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Nasty Habits (1977)





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An all-star female cast (Glenda Jackson, Melina Mecouri, Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis, Anne Jackson, Anne Meara, and Dame Edith Evans) enliven this satirical treatment of the Nixon Watergate scandal, Nasty Habits -- based on Muriel Sparks's novella The Abbess of Crewe. When a dying abbess (Dame Edith Evans) of a Pennsylvania convent is ready to name Sister Alexandra (Glenda Jackson) as her successor, Sister Alexandra and her two flunkies (Sandy Dennis and Anne Jackson) try to get the abbess to sign a document of intent. But their plans are dashed when liberal Sister Felicity (Susan Penhaligon) arrives and wants to change the institution. Her arrival delays the signing of the document of intent, and before the abbess can sign the paper she dies.Now the job of running the convent is up for grabs, with Sister Alexandra employing Nixon-like techniques of surveillance and dirty tricks to get the goods on Sister Felicity.


Glenda Jackson
as Alexandra
Sandy Dennis
as Winifred
Anne Jackson
as Mildred
Anne Meara
as Geraldine
Edith Evans
as Hildegarde
Jerry Stiller
as P.R. Priest
Rip Torn
as Maximilian
Eli Wallach
as Monsignor
Suzanne Stone
as Bathildis
Shane Rimmer
as Officer
Harry Ditson
as Ambrose
Oliver Maguire
as Policeman
Bill Reimbold
as Bishop's Secretary
Mike Douglas
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Nasty Habits

All Critics (4)

Nasty Habits could easily have been a constant joy instead of being merely an intermittent one.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The bad taste here doesn't work because, (a), the director cannot direct comedy and (b), he script isn't funny, only the premise, and that's too outdated.

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Nasty Habits is both too cute, a radical-chic Going My Way, and too timid.

October 23, 2015 | Full Review…

This comic tale about corruption in pious places packs a lively moral wallop!

January 23, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nasty Habits


This strangely forgotten film is a wonderful satire of the then-fresh Watergate scandal. The Nixon administration's misdeeds are transported to a nunnery, in which the contentious election of a new abbess leads to bugged rooms and a strategic burglary that erupts into public scandal. Glenda Jackson is typically flawless as the ice-cold veteran who pulls the strings, but the stellar cast also includes Geraldine Page, Anne Meara, Sandy Dennis (hilarious as an oblivious dimwit) and Eli Wallach. The pious should be forewarned, however: These nuns are hardly filled with loving reverence. They conspire, smoke, curse and even have sex. Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg had been working in British television in the years preceding "Nasty Habits," but he probably learned something about internal power struggles from his previous feature: the infamous Beatles documentary "Let It Be."

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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