Like Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in the Billy Wilder classic Some Like It Hot, Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane are motivated by fear for their lives to dress in women's garb. New pic has rival British and Chinese gangs trying to recover two suitcases full of illicit cash.

Like Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in the Billy Wilder classic Some Like It Hot, Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane are motivated by fear for their lives to dress in women’s garb. New pic has rival British and Chinese gangs trying to recover two suitcases full of illicit cash.

Idle and Coltrane make a wonderful pair of dumbbells, both in and out of their habits. Both are oddly believable as nuns, even while writer/director Jonathan Lynn mines all the expected comic benefits of drag humor.

Idle and Coltrane are a lookout and a getaway driver for believable nasty London crime lord Robert Patterson. Their desire to escape their surroundings and the lure of easy cash backfire ominously, and they take refuge in a convent school run by Janet Suzman.

The constant double entendres are done with wit and the slapstick is mostly agreeable and efficiently directed, although the sight gags about Camille Coduri’s extreme myopia are pushed a little far on occasion. Coduri otherwise is sweet and endearing in the Marilyn Monroe part.

Nuns on the Run

UK

Production

HandMade. Director Jonathan Lynn; Producer Michael White; Screenplay Jonathan Lynn; Camera Michael Garfath; Editor David Martin; Music Yello, Hidden Faces; Art Director Simon Holland

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Eric Idle Robbie Coltrane Camille Coduri Janet Suzman Doris Hare Tom Hickey
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