Based upon the 1956 novel of the same title by Kathryn Hulme, the story tells of the life of Sister Luke (played by Audrey Hepburn), a young Belgian woman who decides to enter a convent and makes many of the sacrifices required of her, but at the outset of World War II, finds she cannot remain neutral in the face of the abject evil of Hitler's Germany. The book was based upon the life of Marie-Louise Habets, a Belgian nurse who similarly spent time as a nun.
A major portion of the film takes place in the Belgian Congo where Sister Luke assists Dr. Fortunati (Peter Finch) in helping treat the lepers of the area.
The Nun's Story (1959) TRAILER
The Singing Nun is a 1966 semi-biographical film about the life of Jeanine Deckers, a nun who recorded the chart-topping hit song "Dominique". It starred Debbie Reynolds in the title role. The rest of the cast included Ricardo Montalban, Greer Garson, Agnes Moorehead, Chad Everett, Katharine Ross and Ed Sullivan (as himself). It was the last film directed by Henry Koster.
Harry Sukman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment.