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Sister Act

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When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 5.9/10 (32,085 voted)

Emile Ardolino

Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy

Sister Act is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Carter who witnesses her mobster boyfriend killing an employer. She is then hidden in a convent under a witness protection program. She soon makes friends with the nuns especially Sister Mary Robert, Sister Mary Lazuras and Sister Mary Patrick. After the Mother Superior catches Deloris going out to a bar in the night time followed by Mary Robert and Mary Patrick she orders her to join the church choir. Only to find her coaching the choir and turning them into swingin' singin' sisters. The choir proves to be a big success with the surrounding neighborhood, but will Deloris' boyfriend track her down…


Whoopi Goldberg

Deloris Van Cartier
Sister Mary Clarence

Maggie Smith

Mother Superior

Kathy Najimy

Sister Mary Patrick

Wendy Makkena

Sister Mary Robert

Mary Wickes

Sister Mary Lazarus

Harvey Keitel

Vince LaRocca

Bill Nunn

Lt. Eddie Souther

Robert Miranda


Richard Portnow


Ellen Albertini Dow

Choir Nun

Carmen Zapata

Choir Nun

Pat Crawford Brown

Choir Nun

Prudence Wright Holmes

Choir Nun

Georgia Creighton

Choir Nun

Susan Johnson-Kehn

Choir Nun

(as Susan Johnson)

No sex. No booze. No men. No way.

Release Date: 29 May 1992

Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel – 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $11,894,587
(31 May 1992)

Gross: $231,600,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


An opening scene shows Dolores as a young girl, played by Isis Carmen Jones. Later the same year, Jones played a "de-aged" version of Goldberg's character Guinan, in an episode of
Star Trek: The Next Generation titled


Toward the end of the film, as the nuns are looking out of the airplane window at Reno, it is quite obvious that they are merely looking at a string of Christmas lights.


[first lines]

[in a classroom in 1968]

Who can name all the apostles? Yes, Delores?

Little Delores:
John, Paul, George… and Ringo!
[the children laugh]

Delores Wilson, you are the most unruly, disobedient girl in this school! Now, I want you to march right up to that blackboard and write the names of all the apostles alphabetically.
[Little Delores walks up to the blackboard and writes "John, Paul, Peter" and "Elvis" in big letters, underlined. The children laugh again]

This is enough! You are hopeless, and I wash my hands of you. Mark my words, Delores. If you continue on this disruptive track, it will lead straight to the devil. Have you any idea what girls like you become?

User Review

How can anyone NOT love this film?


Sister Act is definitely one of a kind. It's such a funny, heart-warming
film with a good mix of action and comedy and some excellent music as well.
I don't normally enjoy films that are driven by just one Hollywood star at
the helm, but I have a weakness for Whoopi Goldberg and here she is simply
divine as Deloris Van Cartier, a club singer thrown into a convent
undercover to hide out from her mobster boyfriend who wants her dead. Of
course, she doesn't fit in here so much of the comedy is drawn from Deloris
finding it difficult to conform to the nun's holy ways. But sure enough, she
finds solace with the choir, and turns them from awful to amazing in no
time. The scenes with the choir are the high-points of this film, I
guarantee you'll be dancing and singing around your living room to them.
Whoopi never fails to disappoint, and is fantastic here. Maggie Smith is
also very good as the Reverend Mother, and Harvey Keitel plays hard-man
Vince just like you'd expect. Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena and Mary Wickes
are all fabulous, each impress in their own special way, with Najimy's
innocent and bubbly manner, Makkena's shy and withdrawing character but also
possessing a great voice and Wickes' sarcastic but effective wit. Sister Act
is just a great, great film, the sparkle and the magic never fade, no matter
how many times you watch it. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and
watch it yet again!