Nuns On The Run [DVD]
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Charlie and Brian (Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle) are two conmen who want to go straight but need one last heist to finance a life in Rio. However, their plans go awry when their getaway car breaks down in front of a convent. Pursued by the gang from whom they stole the money, they bluff their way into the convent and make a startling transformation - into Sisters Euphemia and Inviolata.
You'll finding yourself rooting for this movie to take off in a sustained flight of comic inspiration, but it seldom does. It's too bad that it doesn't, given the casting, because both leads (Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane) are capable of extreme funniness. Idle and Coltrane play a couple of low-level crooks who decide to get a piece of the action for themselves and abscond with the loot from a big score. But they're discovered before they can getaway and their only avenue of egress is into a convent. So they don habits and hide out by pretending to be nuns, teaching parochial school to budding young girls. Now think about the possibilities in that premise and anything you can think of is in the film (though Coltrane remains one of the funniest men alive). --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
There is an informative Commentary by Writer/Director Jonathan Lynn, he come across as though he enjoyed making this film despite production problems.
Idle and Coltrane are on top form in this latter day ealing comedy. A good laugh from a great cast, the nuns shine and the "Lets seen 'em" weapons gag is a classic and the bewildered police/gangster (We don't know) is a wonderful display of cluelessness.
All in all not as good a the classic ealing of the Ladykillers or Kind Hearts and Coronets but nevertheless a good fun and sometimes overlooked British Comedy. I would recommend it to you.
The game is an inverse of hunting style games like Scotland Yard. Normally in hunting games, one player moves around in secret on the board and the other players try to discover where they are and capture them. In Nuns On The Run, the players are all naughty novices running around the convent in the middle of the night. They move in secret and one player runs two nuns, who patrol the convent and try to capture the novices. Each novice has a secret wish behind a locked door that they must collect. Things like cake, or love letters or brandy. So they first have to get a key and then get their wish and then get home first to win. This is not easy to achieve in time.
The player running the two nuns moves them on pathways, but if they get a clue that a novice is running around, the nuns can deviate and chase the novice. If they catch the wicked wicked child, the novice must go and get their wish again (they never lose their key after getting it). The Nuns win if they catch enough novices, or a novices fails to win after 15 turns in the game.
The board shows the convent with lots of pathways between rooms and loads of numbered spaces. The novices have cards they use to show how many places they've moved, but write down their location in secret on little sheets of paper.Read more ›
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