The Trouble with Angels (1966)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Family

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Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior (Rosalind Russell) and her staff of bewildered Sisters.




  • June Harding and Rosalind Russell in The Trouble with Angels (1966)
  • Hayley Mills and June Harding in The Trouble with Angels (1966)
  • June Harding in The Trouble with Angels (1966)
  • Hayley Mills in The Trouble with Angels (1966)
  • Hayley Mills in The Trouble with Angels (1966)
  • Rosalind Russell in The Trouble with Angels (1966)

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13 December 2006 | tjw-9
| A surprisingly moving film
"The Trouble With Angels" starts out as a fairly standard Hayley Mills teen comedy. She and June Harding play the roles of two reluctant students at St. Francis, a Catholic school run by nuns. Rosalind Russell is excellent in the role of Mother Superior as is the rest of the cast.

The story is fairly simple so there isn't much to say about it. The girls are rebellious and play many pranks on the sisters, but gradually, as the movie progresses and the girls reach their final year at St. Francis it transitions gently and believably into a very touching and poignantly bittersweet ending. It never fails to get to me emotionally.

I'm a sucker for a good tear-jerker and in terms of sheer lachrymosity this one rates right up there with "My Dog Skip", "The Return of the King", "The Bishop's Wife", "It's a Wonderful Life", "Born Free" and "The Family Way" and the final episode of "The Flame Trees of Thika" (the last two also starring Hayley Mills). Something about kids and animals and saying goodbye - it always starts the waterworks going for me.

The secret, as always, is to create characters that you really get to know and care about. It also helps to have good music and Jerry Goldsmith wrote a very memorable score for this film.

I highly recommended this movie for kids who haven't yet been jaded by the rubbish that Hollywood produces these days.

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