Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
This tune-filled Disney comedy came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest hits of the year. Whoopi Goldberg is marvelous as a lounge singer and mobster’s girlfriend who needs help from the police to hide out after she sees her boyfriend (Harvey Keitel) bump off a couple of his stooges. The police hide her in a local convent run by a stern Mother Superior (Maggie Smith), and it’s not long before she turns the church’s tone-deaf choir into a Motown-savvy rock group. Lots of delights and surprises abound, particularly in supporting performances by Mary Wickes, Wendy Makkena, and Kathy Najimy as fellow habit-wearers, topped off by a fantastic soundtrack.
Screenplay by Joseph Howard.
Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.
Produced by Teri Schwartz.
Music by Marc Shaiman.
Production Design by Jackson De Govia.
Costume Design by Molly Maginnis.