The Nun's StoryDirector: Fred Zinnemann, Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans
Audrey Hepburn stars in The Nun's Story as Sister Luke, postulant of a Belgian order of nuns. Though frequently disillusioned in her efforts to spread good will -- at one point she is nearly killed by a mental patient (Colleen Dewhurst) -- Sister Luke perseveres. Sent as a nurse to the Belgian Congo, an assignment she'd been hoping for, Sister Luke is disappointed to learn that she will not be ministering to the natives but to European patients. Through the example of no-nonsense chief surgeon Peter Finch, the nun sheds her idealism and becomes a diligent worker -- so much so that she contracts tuberculosis. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Sister Luke tries to honor the edicts of her order and not take sides, but this becomes impossible when her father (Dean Jagger) is killed by the Nazis. Realizing that she cannot remain true to her vows, Sister Luke leaves the order and returns to "civilian" life. The Nun's Story ends with a long, silent sequence in which Sister Luke divests herself of her religious robes, dons street garb, and walks out to an uncertain future. There is no background music: director Fred Zinnemann decided that "triumphant" music would indicate that Sister Luke's decision was the right one, while "tragic" music would suggest that she is doing wrong. Rather than make an editorial comment, the director decided against music, allowing the audience members to fill in the blanks themselves. The Nun's Story is based on the book by Kathryn Hulme, whose depiction of convent life was a lot harsher and more judgmental than anything seen in the film.
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Cast & Crew
|Audrey Hepburn||Gabrielle Van Der Mal|
|Peter Finch||Dr. Fortunate|
|Edith Evans||Mother Emmanuel Superior General|
|Peggy Ashcroft||Mother Mathilde|
|Dean Jagger||Dr. Van Der Mal|
|Mildred Dunnock||Sister Margharita|
|Beatrice Straight||Mother Christophe|
|Patricia Collinge||Sister William|
|Rosalie Crutchley||Sister Eleanor|
|Ruth White||Mother Marcella|
|Barbara O'Neil||Mother Katherine|
|Margaret Phillips||Sister Pauline|
|Lionel Jeffries||Dr. Goovaerts|
|Niall MacGinnis||Father Vermeuhlen|
|Dorothy Alison||Sister Aurelie|
|Penelope Horner||Jeannette Milonet|
|Eva Kotthaus||Sister Marie|
|Ave Ninchi||Sister Bernard|
|Richard O'Sullivan||Pierre Van Der Mal|
|Jeannette Sterke||Louise Van Der Mal|
|Molly Urquhart||Sister Augustine|
|Maurice Barnathan||Set Decoration/Design|
|Marjorie Best||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Alberto de Rossi||Makeup|
|George Groves||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Alexandre Trauner||Art Director|
|Franz Waxman||Score Composer|
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I love Audrey Hepburn and I really, really enjoyed the movie. Love the story, I found it well performed and it held my interest throughout the entire movie.
Audrey Hepburn does a wonderful job in this movie portraying a girl who becomes a nun so that she can help people. This is the only way that she can think of to be the kind of nurse that she wants to be. She is a very strong character.
I always found this to be an interesting film; but only recently have I realized how good it truly is. The performances are uniformly outstanding, with special mention of Peter Finch as the somewhat irreverant doctor who adds a needed portion of humor to the story. Audrey Hepburn is, as always, marvelous in what would seem to be a difficult role. Zinnemann has done it again!
Audrey Hepburn, will live on she is timeless and will never be forgotten for her contribution in the actors guild. Audrey Hepburn has always given her best in all her movie classic's. Another suspense filled classic of all time is Wait Until Dark. She also portraid the lovely Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady. She is an inspriation to all actors her contribution will live on.
This is a very different sort of role for audrey hepburn. all the actors were very convincing and audrey's performance gave me a numbing sadness. as a huge audey hepburn fan, it is good for a change for her to do something different. cuz life isnt always le vie en rose. (pardon my lack of french)
Audrey Hepburn shined in this brilliant portrayal of the movie the nun's story. As always her bright eyes dazzled us once again.