The Nun's Story

The Nun's Story

Audrey Hepburn
Director: Fred Zinnemann Cast: Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
, Peter Finch
Peter Finch
, Edith Evans
Edith Evans
Fred Zinnemann

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
UPC: 0012569739864
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:32:00
Sales rank: 7,447

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; English and French languages; English, French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Patricia Bosworth Simone
Colleen Dewhurst Archangel
Stephen Murray Chaplain
Lionel Jeffries Dr. Goovaerts
Niall MacGinnis Father Vermeuhlen
Dorothy Alison Sister Aurelie
Giovanna Galletti Actor
Penelope Horner Jeannette Milonet
Errol John Illunga
Eva Kotthaus Sister Marie
Diana Lambert Lisa
Orlando Martins Kalulu
Ave Ninchi Sister Bernard
Richard O'Sullivan Pierre Van Der Mal
Frank Singuineau Actor
Jeannette Sterke Louise Van Der Mal
Molly Urquhart Sister Augustine
Charles Lamb Pascin
Franz Waxman Conductor

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Robert Anderson Screenwriter
Maurice Barnathan Set Decoration/Design
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Alberto de Rossi Makeup
George Groves Sound/Sound Designer
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Walter Thompson Editor
Alexandre Trauner Art Director
Franz Waxman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Nun's Story
1. Credits [2:44]
2. Family Farewells [3:55]
3. Father's Blessing [4:53]
4. Grand Silence [4:49]
5. Instruction [3:28]
6. Perfect Nun [3:38]
7. Obedience, Maturity... [4:31]
8. Investiture to the Novitiate [7:47]
9. Flowers for the Novice [1:29]
10. Mea Culpa [4:40]
11. Departure [1:20]
12. Taking the Habit [2:50]
13. Tropical Medicine [3:14]
14. Do Good and Disappear [3:52]
15. Next Assignment [2:43]
16. Mental Sanitorium [5:22]
17. Attacked by Archangel [3:16]
18. No Resting Place [2:14]
19. Final Vows [:14]
20. Bound for the Congo [:46]
21. Mother Mathilde [5:36]
22. About the Doctor [5:56]
23. Dr. Fortunati [3:21]
24. Notoriety [4:22]
25. Fr. Andre; Tension [2:52]
26. Leper Colony [4:51]
27. Worldly Nun's Diagnosis [4:17]
28. Recovery [6:54]
29. Christmas Convert? [4:44]
30. Death in the Dispensary [1:16]
31. Christmas Mass [3:21]
32. Transfer to Belgium [1:56]
33. Mother House [5:00]
34. War [5:16]
35. Between Us [3:40]
36. Tragic News [2:58]
37. No Longer a Nun [2:23]
38. More Important [2:45]
39. Released [4:32]
40. Out Into the World [3:23]

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