We're No Angels (1989 film)

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We're No Angels
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Neil Jordan
Produced by Art Linson
Written by David Mamet
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Edited by Mick Audsley
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
December 15, 1989
Running time
101 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $10,555,348 US

We're No Angels is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Demi Moore. This was Jordan's last film to receive a PG-13 rating by the MPAA, until Ondine in 2009.


A couple of 1930s Great Depression-era convicts, Ned and Jim, jailed on never-specified charges and abused by a ruthless warden, are dragged along when a vicious killer named Bobby escapes the electric chair.

The two end up in a small upstate New York town near the Canada–US border, where they are mistaken for a pair of priests expected at the local monastery. They want to flee but cannot, since misunderstandings and the warden's search party looking for Bobby make a trip across the bridge to Canada almost impossible.

Ned and Jim continue to masquerade as priests, trusted and welcomed by Father Levesque. An opportunity presents itself in the form of a procession to the church's sister church across the border. Each priest participating has to bring along someone who needs help, so they decide on the deaf-mute daughter of Molly, a local laundress and prostitute.[1]

Bobby is killed by police during the procession. Ned saves Molly's daughter from drowning, after this event she is able to speak. Jim is befriended by a young monk and decides to stay in the monastery to actually become a priest. Ned takes Molly and her daughter to Canada.



The movie gained mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes sampled 19 reviewers and judged 47% of the reviews to be positive, with an average score of 5.[2]

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at #8 at the United States box office.[3] It was similarly unsuccessful on home video.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Romans (2013), an unofficial remake in Malayalam (India) language, written by YV Rajesh.
  • The Lizard (2004), an Iranian comedy drama film directed by Kamal Tabrizi.


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