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TCM Movie of the Week: The Nun’s Story (1959)

The Nun's Story

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Airing on TCM: Saturday, January 30th @ 7:00 pm CT.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Robert Anderson (screenplay), Kathyrn Hulme (book)
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: July 18, 1959
Runtime: 149 minutes

Trailer:

Smith’s Sentiment: If you read my latest feature, The Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films, you’d know that I enjoyed The Nun’s Story enough to put it at number five on the list.

It’s a wonderful drama and arguably Audrey’s finest performance.

Instead of yammering on about it though, I’ll just quote from the Top 5 Countdown feature:

For whatever reason, “The Nun’s Story” seems to be one of the more underrated Hepburn movies for a lot of people today despite the fact that it was quite successful during its release.

Perhaps because it’s a drama and her more popular films were always romantic comedies (and a couple of musicals too). It may be a tad too long as well at almost two and a half hours.

Still, I think Audrey’s performance as Sister Luke is one of her best.

It’s a powerful movie, and one that certainly isn’t as “fun” as the next few on the list.

If you haven’t seen this film, based on a novel of the same name which in turn is based on a true story, then you should do so.

The Nun’s Story airs Saturday, January 30th at 7pm CT on TCM.

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I'm Gary Smith, aka "PatriotPaine." I'm the Editor-in-Chief of VortexEffect.net. I'm usually posting news and reviews, and doing all the back end stuff as well. I like to play games, watch movies, wrestling, and college football (Roll Tide Roll).

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