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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 friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 15 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Also Known As:
"Der Name der Rose" - Italy (original title)
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130 min
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2004) | Australia:M (re-rating) (video) (1987) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) (theatrical release) (1986) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:14 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R15+ (2009) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Among the other actors considered for the movie there were John Huston (Jorge), Jack Palance (Malachia), Adolfo Celi or Philippe Noiret (the Abbott), Jean Rochefort (Bernardo Gui), and Michel Galabru (Remigio).See more »
Anachronisms: The "Secret Passage Door" is welded with a modern welding technique not used until the late 1800 or early 1900's.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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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) (V)See more »

89 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Scarey Days..., 12 February 1999
Author: Noir-5 from London

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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