I think sister act is fantastic! Whoopie Goldberg does a terrific job as playing sister Mary Clarence, but i think what makes the movie is Wendy Makkenna in playing sister Mary Robert. She has a fantastic voice and is entertaining, i love the way in which at the beginning she's shy then through gaining confidence in her singing she turns into a diva although through sister act and sister act 2 she's timid and very light hearted and this is what makes me love her more! Also the way in which she is easy to watch and is very pretty, so i think. Wendy Makkenna Mary Robert makes me want <more>
When I first watched Sister Act all those years ago 1993 I remember thinking to myself that it wasn't a great film, at that point in time I would have given it 4/10. However, on Sunday 13th March 2005 I noticed that Sister Act was on TV and because I wasn't doing a lot I decided to watch it and I'm glad I did because it was AWESOME... I thought that all the characters played off each other brilliantly, which made the film more enjoyable to watch.I believe that the best character is Sister Mary Robert Wendy Makkena because of the way she starts of shy and mousy but then gains <more>
confidant's through her AWESOME singing and blossoms into a more fun and upbeat character. I think that Mary Robert is very entertaining and easy to watch! I find myself watching the choir scenes over and over because Mary Robert's performances are just AWESOME! The combination of the characters, the music, the storyline and Mary Robert just make Sister Act an AWESOME smash hit comedy that should be seen at least once! 10/10
I just watched this again on video. It's been 13 years since this movie was released, and it is still hilarious...even though there must've been at least 6 screenwriters, this movie is still wittier than most comedies nowadays. Structurally, it moves at the right pace, and it's likely one of the best movies Paul Rudnick and Carrie Fisher didn't write! But certainly, thank God, for Scott Rudin and his taste and knack for getting movies like this made.Definitely, one of the most memorable movies of the 90s and one of the best comedies ever. And as an ensemble, one of the best <more>
cast movies ever--Maggie Smith was genius casting, Kathy Najimy, Wendy McKenna and other main characters couldn't have been better, and whatever confluence brought Whoopi Goldberg to this part instead of Bette Midler can only be deemed fate. It makes one wonder whether movies with all these corporate parents, bottom lines and marketing trickery nowadays will ever get back to a golden period of just being good.
TIDBIT - Bette Midler was the original choice for the lead in "Sister Act".That may have been cute a Jewish nun? but in choosing Whoopi, "Sister Act" gives itself a shot in the arm with an incomparable comic talent and insures every scene with Deloris/Mary Clarence is a highlight unto itself. After witnessing a Mob hit courtesy of her boyfriend Keitel , casino lounge singer Whoopi hightails it to her local police where a helpful cop Nunn puts her in the Witness Protection Program and before you can say "holy, holy, holy", sends her to the last place in the <more>
world anyone would think of finding a second-rate lounge singer. Once the church, nuns and choir music with a Motown beat are all introduced, things pick up steadily. All the nuns are funny especially Najimy as the eternally sunny Sister Mary Patrick and there are so many good scenes to be had thereafter the bar scene, the first choir practice, the blossoming of Sister Mary Robert Makkenna , etc. , that you can't help but smile, even if you're tired of nuns as a springboard for comedy. And there's something about the music: the gospel-tinged soul songs like "My God", "I Will Follow Him" and such lift your spirits and are infectious in their own right. The last scene in the movie is quite moving, truth be told, and lets you in on a secret... God moves in mysterious ways.Amen.Nine stars. These "Sister"s rock!
I loved Sister Act. I know Sister Act isn't a religious faith-based movie, but for a Hollywood mainstream feature, it had a sympathetic look at mainstream religion through Whoopi Goldberg's performance as lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier. The scene at the end where Harvey "The Piano" Keitel's character orders the execution of Deloris by his henchman, there was an in-depth calm of Deloris. For this scene alone Whoopi should have been nominated for an Oscar.Maggie "Downton Abbey" Smith also appears in Sister Act.
Goldberg Gold (by Melanie82-1)
I have no idea how long since I first watched this movie. Even though I generally lean towards drama and true crime rather than comedy, I fell in love with Sister Act and Whoopi Goldberg. Like her character, Deloris, I also enjoyed music from the 60s and enjoyed the opening act. When she was talked into hiding out at the convent, the action slowed down a little, though certain parts were funny, such as when she, and Sisters Mary Patrick and Mary Robert entered a bar. However, the action took off when she became head of the choir and introduced a bit of deep shoulder action to the nuns. Out of <more>
respect for those who still have not seen this movie, I won't say more about the contents. The DVD, which I bought in a set with the sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, it played beautifully with no pausing as sometimes happens. It was very easy to remove the disk from its holder and replace after viewing the disk. I enjoyed the brief look at how the movie was made in the special features, but unfortunately forget what it consisted of. I did feel it was worth watching before watching the movie. Whether you buy just Sister Act, or as a set with the sequel, it should tickle your funny bone.
A Great Movie, for a very different reason... (by spankymac)
This is, indeed, a comedy. It is mostly funny, though it won't have anybody rolling in the aisles. This movie is terrific, but not because of the acting or directing...what this movie does is demonstrate the possibility of positive change. If you allow yourself to suspend disbelief about certain aspects of the plot, you'll discover that you can relate to and understand the struggles the sisters go through. They are universal--every human being has been in some dysfunctional, stuck or dying organization. Everybody knows what it feels like, and everybody wishes that they could do <more>
something about it. I think every member of every church, synagogue, mosque, house of worship, civic organization, school, committee, and/or organization of any kind should be tied to a chair and made to watch this movie. It's a paean to possibility, and a wonderful encouragement to those who believe that life could be better than it is.
I enjoyed this when it came out, just as millions of other folks did. It had a nice feel to it, good humor, great music and it didn't offend my at-that-time agnostic beliefs. It even had some action scenes. Many movies which combine genres i.e. action and comedy wind up successes. It's not a bad formula.Although Whoopi Goldberg is the undeniable star of this movie, Kathy Najimy as "Sister Mary Patrick" almost steals the show as the bubbly nun. However, always a sucker for a pretty and wholesome face, I preferred Mary Wickes as "Sister Mary Lazarus." She had this <more>
shy countenance to her before blossoming with her voice. Maybe that's why she had the name Lazarus as her personality rose from the dead.Over the years, I watched this three times and that was enough. By the end of the decade, I was a died-in-the-wool Christian conservative, so the very liberal Miss Goldberg lost her appeal to me.
Whoopi Goldberg delivers a few laughs in this amusing little movie about a murder witness who gets hidden in a convent. (by schmimic)
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel The nineties were an interesting time for movies to be made. This is hardly a spectacular film, but it is certainly amusing, and there are far worse things you can waste your time on. Like cable.The plot of the movie is fairly basic. Delores VanCartier Goldberg is a lounge singer with a married lover who happens to be a drug dealer and other crime related stuff. Delores decides that she's going to leave Vince Keitel , but when she goes to give him back the jacket he gave her and say goodbye, she happens to walk in right as Vince is <more>
getting his goons to shoot his less than loyal limo driver. Oddly enough, Delores runs like the dickens, basically straight to the police station.Apparently it will take about two months for a trial date, so until that time, one of the officers hides Delores in a place that Vince would never look for her. A convent. Delores, an off colour black woman with a racy past, ends up pretending to be a nun. The Reverend Mother of the convent Smith is slightly less than thrilled at the prospect of having Delores stay with them, but the police do make a substantial donation to compensate them for their kindness.After a long period of not fitting in anywhere in the convent, the Reverend Mother finally decides to put Delores in the choir. Delores brings her musical talent to the table, and the once atrocious choir at the convent starts to get a little bit better. Then a lot better. Eventually they are ready to sing in mass, and when they do sing, the rest of the nuns just look back and forth at each other as if they can't believe their ears. You can almost hear the thoughts streaming through their minds: "THIS can NOT be the same choir!" But rather than just sing traditional hymns, Delores jazzes things up a little bit and puts some twists into a few old favorites. This doesn't exactly thrill the Reverend Mother, but since it does bring people from the streets into the mass services, she can hardly object.The convent gains popularity, the crowds start pouring in, and the once backwards convent starts to right itself, thanks to Delores. However, since there is a leak in the police station, Vince eventually finds out where Delores is hiding and goes to find her.The rest of the movie plays out in a fairly standard manner, but it still highly amusing. Like I said before, not an Academy Award winning flick, but a good way to kill an hour and a half without having to think too hard.Bottom Line: 3 out of 4 worth a look