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The Nun's Story (1959) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Fred Zinnemann and Henry Blanke.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressAudrey HepburnNominated
Best CinematographyFranz PlanerNominated
Best DirectorFred ZinnemannNominated
Best Film EditingWalter ThompsonNominated
Best Music - ScoringFranz WaxmanNominated
Best PictureHenry Blanke, ProducerNominated
Best WritingRobert AndersonNominated
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[after a nun has been beaten to death by a crazed native]
Illunga: If such a death happened with us, Mama Luke, we would tie the murderer to a pole and cut his body for fish bait.
Sister Luke: But we would not. We have been taught to forgive.


Sister Luke: You can cheat your sisters, but you cannot cheat yourself or God.
Rev. Mother Emmanuel: Have you struggled long enough to say surely that you've come to the end?
Sister Luke: I think I've been struggling all these years, Reverend Mother. In the beginning each struggle seemed different from the one before it. But then they began to repeat, and I saw they all had the same core: obedience. Without question, without inner murmuring. Perfect obedience as Christ practiced it. As I no longer can.
Rev. Mother Emmanuel: Yes?
Sister Luke: There are times when my conscience asks which has priority. It or the Holy Rule? When the bell calls me to chapel, I often have to sacrifice what might be the decisive moment in a spiritual talk with a patient. I'm late every day for chapel or refectory or both. When I have night duty I break the Grand Silence because I can no longer cut short a talk with a patient who seems to need me. Mother, why must God's helpers be struck dumb by five bells in the very hours when men in trouble want to talk about their souls?


[kneeling in prayer after offering to help the Belgian Underground]
Sister Luke: Dear Lord, forgive me, I cannot obey anymore. What I do from now on is between You and me alone.


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A patient in the Congo hospital has lines in just one scene; when it was necessary to dub over his line, it was spoken by Dean Jagger.
The film was based on the novel of the same name, that told the story of the real-life "Sister Luke," Marie-Louise Habets. In the film, Audrey Hepburn's sisters (siblings) were named Marie and Louise.
An often-reported legend surrounding this movie is the story that Audrey Hepburn demanded a bidet be provided for her on location in the Congo. Hepburn always denied this, wondering how such an extravagance could even be hooked up in the Congo.
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