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Change of Habit Details


Dr. John Carpenter (Elvis Presley) helps the economically disadvantaged in an inner-city medical clinic. Three nuns are assigned to help out at the facility and are allowed to wear regular clothes instead of the traditional habits. Sister Michelle (Mary Tyler Moore) is the speech therapist who Dr. Carpenter would like to examine personally after hours. Along with the other sisters (Barbara McNair and Jane Elliot), Michelle is subjected to the criticism of the local parish priest (Regis Toomey) in the social experiment of non-traditional dress. Two spinsters even mistake the nuns for prostitutes without their habits. The priest wins out in the end, and the nuns must again don their habits. As the good doctor sings to the ailing children, Sister Michelle is transfixed both by a crucifix hanging on the wall and by Elvis Presley in an ironic and symbolic scene that flashes between the two icons. This was Presley's last studio feature and he welcomed the move from stifling screen images as he returned his focus to live performances and recording for the remainder of his illustrious career. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Elvis Presley
as Dr. John Carpenter
Mary Tyler Moore
as Sister Michelle
Jane Elliot
as Sister Barbara
Leora Dana
as Mother Joseph
Ed Asner
as Lt. Moretti
Robert Emhardt
as The Banker
Regis Toomey
as Father Gibbons
Doro Merande
as Rose
Richard Carlson
as Bishop Finley
Nefti Millet
as Julio Hernandez
Laura Figueroa
as Desiree
Lorena Kirk
as Amanda Parker
Virginia Vincent
as Miss Parker
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
as Hawk
Caitlin Wyles
as 2nd Stiletto Deb
Ruth McDevitt
as Lily
Caitlin Wyles
as 2nd Stiletto Deb


William A. Graham
Joe Connelly
Eric Bercovici
Russell Metty
Buddy Kaye
Composer (Music Score)
Ben Weisman
Composer (Music Score)
Billy Goldenberg
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
John McCarthy
Set Designer
Helen Colvig
Costume Designer
Ronald Pierce
Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Bowles
First Assistant Director