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The Name of the Rose (1986)
"Der Name der Rose" (original title)

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An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

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Helmut Qualtinger ...
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Severinus
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The Abbot
Volker Prechtel ...
Malachia
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
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Berengar
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Venantius
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The Girl
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Salvatore
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Michele da Cesena
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Jerome of Kaffa
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Hugh of Newcastle
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Brother William discovers that the murders involve an attempt by the librarian to keep secret the abbey's possession of a rare book written by Aristotle on comedy that was thought lost. But the book encourages comedy and laughter which is thought to be a threat to the authoritarian discipline demanded by the Church. In the end, the famous library is destroyed in a dramatic fire when a senior monk tries to destroy the book. Written by Edward Bordeau

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abbey | death | monk | franciscan | secret | See more »

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They believed in God, but traded with the Devil See more »


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Release Date:

24 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Name of the Rose  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The catacombs that appear on the movie are private and belong to a small restaurant that the crew frequented on production. Initially the plan was to shoot on Rome, but filming wasn't allowed. See more »

Goofs

The statue of the Virgin Mary in the church is in Renaissance style but it should have been Romanesque or Gothic. See more »

Quotes

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Voice of Adso as an Old Man: Having reached the end of my poor sinner's life, my hair now white, I prepare to leave on this parchment my testimony as to the wondrous and terrible events that I witnessed in my youth, towards the end of the year of our Lord 1327. May God grant me the wisdom and grace to be the faithful chronicler of the happenings that took place in a remote abbey in the dark north of Italy. An abbey whose name it seems, even now, pious and prudent to omit.
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The opening credits read - A palimpsest of Umberto Eco's Novel The Name of the Rose See more »

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Scarey Days...
12 February 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

If you like movies to send you back to another historical period, there are few which can do it more effectively than this one. The period is pre-enlightenment when the only books in the land (Italy) are owned by the different denominations of the Catholic faith. Inquisitions are the order of the day and the atmosphere of mistrust and misrepresentation which accompany such a fragile state, is expertly realised.

Enter Sean Connery playing a Sherlock Holmes (`…Elementary my dear Wat-shun…') from the dark/middle ages, replete with a magnifying glass of sorts and a recognisable system of logical deduction. The story is a fine balance of complexity (easy enough to follow, but not too simplistic) with the inclusion of a number of sub-plots to keep it all ticking along nicely. The acting is very good but what makes it stand out is its evocation of another era, which is reproduced with authority. Highly enjoyable.


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