too inspired my life.A Roller Skating & Singing Nun God Bless you Sister Carmilyn of St.Pascal's Baylon(R.I.P) this Film reminds me of her.

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