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The Name of the Rose -- In 1327, William of Baskerviller, an intellectually nonconformist but respected monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey in hopes of resolving matters.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... William of Baskerville

Christian Slater ... Adso of Melk
Helmut Qualtinger ... Remigio da Varagine

Elya Baskin ... Severinus

Michael Lonsdale ... The Abbot
Volker Prechtel ... Malachia
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Jorge de Burgos

William Hickey ... Ubertino da Casale

Michael Habeck ... Berengar

Urs Althaus ... Venantius

Valentina Vargas ... The Girl

Ron Perlman ... Salvatore
Leopoldo Trieste ... Michele da Cesena
Franco Valobra ... Jerome of Kaffa

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Hugh of Newcastle
Donald O'Brien ... Pietro d'Assisi (as Donal O'Brian)
Andrew Birkin ... Cuthbert of Winchester

F. Murray Abraham ... Bernardo Gui
Lucien Bodard ... Cardinal Bertrand
Peter Berling ... Jean d'Anneaux
Pete Lancaster ... Bishop of Alborea
Dwight Weist ... Voice of Adso as an Old Man (voice)
Franco Adducci ... Monk
Niko Brücher ... Monk
Aristide Caporale ... Monk (as Aristide Caporali)
Fabio Carfora ... Monk
Peter Clös ... Monk
Mario Diano ... Monk
Fabrizio Fontana ... Monk
Rolando Fucili ... Monk
Valerio Isidori ... Monk
Luigi Leoni ... Monk (as Luigi Leone)
Armando Marra ... Monk
Maurizio Mauri ... Monk

Ludger Pistor ... Monk
Francesco Scali ... Monk
Maria Tedeschi ... Monk
Andrea Tilli ... Monk
Ennio Lollainni ... Swineherd
Emil Feist ... Swineherd
Francesco Maselli ... Swineherd
Renato Nebolini ... Swineherd
Antonio Cetta ... Peasant
Franco Covielleo ... Peasant
Daniele Ferretti ... Peasant
Sabatino Gennardo ... Peasant
Luciano Invidia ... Peasant
Mauro Leoni ... Peasant
Massimiliano Scarpa ... Peasant
Umberto Zuanelli ... Peasant

Mark Bellinghaus ... Jorge's Novice
David Furtwaengler ... Novice (as David Furtwängler)
Patric Kreuzer ... Novice (as Patrick Kreuzer)

Kim Rossi Stuart ... Novice (as Kim Rossi-Stuart)
Lars Bodin-Jorgensen ... Adelmo
Franco Diogene ... Papal Envoy
Giordano Falzoni ... Papal Envoy
Eckehard Koch ... Papal Envoy
Gina Poli ... Papal Envoy
Gianni Rizzo ... Papal Envoy
Lothar Schoenbrodt ... Papal Envoy (as Lothar Schönbrodt)
Vittorio Zarfati ... Papal Envoy
Carlo Bianchino ... Papal Guard
Eugenio Bonardi ... Inquisition Guard
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Inquisition Guard
Franco Marino ... Inquisition Guard
Hans Schödel ... Inquisition Guard
Peter Welz ... Nero
Alberto Capone ... Executioner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gaston Bonheur ... Monk (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Writing credits
Umberto Eco (novel "Il nome della rosa")

Andrew Birkin (screenplay) &
Gérard Brach (screenplay) &
Howard Franklin (screenplay) &
Alain Godard (screenplay)

Produced by
Franco Cristaldi .... co-producer
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
Bernd Eichinger .... producer
Pierre Hébey .... associate producer (as Pierre Hebey)
Alexandre Mnouchkine .... co-producer
Bernd Schaefers .... producer
Thomas Schühly .... executive producer
Herman Weigel .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jane Seitz 
Casting by
Gianni Arduini 
Dominique Besnehard 
Celestia Fox 
David Rubin 
Sabine Schroth 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
Art Direction by
Giorgio Giovannini 
Rainer Schaper 
Set Decoration by
Francesca Lo Schiavo 
Costume Design by
Gabriella Pescucci 
Makeup Department
Klaus Börmert .... special makeup effects artist (as Klaus Boerrnert)
Renato Francola .... special makeup effects artist
Margrit Guthmann .... makeup artist
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. Connery
Frederike Reimer .... makeup artist
Gerhard Reitinger .... makeup artist
Hans Jürgen Schmelzle .... makeup artist (as Hans-Jürgen Schmelzle)
Maurizio Silvi .... special makeup effects artist
Hasso von Hugo .... supervising makeup artist
Production Management
Jürgen Bieske .... post production manager (as Jürgen Bieske-Feddern)
Franco Coduti .... production manager: Italy
Marco Giannoni .... unit manager
Kirsten Hager .... unit manager
Wulf E. Hoffer .... unit manager
Jürgen Kussatz .... unit manager
Gerald Morin .... production supervisor
Ike Werk .... post production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... first assistant director
Stefano Eco .... assistant director
Enrico Marrari .... assistant director (as Andrea Marrari)
Laura Petrella .... assistant director (as Laura Petrella-Elek)
Margot Rothkirch .... second assistant director
Victor Tourjansky .... first assistant director
Pierpaulo Trezzini .... assistant director
Knut Winkler .... second assistant director
Art Department
Laurence Duval Annaud .... storyboard supervisor (as Laurence Duval-Annaud)
Fausto Baldinelli .... blacksmith
Gabriele Binder .... assistant art director
Michelangelo Borea .... blacksmith
Roberto Caracciolo .... manuscript illuminator
Renato Carmelini .... manuscript illuminator
Franco Ceraolo .... assistant set decorator
Alberto Chiovenda .... plasterer
Mario Cinti .... set painter
Attilo Crisara .... assistant plasterer
Filomeno Crisara .... sculptor
Pietro D'Antoni .... carpenter
Aldo De Bonis .... assistant property master
Nicola Di Salvo .... blacksmith (as Nicola Di Salvio)
Gianni Fiumi .... property master
Alfonso Fortunati .... set painter
Fernando Fortunati .... set painter
Susanna Giovannini .... assistant art director
Norbert Iborra .... storyboard artist
Gianni Indovino .... blacksmith (as Giovanni Indovino)
Luigi Lattanzi .... carpenter
Giorgio Legnani .... carpenter
Vincenzo Marcucci .... carpenter (as Vincenzo Marucci)
Donato Montanaro .... carpenter (as Donato Montanare)
Massimo Nespoli .... blacksmith
Nazzareno Piana .... assistant art director
Franco Pirolli .... carpenter
Adriano Pirri .... carpenter
Iolando Rocchetti .... construction manager (as Jolando Rocchetti)
Thomas Röhrig .... assistant property master
Michael Schlüssel .... construction manager
Tito Sereni .... plasterer
Luigi Sergianni .... construction manager
Claudio Stefani .... carpenter
Giovanni Taglialegna .... blacksmith
Bruno Tempera .... property buyer
Alessandro Alberti .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Enki Bilal .... graphic researcher (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Allis .... stereo consultant: Dolby
Monika Bergmann .... additional dialogue editor
Milan Bor .... rerecording mixer
Werner Böhm .... a.d.r. mixer
Eva Claudius .... dialogue editor (as Evi Claudius)
Heinz Dittlein .... foley mixer
Friedrich M. Dosch .... foley editor
Illo Endrulat .... additional dialogue editor
Claudia Gehring .... assistant dialogue editor
Heiner Harss .... foley artist
Norbert Herzner .... sound editor
Frank Jahn .... production sound mixer
Ulli Kandlinger .... a.d.r. studio manager (as Uli Kandlinger)
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Willy Leitenstorfer .... assistant a.d.r. mixer (as Willy Leitensstorfer)
Evelyn Lukas .... assistant sound editor
Raymond Meyer .... boom operator
Günther Ruckdeschel .... boom operator
Christian Schubert .... assistant rerecording mixer
John A. Williams .... assistant dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Ignazio Maccarone .... special effects electrician
Giancarlo Mancini .... special effects technician
Adriano Pischiutta .... special effects supervisor
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts (uncredited)
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt double (uncredited)
Angelo Ragusa .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eraldo Barbona .... grip
Günther Bauer .... grip (as Günter Bauer)
Vasco Benucci .... focus puller
Franco Caporale .... electrician
Bruno Colanzi .... grip
Vittorio Contino .... generator operator
Wolfgang Dell .... electrician
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Marco Di Salvo .... generator operator
Alberto Emidi .... key grip
Cesare Emidi .... grip
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... first camera operator
Aldo Galigani .... electrician
Umberto Leurini .... generator operator
Richard Lindl .... grip
Romano Mancini .... supervising gaffer
Giorgio Palermi .... electrician
Piero Quaglietti .... electrician
Antonio Scaramuzza .... second camera operator
Marco Sperduti .... focus puller
Guido Tosi .... focus puller
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Massimo Barbona .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mali Finn .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Anzimani .... seamstress
Silvia Grabowski .... wardrobe
Adriana Masseroni .... wardrobe
Carlo Poggioli .... wardrobe
Kurt Schönwälder .... wardrobe (as Kurt Schoenwälder)
Alberto Spiazzi .... wardrobe master
Eveline Stösser .... wardrobe (as Eveline Stoesser)
Esther Walz .... wardrobe coordinator
Editorial Department
Andreas Althoff .... second assistant editor
Margarethe Berchtold .... negative cutter
Rudolf Ibelher .... color grader
Carlo La Bella .... color grader
Loretta Mattioli .... editorial assistant: Italy
Nani Schumann .... first assistant editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Kurt Reichmann .... historical music instruments
Kurt Rieth .... choir master
Harry Schnitzler .... music sound engineer
Rainer Standke .... assistant music editor
Ulrich Ullmann .... music mixer
Ian Underwood .... synthesizer programmer
Transportation Department
Antonio Savini .... transportation captain: Italy
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... financial services provided by
Daniele Alexandre-Bidon .... contemporary manners advisor
Laurence Duval Annaud .... assistant to the director (as Laurence Duval-Annaud)
Laurence Duval Annaud .... continuity coordinator (as Laurence Duval-Annaud)
Padre Angelo Arpa .... religious advisor
François Avril .... manuscript advisor
Luise Beitz .... accountant
Renate Berger .... post-production secretary
Stephan Beringer .... post-production assistant (as Stefan Beringer)
Jean-Claude Bonne .... architecture advisor
Barbara Boudier .... production secretary
John Brownjohn .... translator: English
Fausto Capozzi .... supervising accountant
Gian Carlo Ciotti .... supervising accountant (as Giancarlo Ciotti)
Christopher Cruise .... dialogue director
Christopher Cruise .... script advisor
Père Desbonnet .... liturgy advisor
Christopher Doherty .... dialogue consultant
Daniella Edelburg .... assistant to the producers (as Daniela Edelburg)
Giovanna Emidi .... payroll
Roy Everson .... stand-in: Mr. Connery
Walter Fiordelmondo .... production assistant
Birte Franzen .... bookkeeper
Anna Gross .... production executive
Margarete Kemeny .... pre-production secretary
Jens Kostmann .... production assistant
Jacques Le Goff .... supervising historical advisor
Michel Lebrun .... storyline consultant
Edwin Leicht .... financial controller
Raoul Leindecker .... production assistant
Lynda Levy .... publicity writer
Manfred Mittelbach .... supervising auditor
Aroldo Mogiani .... crowd manager
Marianne Munichhausen .... assistant to the producers
Evelyn Nissimoff .... bookkeeper
Riccardo Passanisi .... production runner
Michel Pastoureau .... heraldry advisor
Françoise Perrot .... continuity
Titti Pesaro .... production coordinator
Carla Pettini .... production secretary
Angelo Pieri .... cashier
Manuela Pineskj .... production secretary (as Manuela Pineschi-Berger)
Françoise Piponnier .... props advisor
Roswitha Polosek .... production coordinator
Fiammeta Profili .... production secretary (as Fiammetta Profili)
Michael Scheingraber .... post-production assistant
Jean-Claude Schmitt .... comportment advisor
Klaus Schühly .... publicity assistant
Gianni Scuro .... production runner
Rosetta Sestili .... liaison: Italian labor office
Luciano Tartaglia .... accountant
Roberto Todeschi .... production assistant
Giorgio Tregnaghi .... controller: Italy
Doug Woelk .... post-production assistant
Jean-Yves Asselin .... location manager (uncredited)
Philippe Druillet .... poster designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Der Name der Rose" - Italy (original title)
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130 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Robert De Niro auditioned for the role of William, but director Jean-Jacques Annaud changed his mind because De Niro wanted to have a sword duel between William and Bernardo Gui.See more »
Anachronisms: The near-full plate armor worn by the guards for the Inquisition is at least a century too early.See more »
[first lines]
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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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Jean-Jacques Annaud's Accurate Depiction of the Late Middle Ages a Must-See for Medievalists, 5 July 2009
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

A lot of our perception of the Middle Ages comes from previous Hollywood movies, such as Robin Hood and Excalibur. In reality, Europe of the Middle Ages was dark, damp, and dirty, there was no middle-class, and the clergy and the nobility ran society like dictators. Consideration of personal hygiene was almost non-existent, medical practices were atrocious, and the search for knowledge was discouraged by the church. Aside from the great Gothic cathedrals, much of the architecture was comprised of either large stone buildings or small shacks for the peasantry. And religious fanaticism raged all over Christendom. If you weren't fearing for your life in the hereafter because of sin, you might be worried that the church would haul you in on charges of heresy. But there was one small consolation: it was the period when some of the most beautiful books ever created first appeared by the artistic hands of monks in scriptoriums. This is the world of "The Name of the Rose", the film adaption of the novel by Umberto Eco.

The story concerns several murders that take place in a medieval monastery circa 1327. But this monastery is special (although essentially fictional): it contains one of the greatest and most extensive libraries in all of Medieval Europe. Not all aspects of the Middle Ages were gloom and doom. The age produced some of the most extravagantly beautiful hand-written books western society has ever seen. The large ornamented calligraphy was adorned by beautiful illuminations in the margins, artwork that surrounded the text. (The art of hand illumination has been subsequently lost to modern printing innovations.)

William of Baskerville (Sean Connery), a Franciscan monk, and his pupil Adso (Christian Slater) arrive at this Benedictine monastery hidden in the snow-clad mountains presumably near the border of Italy and modern-day Switzerland. At this time, the Franciscans were a relatively new monastic order, their order barely 100 years old, as compared to the Benedictines that by this time had boasted an 800-year history. William and Adso learn about the death of one of the monastery's best illuminators who worked in the monastery's scriptorium. The scriptorium was the area of a medieval monastery in which monks copied, illuminated and illustrated books. The story becomes a narrative about medieval books, classical writings, and the power of thought--medieval thought versus classical (aka Ancient Greek) sensibilities. As William of Baskerville (so-named referencing Sherlock Holmes) begins to piece together the puzzle, he realizes that the death has much to do with the library and its books, and possibly one book in particular.

Although this is a loose adaption of the book, the film "The Name of the Rose" is one of the best depictions of the Middle Ages. Unlike most Hollywood offerings concerning the same period, the actors in "The Name of the Rose" were probably similar to the strange-looking and care-worn monks that habituated 14th-century monastic life. Most of these people (save the two Hollywood actors Sean Connery and Christian Slater) are gaunt and less unattractive people occupying large drafty buildings full of stench and grime. Their lives amounted to sleeping, eating, working, and worship. Leisure was not just avoided, it was largely unknown. Their only solace is the beautiful Gregorian Chant that echos through the Church Sanctuary during morning and evening services.

No one in this movie is particularly attractive, and there are even a character or two who will make you cringe. The cast, mostly made up of French, Italian, and American actors, is outstanding with a few notable standouts. Ron Perlman as Salvatore, a dim-witted hunchback who doesn't know whether he's speaking Latin, Italian or French is the absolute tour-de-force performance of the film. His portrayal is worth the price of admission alone. I didn't realize the actor was actually American until much later! Feodor Chaliapin as the venerable Jorge, an aging blind monk that does not let his age nor his blindness interfere with his expressing opinion gives a stalwart performance. Volker Prechtel as the stoic librarian and supervisor of the scriptorium; his character could give any modern-day spinster a run for her money. William Hickey as Ubertino of Casale, an exiled Franciscan who is strangely lovable despite his age and his dying teeth! And F. Murray Abraham (of Salieri fame in Amadeus) is also memorable as the historical figure Bernardo Gui, a true-to-life 14th-century inquisitor. You really believe you are walking in the 14th century among these people. But would you want to invite them for coffee?

This is an outstanding film, granted not exactly escapist and definitely not for the feint of heart. Simultaneously, this movie provides a window into the world of Western Europe 700 years ago, when democracy did not exist, people were stratified, religious fanaticism the norm, and the world was lit only by fire. A compelling time and a compelling subject. Personally I love to study Middle Ages and its history and culture. Would I ever want to live back then? Not on your life. I'll use movies and books instead like the Name of the Rose.

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