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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 »


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Credited cast:
Don Raspi
Lea Padovani ...
Harold Goldblatt ...
Father Giovanni
Carlo Croccolo ...
Giulio Bosetti ...
Brother Orlando
Elisa Cegani ...
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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 study for the priesthood. But this is only the first of many surprises from the man who would become Saint Joseph Cupertino. Written by Dan Navarro <>

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2 November 1962 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Ein sonderbarer Heiliger  »

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Father Giovanni: You have a whole year to prepare yourself, with the best instructors of the order.
Giuseppe: I'll miss the stables.
Father Giovanni: Gobbo will look after the animals.
Giuseppe: Father Giovanni, couldn't I stay...
Father Giovanni: No.
  • in the stables?

Father Giovanni: No.
Giuseppe: I will work harder than...
Father Giovanni: No, Giuseppe.
Giuseppe: Just to stay...
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A fine movie
14 October 2002 | by (US) – See all my reviews

An excellent movie that I deeply appreciated. I give this high marks for its respectful representation of the life of a simple saint. At times, the movie is certainly dated, but the humor and truth of it remains. I recommend this movie with some disclaimers; its not terribly exciting or romantic; its just a good, clear biography of a saint.

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