MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,459 this week

The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)
"La leggenda del santo bevitore" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  2 September 1988 (Italy)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 671 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 762 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 11 Feb 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)

The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Legend of the Holy Drinker.
9 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Andreas Kartak
...
Distinguished Gentleman
Sandrine Dumas ...
Gaby
...
Woitech
Sophie Segalen ...
Karoline
Cécile Paoli ...
Fur store seller
Jean-Maurice Chanet ...
Daniel Kanjak
Joseph De Medina ...
Fat man
Francesco Aldighieri ...
Policeman (as Franco Aldighieri)
Françoise Pinkwasser ...
Inn woman
Joséphine Lecaille ...
Fat man's wife
Maria Mazzocco ...
Tari-Bari owner
Dalila Belatreche ...
Thérèse
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 September 1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

La leggenda del santo bevitore  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Allemaal film: De amerikaanse droom (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Vintage stuff
4 September 2001 | by (Barcelona, Catalonia) – See all my reviews

Olmi is one of Europe's last Old Masters in the art of film making. He is usually regarded as a belated neo-realist, but after you've seen "The Legend of the Holy Drinker", you will realize the label simply does not stick. This is a film about spirituality, about communion, one of the most deeply religious movies ever, whose only rivals might be Dreyer's "Ordet" or Bergman's rather pretentious "faith trilogy" ("Through a Glass Darkly", "Winter Light" and "The Silence"). However, you will not find Scandinavian mists or angst in Catholic Olmi's adaptation of the beautiful novella written, oddly enough, by a great Jewish novelist, Joseph Roth. Wine is a metaphor for life, and Paris is a metaphor for our urban world. In this symbolic universe, it takes a great actor to give flesh and blood to the character of Andreas, the holy drinker, a beggar endowed with an amazing sense of dignity. Rutger Hauer was the man for the job: this was his best performance: he was never better, and, to judge from the course his career has taken, I fear he will never be better than in this film. It is not a thriller, but it is thrilling. It takes its own leisurely pace, but goes very far, very deep indeed into the human soul. After so many insipid or unpalatable cinematic concoctions, treat yourself to this film: it truly is vintage stuff.


28 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rare as hens' teeth? meester_lowe
Discuss The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?