Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1959. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on the book by Kathryn Hulme. Cinematography by Franz Planer. Produced by Henry Blanke. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner. Costume Design by Marjorie Best. Film Editing by Walter Thompson.
Audrey Hepburn gives one of her most powerful performances in this highly respectable drama about a nun whose personal ambitions conflict with her desire to stay with her order. Excelling in her medical studies, she is sent to the Belgian Congo to work in a hospital beside a gruff, disrespectful doctor (Peter Finch) with whom she becomes good friends. The photography (mostly on location) is superb, but the high-mindedness of the project mostly robs it of any dramatic tension. Still, as crowd-pleasing religious dramas go, it’s one of the most memorable.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn); Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography-Colour; Best Film Editing; Best Sound; Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Actress-Drama (Audrey Hepburn); Best Supporting Actress (Edith Evans); Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Film Promoting International Understanding; Outstanding Merit