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Francesco (1989)

Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi

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Francesco's Mother (as Andrea Ferreol)
Nikolaus Dutsch ...
Cardinal Colonna
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Fabio Bussotti ...
Leone
Riccardo De Torrebruna ...
Pietro Cattani
Matteo Corsini ...
Angelo (as Alekander Dubin)
Edward Farrelly ...
Egidio
Paolo Proietti ...
Pacifico
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Rufino
Diego Ribon ...
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Storyline

The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels' life of poverty. He seeks the Pope's blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair - and ill - he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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22 March 1989 (Italy)  »

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DEM 22,000,000 (estimated)
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Mickey Rourke reputedly donated his entire salary of $1.5m to the Provisional IRA. See more »

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Version of Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) See more »

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Oh, Mickey, You're So Fine
13 February 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I had no problem with Rourke as St. Francis, he does some of his best work here. This is not your typical religious epic, with special effects and doe eyed saints, this is brutal realism with great supporting performances thrown in. I gave this an 8, since this became a little disjointed toward the end.


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