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1969

In the late 1960s, Elvis Presley starred in many films set primarily in the musical genre. "Change of Habit" from 1969 was one such project starring Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, and Barbara McNair. Unlike typical Elvis movies, this film had little to do with music and instead focused on more serious themes.

The story revolves around a young doctor named John Carpenter (played by Elvis Presley) who works in a lower-class neighborhood in New York City. His practice involves treating mostly African Americans who cannot afford proper medical care. One day, three sisters - Michelle (Mary Tyler Moore), Irene (Barbara McNair), and Barbara - arrive at John's clinic to help out with volunteering. However, John is unaware that the three are actually nuns who have recently arrived in the city to help with social work.

As the story progresses, the movie explores the dynamics between the doctor and the nuns in a non-romantic fashion. John treats the patients with care, but as he begins spending more time with Michelle, he starts to develop an interest in her.

Through their social work, the three nuns face many challenges, such as drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, and gang violence. They tackle these issues with determination but also face challenges from local authorities who do not approve of their methods. Meanwhile, John supports their work and gradually becomes an invaluable part of their team.

As the movie builds towards its climax, one of the nuns becomes a victim of a vicious gang, and the other two must race against time to save her. The film ends with a meaningful resolution that highlights the importance of social work for the empowerment of the underprivileged.

"Change of Habit" received generally mixed reviews from critics at the time of its release. While the film did make some poignant observations about the social condition of lower-class neighborhoods, most reviewers found the story and performances to be subpar. Commentators also criticized the film's lack of musical numbers, which may have disappointed some Elvis fans who were expecting his usual musical performances.

Despite these criticisms, "Change of Habit" remains a significant film in Elvis Presley's career for its departure from his usual musical work. The movie sought to tackle more complex social issues and tell a human story of a doctor who works with nuns in a Harlem free clinic. While it may not be the most memorable of Elvis Presley's movies, it is a touching story that sheds light on the marginalized members of society who are often ignored by mainstream media.

Change of Habit is a Crime, Drama, Music, Romance movie released in 1969. It has a runtime of 93 min.. Critics and viewers have rated it moderate reviews, with an IMDb score of 6.0..

6.0/10
Director
William A. Graham, James A. Rosenberger (Ass't)
Stars
Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore
Also starring Mary Tyler Moore
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