Rating: G
Length: 149 mins
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans

THE NUN’S STORY was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn), Best Cinematography, Color, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Picture, Best Sound (George Groves) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

It was a major box office success in its day. Produced on a budget of $3.5 million, it grossed $12.8 million at the domestic box office, earning $6.3 million in US theatrical rentals. The Nun’s Story was considered, for a time, to be the most financially successful of Hepburn’s films and the one the actress often cited as her favourite. Hepburn met Marie-Louise Habets while preparing for the role, and Habets later helped nurse Hepburn back to health following her near-fatal horse-riding accident on the set of the 1960 film The Unforgiven.

Stars Audrey Hepburn in her favourite role with Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger, Mildred Dunnock and Colleen Dewhurst.

“Fred Zinnemann’s production is a soaring and luminous film. Audrey Hepburn has her most demanding film role, and she gives her finest performance. Despite the seriousness of the underlying theme, this film has the elements of absorbing drama, pathos, humor, and a gallery of memorable scenes and characters.” VARIETY.

“Miss Hepburn is fluent and luminous. From her eyes and her eloquent expressions emerge a character that is warm and involved. an equally amazing motion picture of an extraordinary dedicated life. ” NEW YORK TIMES.

“A superbly restrained piece of filmmaking, with Zinnemann directing in simple, unadorned style and Hepburn giving a truly radiant performance.” TV GUIDE.

“Kathryn C Hulme’s popular novel here makes a magnificent vehicle for the luminous Audrey Hepburn, who plays a young Belgian girl battling with her conscience and wondering if she is truly cut out for her religious calling. Hepburn is a marvel. This is arguably director Fred Zinnemann’s finest movie; it gained eight nominations, but no Oscars, in the year of Ben-Hur. Unjust, really, as you watch Franz Planer’s superb photography, listen to Franz Waxman’s haunting score and wonder to what greater heights popular cinema can aspire.” RADIO TIMES.

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