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The Trouble With Angels
The Trouble With Angels
Actors: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv, Mary Wickes
Director: Ida Lupino
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
PG     2003     1hr 52min

Hayley Mills and June Harding act up in this affectionate comedy as two juvenile pranksters at the St. Francis Academy for Girls. It is up to Rosalind Russell, starring as the patient and understanding Mother Superior, to ...  more »


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Actors: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv, Mary Wickes
Director: Ida Lupino
Creators: Lionel Lindon, Robert C. Jones, William Frye, Blanche Hanalis, Jane Trahey
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: School Days, Comedy, Classics, Family Films
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/11/2003
Original Release Date: 03/30/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 03/30/1966
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 52min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 11/24/2023...
Walt Disney style acting and plotline.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kathleen A. from LAWRENCE, KS
Reviewed on 5/4/2013...
Love this movie! Hilarious & has to be based on a true story because nobody could make up some of these pranks & comedic situations. Laugh out loud in places but touches the heart in others. An interesting role for Rosalind Russell and a cameo appearance of Gypsy Rose Lee.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
S A A. (Learned2Heal)
Reviewed on 7/13/2011...
A very disjointed little movie. No real plot to it at all. And the whole thing is set in this kind of phony looking Disney-like castle. Kind of fun, old-fashioned, harmless interactions. But no real depth and - again - no real plot.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jenny G. (Luke1242) from ELIZABETH, CO
Reviewed on 3/24/2011...
They just don't make them like this anymore. There are a lot of fun scenes, and my daughters loved The Trouble With Angels. There are a couple of scenes where the teen girls smoke that we had our girls not watch, but other than that it is very good. I really wish they made Disney movies like this instead of the new ones where they make adults seem like idiots, and all the children are disrepectful.
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Movie Reviews

A Wilson | Canada | 10/31/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"It is wonderful that they are bringing out The Trouble with Angels, but it should have been done letterboxed. The problem is , it probably won't be released again. All movies should be released in their original aspect ratio or given the option on the dvd."
Funny and Very Charming Film For The Entire Family
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 06/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Smartly paced direction and sparkling performances highlight this extremely funny and ultimately touching story of two prankster teenage girls who run riot through a Catholic boarding school--and who, almost in spite of themselves, develop in maturity and spirituality in sometimes unexpected ways.Ida Lupino is generally best remembered as a noir-ish actress of the 1940s and 1950s--but she was an accomplished director as well, and THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS possesses a remarkably stable feel that bespeaks Lupino's talents. The script is funny without being frantic and spiritual without being sentimental and the cinematography is simple yet often elegant. But the real sparkle of the film comes from the extremely enjoyable performances offered by an ensemble cast led by Rosalind Russell as the formidable Reverend Mother and Haley Mills and June Harding as her problem students. Russell gives one her best performances here, Haley Mills is her equal every step of the way, and June Harding is equally enjoyable; the truly memorable supporting cast includes the likes of Binnie Barnes and Gypsy Rose Lee. A truly fun and sometimes touching film to which you will likely return again and again, well worth the investment. Recommended."
The important thing in life is not to yield, but to choose
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 09/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Trouble with Angels" is one of those films where the whole is greater than the sums of the part. Worldly Mary Clancy (Haley Mills) constantly has "scathingly brilliant" ideas and drags her innocent best friend Rachel Devery (June Harding) into all sorts of hi-jinks at the St. Francis Academy for Girls, a Catholic School lorded over by one of the more formidable Mother Superiors in movie history, played by Rosalind Russell. Mary has modern views and has never seen a rule she was not interested in breaking, while Rachel wishes with all of her heart to be more like her friend. Based on the novel by Jane Trahey, the screenplay by Blanche Hanalis offers by a very episodic story as Mary and Rachel get in and out of trouble over and over again. Yet every time Mary and Mother Superior butt heads each earns a bit more respect from the others. More importantly, they come to understand each other. The original tagline for this film was that it was "a habit forming comedy," which is a rather ironic description given the film's rather surprise ending. Like Rachel, at first glance what happens at this end of this film is a complete shock. But upon reflecting-or watching the film a second time-it becomes clear that this is a film about finding something better. It is not surprising that Rosalind Russell captures the comedy of the Reverend Mother, but what might surprise you is how she provides the heart and soul of the film as well. I also want to recognize Jerry Goldsmith's score for this film and the way he takes the title theme and turns it into both the St. Francis marching band's song and appropriately religious sounding music for a key moment in the film. An excellent use of a basic theme in myriad ways. The title sequence was created by Fritz Freleng and David H. DePatie."The Trouble with Angles" is a not a great film, but it is a solid, moving story that sneaks up with its message through the laughter and tears. I find myself watching this film every time I come across it on television, which probably speaks more to its strengths than anything, because I have never been a big Haley Mills fan. You should recognize Mary Wickes as Sister Clarissa, seeing as how she played another albeit more memorable nun in the "Sister Act" movies. Of course the movies are quite similar in terms of having a large cast of nuns who as distinct and interesting characters (who can ever forget Marge Redmond as Sister Liguori?). Finally, keep an eye out for Gypsy Rose Lee as Mrs. Mabel Dowling Phipps, who teaches interpretive movement..."