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Nuns on the Run

Nuns on the Run is a 1990 British comedy film, starring Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle. It was written and directed by Jonathan Lynn and produced by Handmade Films. Music composed and performed by Yello.


The plot, set in London, concerns two middle-aged petty criminals, Charlie and Brian, who are about to part company with their gang because they dislike violence. By a farcical turn of events, they end up with the loot from their last job and the rest of the gang on their tail. The only place they can find to hide is a convent, which also houses a teacher training college, and they dress up as nuns and pretend to be new teachers.

Much of the comedy comes from Charlie's efforts to teach Brian how to behave like a Catholic, and by both men's attempts not to be distracted by the presence of so many teenage girls. Meanwhile, Brian has fallen for the extremely short-sighted Faith Thomas (Camille Coduri) who attempts to help them escape from their pursuers.

They escape to the airport dressed as nurses, but the police are in pursuit. The film ends with a puzzled Faith sitting in a first class seat, on her way to Rio with the briefcase of money next to her, looking disappointed at the loss of her two companions. She is then offered some champage and caviar - by Brian and Charlie, now dressed as female airline stewardesses.



  • Many of the outdoor scenes were shot in Chiswick.

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