Nasty Habits


(out of 5)

The makings of what should have been a winning classic somehow fail to measure up in this forgettable comedy. When the Mother Superior of a convent ( in her final screen role) dies just seconds before signing her name to the document that will decide her successor, a bidding war for the position begins that sees ambitious sister sparring it out with world-traveling do-gooder nun . and are among the skirted soldiers enlisted to the cause of this war of succession in a film whose satire means to lampoon the Watergate scandal but does so in such a dull and unintelligent way that its allegory is ineffective. It says a lot about Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s lifeless direction that all of these superb actresses give amateurish performances that would barely pass muster in a bad television movie. Feel free to skip this one.

Bowden Productions Limited

United Kingdom/USA, 1977 

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel The Abbess of Crewe by

Cinematography by

Produced by Robert Enders

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

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