Nuns on the Run

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Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane team up for this bad boy comic burlesque, directed by Jonathan Lynn. Idle and Coltrane play Brian Hope and Charlie McManus, a pair of two-bit hoods who want to go straight, repulsed by the increasing reliance on guns and violence in their line of work. In thrall to vicious gangster Case Casey Robert Patterson, the duo determine that their next job will be their last. When a large amount of money is extracted from a gang of Hong Kong drug dealers and it falls into the laps of Brian ...
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Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane team up for this bad boy comic burlesque, directed by Jonathan Lynn. Idle and Coltrane play Brian Hope and Charlie McManus, a pair of two-bit hoods who want to go straight, repulsed by the increasing reliance on guns and violence in their line of work. In thrall to vicious gangster Case Casey Robert Patterson, the duo determine that their next job will be their last. When a large amount of money is extracted from a gang of Hong Kong drug dealers and it falls into the laps of Brian and Charlie, the two take off with the loot, with the Chinese Triad and Casey in relentless pursuit. When their car runs out of gas in front of a convent, Brian and Charlie run inside and disguise themselves as two of the ugliest nuns imaginable. Inside the convent, Brian and Charlie pass themselves off as nuns from a different order, assigned to the convent before leaving the country on missionary work. As the two men enjoy their undercover work with a collection of nubile nuns and coeds, the bad guys close in on their trail.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 tvs; Audio commentary with writer/director Jonathan Lynn; Making of featurette; Theatrical trailer; TV spots
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Nuns on the Run is just the type of madcap farce that Monty Python veteran Eric Idle would find fulfilling, and though it falls short of Python's wit in the dialogue department, it's a fairly diverting bit of silliness. Although it came out before the similar hit Sister Act, as well as Robbie Coltrane's other well-known religious fish-out-of-water comedy The Pope Must Die, Nuns on the Run nonetheless is pretty predictable in its set-ups and payoffs. Both actors address their roles with bug-eyed zest, but it would take a truly dim set of nuns with little mind for paperwork or procedure to accept these blokes as legitimate women and transfers from another order. Yes, they're sheltered from the world, but come on. But the 1990s were a decade of films featuring gangsters involved in ridiculous scenarios that tested their improvisational abilities, so one might say that Nuns on the Run was there from the start. As he proved in his directorial debut (Clue) and in subsequent efforts (Trial and Error, The Whole Nine Yards), Jonathan Lynn has a thing for plots involving talkative idiots running around like fools.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • UPC: 013131298192
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Idle Brian Hope
Robbie Coltrane Charlie McManus
Camille Coduri Faith
Janet Suzman Sister Superior
Doris Hare Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart
Tom Hickey Father Seamus
Lila Kaye Sister Mary of the Annunciation
Robert Patterson "Case" Casey
Robert Morgan Abbott
Winston Dennis Morley
Britt Morrow Hospital Receptionist
John Pythian Airport Policeman
Mary Selway
Wabei Slyolwe Julie
Colin Campbell Norm
Richard Simpson Mr. Norris
Nicholas Hewetson Louis
Gary Tang Ronnie Chang
David Forman Henry Ho
Nigel Fan Dwayne Lee
Ozzie Yue Ernie Wong
Tatiana Strauss Michelle
Helen FitzGerald Tracey
Stewart Harwood Faith's Father
Peter Geeves Faith's Brother
Irene Marot Hysterical Bank Manager
Louis Mellis Bank Security Guard
Craig Crosbie Policeman in Car Park
Fred Haggerty Gatekeeper
Michael Beint Bewildered Policeman
Tex Fuller Taxi Driver
Lee Simpson Policeman with Radio
Oliver Parker Doctor
Julie Graham Casino Waitress
Dan Hildebrand Casino Manager
Joanne Campbell Ward Nurse
Gedren Heller Chemist Shop Assistant
David Becalick Police Sergeant
Aran Bell Police Constable
Francine Walker Tied Up Nurse
Shirley Anne Selby Tied-up Nurse
Jennifer Hall Airport Ticket Girl
Technical Credits
Jonathan Lynn Director, Screenwriter
Boris Blank Songwriter
Simon Bosanquet Co-producer
Clinton Cavers Art Director
John Evans Special Effects
Siobhan Fahey Songwriter
Richard Feldman Songwriter
Frank Fitzpatrick Score Composer, Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Garfath Cinematographer
Gerald Gouriet Score Composer
Martin Grace Stunts
George Harrison Songwriter, Executive Producer
Pat Hay Makeup
Hidden Faces Score Composer
Simon Holland Production Designer
Eric Idle Screenwriter
Will Jennings Songwriter
David Kitay Score Composer, Songwriter
Marcy Levy Songwriter
Dave Martin Editor
Dieter Meier Songwriter
Michael White Producer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Robin O'Donoghue Musical Direction/Supervision
Teddy Randazzo Songwriter
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Mary Selway Casting
Steve Winwood Songwriter
Sue Yelland Costumes/Costume Designer
Yello Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Lunch Break (Main Titles) [4:17]
2. No Escape [7:26]
3. Falling [4:54]
4. Plot Within a Plot [5:11]
5. Sanctuary [9:15]
6. The Sisterhood [6:01]
7. Understanding the Religion [5:00]
8. Faith and Temptation [6:49]
9. Confession [6:38]
10. Where Is the Key? [4:56]
11. The Search Is On [5:11]
12. Rape! [4:38]
13. Finding Faith [4:07]
14. Nuns on the Run [11:29]
15. Nuns Into Nurses [3:23]
16. End Credits [2:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Commentary
         With Writer/Director Jonathan Lynn On
         With Writer/Director Jonathan Lynn Off
      Featurette
      Trailer
      TV Spots
         Spot #1
         Spot #2
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    Idle, Coltrane and Coduri make this film.

    Let's face it, this movie looks awful. Stupid title, stupid sounding premise, it really has nothing going for it. We want it to be horrible, we want it to be stupid. But you know what? It isn't. Nuns on the Run is quirky, original, and oddly touching. Idle and Coltrane are a perfect comic pair and, although they are criminals, we admire them as they try to break free from their life of crime. Coduri is also very clever as Brian's extremely near-sighted but kind Catholic girlfriend. The film is well done with music that's rarely out of place and often makes a scene. Basically, this film deserves a lot more credit than it's given. It's a charming and quite funny look at the Catholic church and criminals. Because, as Idle says in the film, 'If the church isn't selling anything then how did it become so rich?' If you're the type that protested Monty Python's Life of Brian because of religious reasons, then don't see this. Otherwise, this is a movie that will give you a good time.

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