Nuns on the Run (1990) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
5.7/ 10 (4684 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
HandMade Films [gb] - (presents)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 16 March 1990
(UK) - 4 May 1990
(Australia) - 7 June 1990
(West Germany) - 28 June 1990
(Sweden) - 29 June 1990

Running Time

The Story of an Immaculate Deception.

body-in-trunk, bra-and-panties, chase, convent, cross-dressing, crucifix, disguise, drugstore, escape, female-frontal-nudity, gangster, gender-disguise, hiding, independent-film, man-dressed-as-nun, modified-nuns-habit, mother-superior, nun, police, priest, razor, robbery, shooting, shower, towel,

Technical Support
CAM:J-D-C Cameras
LAB:Technicolor, London, UK
MET:2523 m - (Sweden)
OFM:35 mm - (Agfa-Gevaert)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Becalick, David as [Police Sergeant] <36>
  2. Beint, Michael as [Bewildered Policeman] <27>
  3. Bell, Aran (I) as [Police Constable] <37>
  4. Campbell, Colin (XI) as [Norm] <11>
  5. Coltrane, Robbie as (as Robbie Coltrane) (also as Charlie McManus) [Charlie McManus/Flight Attendant #2] <2>
  6. Crosbie, Craig as [Policeman in Car Park] <25>
  7. Dennis, Winston as [Morley] <9>
  8. Fan, Nigel as [Dwayne Lee] <16>
  9. Forman, David (I) as [Henry Ho] <15>
  10. Fuller, Tex as [Taxi Driver] <28>
  11. Geeves, Peter as [Faith's Brother] <22>
  12. Haggerty, Fred as [Gatekeeper] <26>
  13. Harwood, Stewart as [Faith's Father] <21>
  14. Hewetson, Nicholas as [Louis] <13>
  15. Hickey, Tom (I) as [Father Seamus] <10>
  16. Hildebrand, Dan as [Casino Manager] <32>
  17. Idle, Eric as (as Eric Idle) (as Brian Hope) [Brian Hope/Flight Attendant #1] <1>
  18. Mellis, Louis as [Bank Security Guard] <24>
  19. Morgan, Robert (VI) as [Abbott] <8>
  20. Parker, Oliver (I) as [Doctor] <30>
  21. Patterson, Robert (II) as ['Case' Casey] <7>
  22. Phythian, John as [Airport Policeman] <41>
  23. Simpson, Lee (I) as [Policeman with Radio] <29>
  24. Simpson, Richard (I) as [Mr. Norris] <12>
  25. Siyolwe, Wabei as [Julie] <19>
  26. Tang, Gary as [Ronnie Chang] <14>
  27. Yue, Ozzie as [Ernie Wong] <17>
  28. Anne, Carole as (uncredited) [Nude Girl in Shower Room]
  29. Campbell, Joanne (I) as [Ward Nurse] <33>
  30. Coduri, Camille as [Faith] <3>
  31. FitzGerald, Helen (I) as [Tracey] <20>
  32. Graham, Julie (I) as [Casino Waitress] <31>
  33. Hall, Jennifer (VI) as [Airport Ticket Girl] <40>
  34. Hare, Doris as [Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart] <5>
  35. Heller, Gedren as [Chemist Shop Assistant] <34>
  36. Horrow, Britt as [Hospital Receptionist] <35>
  37. Kaye, Lila as [Sister Mary of the Annunciation] <6>
  38. Marot, Irene as [Hysterical Bank Manageress] <23>
  39. Selby, Shirley Anne as [Tied-Up Nurse] <39>
  40. Strauss, Tatiana as [Michelle] <18>
  41. Suzman, Janet as [Sister Superior] <4>
  42. Walker, Francine as [Tied-Up Nurse] <38>


  1. Comedy
  2. Crime

Full Plot

Brian and Charlie (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B & C decide to steal the money for themselves, but when their escape doesn't go to plan, they have to seek refuge in a Nuns' teacher training school. Disguised as nuns, B & C have to avoid their boss, Triads, police and Brian's girlfriend. There's also the problem of them being men disguised as nuns in an all women institution. Rob Hartill Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Handmade Films GR: USD 10,959,015 (USA) SD: 10 April 1989 - ?

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
13 (Argentina)
G (Canada)(Quebec)
PA (Canada)(Manitoba)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
14 (Chile)
11 (Sweden)
12 (UK)(original rating)
15 (UK)(video rating)
PG-13 (USA)
A (Canada)(Nova Scotia)
M (Australia)

Music Composers

  1. Fitzpatrick, Frank (I) (as Hidden Faces)
  2. Hidden Faces
  3. Kitay, David (as Hidden Faces)


  1. Garfath, Michael

Dress Designers

  1. Yelland, Sue (as Susan Yelland)


20th Century Fox [gb] - (1990) (UK) (theatrical)
20th Century Fox of Germany [de] - (1990) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Anchor Bay Entertainment [us] - (2012) (USA) (DVD)
Sunfilm Entertainment [de] - (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation [us] - (1990) (USA) (theatrical)
Umbrella Entertainment [au] - (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
Umbrella Entertainment [au] - (2009) (Australia) (video) (VOD)
Union Générale Cinématographique (UGC) [fr] - (1990) (France) (theatrical)
Video Film Express [nl] - (2003) (Netherlands) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Martin, David (II)


  1. Agnew, Jonathan (I) (jobfit trainer)
  2. Agnew, Joss (jobfit trainee) (uncredited)
  3. Blues, Bobby (production accountant)
  4. Daubeny, Nick (location manager)
  5. Davis, Gordon (I) (assistant accountant)
  6. de Lord, Patsy (production coordinator)
  7. Dill, Diana (script supervisor)
  8. Goode, Sarah (assistant: Simon Bosanquet)
  9. Headlam, Caroline (assistant: Michael White)
  10. Hoey, Lynn (floor runner)
  11. Holding, Jacky (accounting assistant)
  12. Hubbard, Mark (I) (basketball advisor)
  13. Luke, Lorraine (I) (jobfit trainer)
  14. Lynn, Edward (V) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  15. Machin, Louise (I) (jobfit trainer)
  16. Morrison, Richard (I) (title designer) (uncredited)
  17. Robinson, Peter (VII) (production office runner)
  18. Shearon, Libby (unit publicist)
  19. Somner, Adam (assistant location manager)
  20. Thurston, Katrina (jobfit trainer)
  21. Tye, Li Chin (unit nurse)
  22. Watkins, Ron (I) (location assistant)
  23. Willis, Sandra (assistant: Jonathan Lynn)
  24. Wilson, Martyn (jobfit trainer)


Brian Hope/Sister Euphemia: God is very busy. He can't control all the details. He's running a franchise operation. Sister Superior: What happened to your arm? Faith: I'm not sure. I fell. Sister Superior: It looks like a bullet wound to me. Faith: How would you know? Sister Superior: I've seen bullet wounds. I've been a missionary. Faith: Where? Sister Superior: East L. A. Father Seamus: Tell me. Is celibacy just as difficult for a woman as it is for a man? Charlie McManus: I wouldn't know... I must come clean, though, I, I had a man in my bed last night. All night. You see, the way I see it, sex is allowed. Father Seamus: Ah, ha... ha! Charlie McManus: No. No, it's the doctrine of original sin. You see, we're all born sinful, except for Jesus who was perfect of course. And he was sent to save us. But how could he save us unless we're sinning? So we have to go on sinning in order to be saved and go to Heaven. That's how Christianity works. That's why it suits so many people. Brian Hope: Look Charlie, some con men sell life insurance. The church sells afterlife insurance. It's brilliant! Everyone thinks you might need it, and no one can prove you don't. Charlie McManus: The church isn't selling anything, Brian. Brian Hope: Oh! Well, if the church isn't selling anything how did it get to be so rich? Just remember, wherever there's a deep human need there's money to be made. Charlie McManus: You think so? Brian Hope: Of course, look at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Brian Hope: You shot Loui you asshole! Brian Hope: I thought you were supposed to be eating fish on a Friday. Charlie McManus: No, you're way out of date. Vatican II said we don't have to do that anymore. Brian Hope: Who's "Vatican II"? The deputy pope? Charlie McManus: Ignoramus. You can't have a deputy pope. The pope's infallible; you can't be deputy-infallible! Brian Hope: Explain the Trinity. Charlie McManus: Hmmm... well, it's a bit of a bugger. Charlie McManus: You've got the Father, the Son and the holy ghost. But the three are one - like a shamrock, my old priest used to say. "Three leaves, but one leaf." Now, the father sent down the son, who was love, and then when he went away, he sent down the holy spirit, who came down in the form of a... Brian Hope: You told me already - a ghost. Charlie McManus: No, a dove. Brian Hope: The dove was a ghost? Charlie McManus: No, the ghost was a dove. Brian Hope: Let me try and summarize this: God is his son. And his son is God. But his son moonlights as a holy ghost, a holy spirit, and a dove. And they all send each other, even though they're all one and the same thing. Charlie McManus: You've got it. You really could be a nun! Charlie McManus: [teaching Brian how to cross himself] Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch. Sister Superior: My Lord, thou hast always moved in mysterious ways thy wonders to perform, but this latest wonder takes some beating even from you. So what we want to say is thanks a million for sending us Euphemia and Inviolata. And keep an eye on them, won't you? They need you. Amen. Sister Superior: You stole money because you want to get *out* of organized crime? Brian Hope: Oh, it was stolen already. Charlie McManus: The important thing is that now the good guys have got it instead of the bad guys. Brian Hope: Yeah. It's like Robin Hood, you see? We stole from the rich to give to the poor. Sister Superior: Who are you going to give this money to? Brian Hope: Us. We're poor. Brian Hope/Sister Euphemia: Does the Trinity make any sense to you? Charlie McManus: Oh, no. No, it makes no sense to anyone. That's why you have to believe it. That's why you have to have faith. If it made sense, it wouldn't have to be a religion, would it? [a Trinity board on the wall falls on Charlie's head] [Sister Mary catches Brian and Charlie sneaking into her room] Sister Mary of the Annunciation: Rape! RAPE! MEN! [Sister Mary briefly sees shaving gear in Sister Inviolata/Charlie's hand. Charlie quickly hides it] Sister Mary of the Annunciation: You know, I saw two men last night. Sister Inviolata: Oh, I'm sure it was just a nightmare. Sister Mary of the Annunciation: Yes, but... was it real? Hmm, your face. [Touches his face, then squeezes it] Sister Mary of the Annunciation: It's all stubby! You've got a beard! You're a man!

Other Titles

  1. Nonnen auf der Flucht (1990) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  2. Suore in fuga (1990) (ENG)

  3. Nonnen auf der Flucht (1990) (GER)

  4. Suore in fuga (1990) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, England, UK - (car chase)
  2. Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London, England, UK - (Wembley Stadium)
  3. Culross Building, Cheney Road, St. Pancras, London, England, UK - (collapsing drainpipe outside flat)
  4. German Hospital, Ritson Road, Hackney, London, England, UK - (Hospital interiors)
  5. Gerrard Street, Chinatown, Soho, London, England, UK - (Chinatown scenes)
  6. Lee International Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  7. Old Town Hall, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, England, UK - (bank)
  8. Putney Hospital, Putney, London, England, UK - (Hospital exteriors)
  9. St Michael's and All Angels Church, Priory Avenue, Chiswick, London, England, UK - (convent exteriors)
  10. United States International University, Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, UK - (convent interiors)


- Case Casey, the British gangster, is watching _The Long Good Friday (1980)_ (qv).

- Corinthians 13:13 in the King James Bible says, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." The three principal characters are named Faith (Thomas), Brian Hope, and "Charlie" McMannus (and the greatest of these is Charlie).

- Brian is from London and Charlie is from Liverpool. In the Japanese subtitled version, Brian's dialogue is subtitled in Tokyo dialect and Charlie's in Osaka dialect.

- 'Michael Palin' (qv) was offered the role of Charlie McManus but was unavailable due to other work commitments.