The Elvis Encyclopedia (David E. Stanley and Frank Coffey)
Elvis (by William Allen)
Set of "Change of Habit"
May 23, 2002
Producer: Joe Connelly
Director: William Graham
Screenplay: James Lee, S.S. Schweitzer, Eric Bercovici
Makeup: Bud Westmore
Running Time: 93 minutes
Opened: November 10, 1969
Stats: #17 Variety's list of top-grossing films
Dr. John Carpenter Elvis Presley
Sister Michelle Mary Tyler Moore
Sister Irene Barbara McNair
Sister Barbara Jane Elliot
Mother Joseph Leora Dana
Lieutenant Moretti Edward Asner
The Banker Robert Emhardt
Father Gibbons Regis Toomey
Bishop Finley Richard Carlson
Young Man A. Martinez
Songs: "Change of Habit", "Rubberneckin'", "Have a happy", "Let Us Pray"
Dr. John Carpenter (Elvis), a physician working in an urban ghetto, comes into contact with three nuns, Sister Michelle, Sister Irene and Sister Barbara, who have moved into the neighborhood to gain experience in the real world before taking their final vows. They move into the roughest part of town and keep their true identities secret. They do, however, report to the old-fashioned priest, Father Gibbons, who is upset by their unconventional dress, informal manners and uninhibited fun.
Dr. Carpenter finds himself attracted to Sister Michelle and, unaware of her commitment to the church, is confused by her seeming lack of interest in him. Through the course of the story, we follow the three sisters as they learn to cope with the outside world. After a time, they are ordered by the Mother Superior to return to the convent. Sisters Michelle and Irene choose to return, but Sister Barbara doesn't. Dr. Carpenter confronts Michelle and asks her why she won't return his love. She tells him the truth, and the Doctor is left to deal with his pain.