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Agnes of God Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

This Broadway hit gets a solid film treatment by director Norman Jewison, but that can't make up for the weaknesses of the script (which were as true onstage as they are here). Jane Fonda plays a chain-smoking shrink sent to a convent to do a psychological evaluation of a novice (Meg Tilly) who gave birth to a baby and then killed it in her little room. Was it a virgin birth? A miracle? And what of the bloody stigmata that seem to spontaneously appear on her hands? Fonda also finds herself clashing with the Mother Superior (Anne Bancroft) over the line between faith and science. But writer John Pielmeier can't flesh this out beyond an idea; in the end, the solution is a disappointingly earthbound one that even the strong acting in this film can't elevate.

Academy Awards

Agnes of God received Academy Awards nominations for Actress (Anne Bancroft), Supporting Actress (Meg Tilly), and for Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Score: Georges Delerue) .

 

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Director: Norman Jewison

Stars: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly, Anne Pitoniak, Winston Reckert, Gratien Gelinas

Released: September 13, 1985

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