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24 September 1986 (USA) See more »
Who, in the name of God, is getting away with murder? See more »
An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Director Jean-Jacques Annaud was not keen on casting Sean Connery in the role of William of Baskerville, and a large number of actors were considered prior to Connery being cast. Some of those actors include: Michael Caine, Albert Finney, Richard Harris, Ian McKellen, Roy Scheider, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Yves Montand, Vittorio Gassman and Frederic Forrest.See more »
Continuity: While William and Adso go to the library through the secret passageway at night, the establishing shot outside of the library shows the building in daylight.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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49 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Excellent - despite the film medium's short comings!, 6 October 2005
Author: MinorityReporter from Denmark

Der Name der Rose is by all means a great film. The story is an excellent mix of Sherlock Holmes-type crime thriller and religious criticism/commentary. I found this to be exceptional as the book was labeled as impossible to remake as a film and while the book is indeed better than the film, the film is certainly not without its charms.

First of all the cast is pretty much perfect. Reading the book Sean Connery wasn't who I had in mind as the character but he certainly makes the character his own. His performance is for lack of a better word unique. He brings his usual indescribable something to the character which makes him almost instantly likable and believable. He delivers his lines in a confident manner that suits the character. Like in many other of his films his character is a teacher character but he does not seem to berate his pupil (Christian Slater) but allows him to grow on his own merely nudging him along. Even though not my first choice to have played the character I cannot find any other who would suit the part after seeing the film. Christian Slater plays the protagonist in what must be described as his break through character. His inexperience as an actor shows and once again suits the character who is also quite inexperienced in many ways. He portrays the change and ultimate conflicts of his character well enough and like Connery makes the character his own. Michael Lonsdale is pretty good as well and even though the character is not as well defined as in the book he provides the broad strokes in a satisfactory manner. Feodor Chaliapin Jr. does an excellent job in bringing Jorge to life and matches Connery's authority in their scenes together but once again the character is done in pretty broad strokes and you only get a small taste of what the character was like in the book. F. Murray Abraham's character is not like in the book and even though I was slightly disappointed by the film's portrayal of the character I understand why it was necessary to change the character for dramatic purposes. Ron Perlman who has since gone on to become quite a big star has a small role in this film and he does a decent job.

The film thrives on its complex story (which is nowhere near as complex as in the book) and deep characterization of the main characters who are about as defined as characters can become without internal monologue. There is voice-over by the older version of Christian Slater's character but is basically only used in the introduction and end part of the film and at a few crucial moments. The fantastic characterization is also helped by the incredibly sharp and well written dialog which never gets boring or forced like you could have feared given the religious content. In many scenes the dialog was in fact so good that I got the chills. The film focuses mainly on the mystery elements but the religious elements of the film are somehow weaved into the overall plot but there were plenty more of these religious elements and factors in the book. Overall I think the film should have been at least 15 minutes longer to get more of these elements in but maybe thats just me. However, all the most important plot points (and a few sub-plots) are covered so in that sense the film is successful.

Another thing that works very well is the atmosphere of the film which is very tense and mysterious. The tension is helped by the music which like so many other things in the film is quite unique and fitting. The set work is pretty simple but as it is a monastery you cannot expect the most flamboyant of sets. The sets work in their simplicity, however, and there is really no point of critique to be found in the set work. The lighting is kept at a minimum as well and once again this works in favor of the film as it adds to the overall tension. Sometimes the lighting is a little to dark but it happens so rarely that its not really a problem.

All in all Der Name der Rose (or The Name of the Rose) is a wonderful film but what drags the film down ever so slightly is that it can some times feel a little rushed because of the amount of material it is covering and there were a few elements from the book I would have liked to have seen in the film. In general, however, the cross from book to film is very well done and the overall plot is very well depicted with many tense, frightening and interesting moments. The film is definitely one of Connery's best and it is mainly because of his performance that I am giving the film a 9 in stead of an 8


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