Nasty Habits (1976)

The nuns of a convent show a penchant for dirty tricks and thoroughly bad behaviour when a contest for the top job at their Philadelphia convent hots up following the death of the abbess, in this satirical comedy starring Glenda Jackson and Melina Mercouri.

nastyhabits_001

As the nuns smoke, drink, swear and cheat their way to the ballot, it gradually becomes apparent that the events are mimicking those of the Watergate scandal. Few people today though will appreciate the political references.

This is an appropriate title for a mildly sacrilegious comedy, based on the novel The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark.

Sister Alexandra
Glenda Jackson
Sister Gertrude
Melina Mercouri
Sister Walburga
Geraldine Page
Sister Winifred
Sandy Dennis
Sister Mildred
Anne Jackson
Sister Geraldine
Anne Meara
Sister Felicity
Susan Penhaligon

Director
Michael Lindsay-Hogg