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The Nun's Story (18-Jun-1959)

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Writer: Robert Anderson

Based on a book by: Kathryn C. Hulme

Music Composed and Conducted by: Franz Waxman

Producer: Henry Blanke

Keywords: Drama, Nuns

A Belgian girl tests her faith when she becomes a Roman Catholic nun, requesting assignment to the Congo which is granted after a long stint serving in a mental asylum. Years later she is ordered home, her faith further tested when the Nazis invade. Received 8 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Adaptation, Best Cinematography, and Best Score.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Dorothy Alison
4-Apr-1925 17-Jan-1992 See No Evil
Peggy Ashcroft
22-Dec-1907 14-Jun-1991 A Passage to India
Colleen Dewhurst
3-Jun-1924 2-Aug-1991 Murphy Brown's mother
Mildred Dunnock
25-Jan-1901 5-Jul-1991 Death of a Salesman
Edith Evans
8-Feb-1888 14-Oct-1976 The Whisperers
Peter Finch
28-Sep-1916 14-Jan-1977 Network
Audrey Hepburn
4-May-1929 20-Jan-1993 My Fair Lady
Dean Jagger
7-Nov-1903 5-Feb-1991 Twelve O'Clock High
Lionel Jeffries
10-Jun-1926 19-Feb-2010 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Niall MacGinnis
29-Mar-1913 6-Jan-1977 49th Parallel
Barbara O'Neil
17-Jul-1910 3-Sep-1980 Ellen O'Hara in Gone with the Wind
Jeanette Sterke
1934   A Stitch in Time
Beatrice Straight
2-Aug-1914 7-Apr-2001 Network


Audrey Hepburn   ...   Sister Luke
Peter Finch   ...   Dr. Fortunati
Edith Evans   ...   Rev. Mother Emmanuel
Peggy Ashcroft   ...   Mother Mathilde
Dean Jagger   ...   Dr. Hubert Van Der Mal
Mildred Dunnock   ...   Sister Margharita, Mistress of Postulants
Beatrice Straight   ...   Mother Christophe
Patricia Collinge   ...   Sister William
Rosalie Crutchley   ...   Sister Eleanor, Mistress of Novices
Ruth White   ...   Mother Marcella
Barbara O'Neil   ...   Mother Katherine
Margaret Phillips   ...   Sister Pauline
Patricia Bosworth   ...   Simone
Colleen Dewhurst   ...   Archangel Gabriel
Stephen Murray   ...   Chaplain
Lionel Jeffries   ...   Dr. Goovaerts
Niall MacGinnis   ...   Fr. Vermeuhlen
Eva Kotthaus   ...   Sister Marie
Molly Urquhart   ...   Sister Augustine
Dorothy Alison   ...   Sister Aurelie
Jeanette Sterke   ...   Louise
Errol John   ...   Illunga
Diana Lambert   ...   Lisa
Orlando Martins   ...   Kalulu


Review by Brenda (posted on 28-Jul-2007)

Fantastic! Such insight into the lives of nuns and the politics that occur. I hope things have changed. Audrey Hepburn is incredible. Such a sacrifice these women make and so much is expected of them. Can't wait to read about what happened to the real subject of the book. It was a hard choice to leave the order, to quit being a nun. Hope I am as strong if ever faced with a similar choice.

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