Taglines: The con is on.
A couple of 1930s Great Depression-era convicts, Ned and Jim, jailed on never-specified charges and abused by a ruthless warden, are dragged along when a vicious killer named Bobby escapes the electric chair.
The two end up in a small upstate New York town near the Canada–US border, where they are mistaken for a pair of priests expected at the local monastery. They want to flee but cannot, since misunderstandings and the warden’s search party looking for Bobby make a trip across the bridge to Canada almost impossible.
Ned and Jim continue to masquerade as priests, trusted and welcomed by Father Levesque. An opportunity presents itself in the form of a procession to the church’s sister church across the border. Each priest participating has to bring along someone who needs help, so they decide on the deaf-mute daughter of Molly, a local laundress and prostitute.
Bobby is killed by police during the procession. Ned saves Molly’s daughter from drowning, after this event she is able to speak. Jim is befriended by a young monk and decides to stay in the monastery to actually become a priest. Ned takes Molly and her daughter to Canada.
We’re No Angels is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Demi Moore. This was Jordan’s last film to receive a PG-13 rating by the MPAA, until Ondine in 2009.
We’re No Angels (1989)
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Starring: Robert De Niro, Demi Moore, Sean Penn, Hoyt Axton, Bruno Kirby, Ray McAnally, James Russo, Wallace Shawn, John C. Reilly, Jay Brazeau, Elizabeth Lawrence, Jessica Jickels
Screenplay by: David Mamet
Production Design by: Wolf Kroeger
Cinematography by: Philippe Rousselot
Film Editing by: Mick Audsley, Joke van Wijk
Costume Design by: Theoni V. Aldredge
Set Decoration by: Jim Erickson
Art Direction by: Richard Harrison, Andrew Ackland-Snow
Music by: George Fenton
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 15, 1989