Agnes of God script
Agnes of God (1985)
Synopsis: Dr. Martha Livingston (Jane Fonda) is a court-appointed psychiatrist sent to evaluate Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly), a young nun whose infant has been found strangled. With Agnes claiming a virgin conception and having no memory of giving birth, Livingston must distinguish between the lies and the nun's perception-altering faith. Complicating her investigation, Livingston continually clashes with the overbearing Mother Miriam Ruth (Anne Bancroft), who insists that Livingston leave Agnes alone.

MARTHA (Cont.)

...the court-appointed psychiatrist.

Sister Marguerite gives a frosty imitation of a smile and

motions for her to come in.

MARTHA (Cont.)

Thank you. I um... I believe your

Mother Superior's expecting me.

Martha and the Sister walk up the drive to the convent.

17 INT - WAITING ROOM - DAY

Martha follows Sister Marguerite into a grilled waiting room.

Sister moves off, leaving Martha looking around curiously. Then

the MOTHER MIRIAM arrives from behind the grilled door, sees

Martha, sighs exasperatedly and enters giving Martha a slight

start.

MOTHER SUPERIOR:

(beaming at her own

little joke)

Doctor Livingston I presume? I'm

Mother Miriam Ruth. You needn't call

Mother if you don't wish.

(shaking hands)

Most people find it uncomfortable.

MARTHA:

Well... I...

MOTHER MIRIAM:

(carrying right on)

I'm afraid the word brings up the most

unpleasant connatations in this day and

age...

MARTHA:

Yes... I...

MOTHER MIRIAM:

You can call me Sister.

MARTHA:

... Thank you.

MOTHER MIRIAM:

You must have tons of questions. You

may smoke if you want to. Just don't

tell any of the Sisters.

Martha sits; Mother Miriam gets her a box of matches.

MOTHER MIRIAM (Cont.)

They wouldn't understand, especially

Sister Marguerite. She'd scare the pants

off Queen Elizabeth.

(she lights Martha's cigarette)

Besides, I miss them.

MARTHA:

You were a smoker?

MOTHER MIRIAM:

Two packs a day.

MARTHA:

I can beat that.

MOTHER MIRIAM:

Unfiltered.

Martha inclines her head impressed. Mother Miriam sits down

next to her.

MOTHER MIRIAM (Cont.)

Well, you have questions.

(checks her watch)

Fire away...

MARTHA:

Who knew about Agnes' pregnancy?

MOTHER MIRIAM:

No-one.

MARTHA:

How did she hide it from the other nuns?

MOTHER MIRIAM:

She undressed alone... she bathed alone.

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John Pielmeier

John Pielmeier was born on February 23, 1949 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Agnes of God (1985), Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009). more…

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