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10 March 1977 (West Germany) See more »
16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D'Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Hemingway ... Maria Rosalea Coutinho

William Berger ... Father Vicente

Herbert Fux ... Satan
Ana Zanatti ... Mother Alma, the Grand Priestess
Aida Vargas ... Joanna, a Nun (as Aida Kargas)
Vítor Mendes ... António Fernando Queiroz de Melo, the Mayor
Aida Gouveia ... Antónia, a Nun (as Isa Schneider)
Herman José ... Manuel Gonçalves, the Prince (as Hermann Krippahl)
José Viana ... The Grand Inquisitor (as Jose Viana)
Patricia Da Silva ... Maria's Mother
Victor de Sousa ... Inquisitor's Aid
Nicolau Breyner ... Prince's Aid
Clara Marabuto ... Josefina, a nun
Esther Studer ... Nun at ritual
Dagmar Bürger ... Nun at ritual

Anton Diffring ... Old Priest

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mariana Alcoforado  love letters
Erwin C. Dietrich  (as Manfred Gregor)
Christine Lembach  dialogue

Produced by
Erwin C. Dietrich .... producer
Max Dora .... executive producer
Original Music by
Walter Baumgartner 
Cinematography by
Peter Baumgartner 
Film Editing by
Marie-Luise Buschke  (as Marie-Louise Buschke)
Art Direction by
David Quintans 
Production Management
Edouard A. Stöckli .... production manager (as Eduard A. Stöckli)
Sound Department
Klaus Kunsemüller .... sound
Hubertus Schmandtke .... sound (as Hubertus Schmandke)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Love Letters from a Portuguese Nun" - USA (video catalogue title)
"Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun" - USA
"Любовные письма португальской монахини" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Cartas de Amor de Uma Freira Portuguesa" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Cartas de amor a una monja portugesa" - Spain
"Confessioni proibite di una monaca adolescente" - Italy (imdb display title)
"I istoria mias gynaikas" - Greece (video title)
"Lettres d'amour d'une nonne portugaise" - France
"Tuhansien himojen luostari" - Finland
"Ung nonnes erotiske afsløringer" - Denmark (imdb display title)
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Spain:85 min | UK:82 min (DVD) | 89 min (director's cut) | USA:80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Portugal:M/18 | UK:18 (re-rating) (heavily cut) (2004) | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1979-2004) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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The film was complete in 1975, but it went through a number of censorship bans (the first on 3 March 1976), appeals, rejections, and editing for release in different markets in 1977 and 1978.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Franco's love letter to A-class horror cinema, 10 August 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun is a surprisingly professionally made movie from the king of sleaze, Jess Franco. Usually with Franco, you can count on a very thin plot and loads of sex (usually involving lesbians), but this time it's the other way round. Of course, there's still lots of room for sex (no need to worry, Franco fans) but it's definitely a secondary element to the plot. This film fits into the corner of the horror genre known as 'nunsploitation'. This is my first ever taste of nunsploitation, so I cant comment on the niche on the whole; but if it turns out to be as interesting as it's title, it should be pretty good! This film follows Maria, a sixteen year old girl that is forced into a convent after the convent's leader manipulates her mother into thinking she's in league with the devil and destined for Hell. However, this isn't a Christian convent and rather than worshipping God, these guys are actually a band of Satanists! After being forced to perform sinful acts with various members of the convent (including the Dark Prince himself...), Maria tries to escape the convent.

The message in this film is actually rather potent, and it exposes the hypocrisy of religion and, more specifically; the Christian church. The film manages to go even further than that too, with the idea of a sex scandal being pretty much timeless. Sex scandals are still a big part of our society's news stories, and I'm sure that they will continue to be; which gives this film an element of immortality where it's plot is concerned. The sex scenes are surprisingly brief, which is very surprising after watching the likes of Vampyros Lesbos and Bare Breasted Countess. The photography is smooth and nice to look at, leading me to believe that Jess Franco actually wanted to make a film, rather than just another of his usual quickies. Jess Franco made a lot of films over his career, a lot of which are forgettable rubbish; but this film hints that the man may have a lot more talent than his list of directorial credits suggests. Despite some silly sequences (such the Devil love making scene), this film is professionally handled and just well done on the whole. Maybe if Franco had put more effort into the quality of his films rather than the quantity, he would have a few masterpieces under his belt.

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