Nuns on the Run is a story of two old fashioned gangsters, Charlie & Brian who are fed up with the increasingly violent nature of their business. They decide to retire from it after a bungled robbery in which a fellow robber is killed by accident.
However after seeing their gang boss kill a mechanic who fixes up stolen cars, because he wanted to leave the firm they decide to flee, after setting up their gang boss with a robbery on a triad drug gang. Predictably the set up goes wrong and soon leaves Charlie & Brian forced to hide from both the Triads, and Casey their rather violent former boss. The only place they can find to hide, a nunnery. Charlie & Brian soon become Sisters Inviolata & Euphemia to hide them until they can escape. However Brian is in love, and won’t leave without his girlfriend Faith, who is being hunted by the Triads and Casey as a link to Brian & Charlie.
Nuns on the Run has to be one of the funniest films of the early 1990s, and a masterstroke combining Robbie Coltrane & Eric Idle together for this happy caper. Many people remember Coltrane as the tough forensic psychologist “Fitz” in the TV series Cracker, or more recently as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. However in Nuns on the Run, his characters serious efforts to be a nun show what a talented comedy performer Coltrane is, and how he made his name in TV.
A film of sharp and extremely funny dialogue, a great sound track by Yello and action packed if not slightly predictable as calamities come the way of our two “nuns” as they try to blend in, and to also make their escape.
A great film from start to finish, and one I can watch over and over again.