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Black Narcissus (1947)

NR 1947-08-13 (US) Drama 1h 40m
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A story of exquisite yearning in a strange and beautiful land. Towering over the screen ... as the mountains that saw it happen.


A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.

  1. Michael Powell

    Director, Writer

  2. Emeric Pressburger

    Director, Writer

  3. Rumer Godden


Top Billed Cast

  1. Deborah Kerr

    Deborah Kerr

    Sister Clodagh

  2. David Farrar

    David Farrar

    Mr. Dean

  3. Flora Robson

    Flora Robson

    Sister Philippa

  4. Kathleen Byron

    Kathleen Byron

    Sister Ruth

  5. Sabu


    The Young General

  6. Jean Simmons

    Jean Simmons


  7. Jenny Laird

    Jenny Laird

    Sister Honey

  8. Judith Furse

    Judith Furse

    Sister Briony

  9. Esmond Knight

    Esmond Knight

    The Old General

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Black Narcissus
Black Narcissus

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $424,000.00

Revenue -


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