(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 (Edith Evans 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 Glenda Jackson sparring it out with world-traveling do-gooder nun Melina Mercouri. Geraldine Page and Anne Meara 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.
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe
Produced by Robert Enders
Music by John Cameron
Production Design by Robert Jones
Film Editing by Peter Tanner