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 pauses for a long moment at the window, then turns.


Today's my birthday. I always make

bad decisions on my birthday.

The Judge, Eve and Lyon all chuckle. The Judge throws the file down on his desk towards her.


Happy birthday.


Martha unlocks the door and comes in. She plays her answerphone

and moves over to her cat.


Hi, Kitty.

The answerphone whirs...


Hi, it's Helen, calling to tell you

that Mrs Davenport phoned to confirm

her appointment at nine o'clock

tomorrow, okay? Bye bye.

Some whirs and clicks.


Hi Martha, it's Roger. Can you call

me at the hospital. I'd like your opinion

on a case. Oh, bye the way, happy

birthday. Bye.


Hi, Marty it's Helen again. I cancelled

your Wednesday afternoon appointment

so you can visit with your mother. Bye bye.


(in French)


Martha picks up a news paper with a photo of Sister Agnes on

the front.



Martha pulls up in her BMW outside the convent walls and gets

out, cigarette

in hand. A sign tangled over with creeper reads "Les Petites

Soeurs de Marie Madeleine". Martha jangles a bell. After a wait she

presses a buzzer. A peephole in the door slams open and Sister

Marguerite looks out.


Bonjour, I'm Doctor Martha

Livingston, I...

The peephole slams shut, but the door does open. Sister

Marguerite glares at her.

MARTHA (Cont.)

Hello... I'm Doctor Martha

Living...ston... I...

Martha realizes it is the cigarette that is causing the trouble

and hastilygrinds it underfoot.

MARTHA (Cont.)

Excuse me... I'm...

Sister Marguerite eyes flick down at cigarette butt. Martha

awkwardly tries

to kick it away.

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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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