6.6/10
537
22 user 3 critic

Francis of Assisi (1961)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 12 July 1961 (USA)
Trailer
3:00 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God. Clare (Dolores Hart) is a young ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel) (as Louis De Wohl), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson
King of Kings (1961)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The life of Jesus Christ.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield
Don Bosco (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Lodovico Gasparini
Stars: Flavio Insinna, Lina Sastri, Charles Dance
The Scarlet and the Black (TV Movie 1983)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome.

Director: Jerry London
Stars: Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris
The Robe (1953)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature
Barabbas (1961)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy
Padre Pio (TV Movie 2000)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The poor Italian peasant boy Francesco already has visions of Jesus and Mary as a child, but the Devil visits him too. He, Francesco, is quite certain that he will become a priest. After ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Carlei
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Jürgen Prochnow, Lorenza Indovina
Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting with their return in the rain to Rivotorlo from Rome when the Pope blessed their ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Maximilian Schell, Ricardo Montalban, Lea Padovani
Quo Vadis (1951)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann
Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Count Paolo of Vandria
...
...
Athene Seyler ...
Aunt Buona
...
The Pope
Mervyn Johns ...
Brother Juniper
Russell Napier ...
Brother Elias
John Welsh ...
Canon Cattanei
Harold Goldblatt ...
Bernard
Edith Sharpe ...
Jack Lambert ...
Scefi
Oliver Johnston ...
Father Livoni
Malcolm Keen ...
Edit

Storyline

Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God. Clare (Dolores Hart) is a young aristocratic woman who, according to the film, is so taken with St. Francis that she leaves her family and becomes a nun. By this time (1212 A.D.), St. Francis has a well-established reputation for his vows of poverty. The movie goes on to note miracles (such as the appearance of the stigmata on Francis's hands and feet) and other aspects of his life, up to and including his death on October 3, 1226. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

stigmata | nun | death | robe | atheist | See All (74) »

Taglines:

how a Lusty, Fighting Young "Rebel With Cause" Exchanged his Sword for a Cross! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Francisco de Asís  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~10.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.3 seconds. See more »

Goofs

Several times in the movie, you can see the Basilica of Saint Francis in the background. It wasn't built before 1230, four year after Saint Francis' death. See more »

Crazy Credits

[Right before the closing title card] Pax et Bonum ("peace and all good [be with you]"). This Latin phrase is the traditional greeting and goodbye of the Franciscans, and it was established by Francis himself. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
More like a colouring book than a movie
1 October 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

1961's Francis of Assisi is more a colouring book than a movie, a horribly miscast, painfully bland and often extremely badly written trudge through the saint's life that goes out of its way not to offend anyone but simply bores instead. The locations may be Italian but the aesthetic is pure Hollywood, and Hollywood at its least convincing: Francis' and his followers' march to Rome is filmed like something out of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as they hum along to Mario Nascimbene's score and Bradford Dillman charms the birds out of the trees. You almost expect to hear them sing Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off to Rome We Go. Dillman gives a superficial but inoffensive performance as Francis (inoffensive being the watchword here), often looking like Charlton Heston's undernourished younger brother, Stuart Whitman struggles and loses in almost every scene as Francis' brash aristocratic war-loving friend while Dolores Hart is no more convincing as Clare, which is particularly strange considering that in real life the actress went on to become a nun herself. Cecil Kelloway and Finlay Currie bring some old school professionalism to their small roles, but not enough to give the film much in the way of colour, while Pedro Armendariz's casting as the Sultan inadvertently only highlights how weak the material he has to work with really is. Francis' failed mission to the Holy Land and the breakup of his order are covered in passing, but even they fail to bring any drama to the proceedings, while director Michael Curtiz brings nothing to the party, his old panache presumably having run off with Errol Flynn. It's a rare epic that leaves me with little to say in its favour, but this is certainly one.


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
francis of assisi dvd dantonioronnie
Scene in Desert with A Leopard zenkampf
Well done BUT not the best film about Saint Francis! marcin_kukuczka
Discuss Francis of Assisi (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?