Francesco (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  22 March 1989 (Italy)
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Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesco's Mother (as Andrea Ferreol)
Nikolaus Dutsch ...
Cardinal Colonna
Peter Berling ...
Hanns Zischler ...
Mario Adorf ...
Paolo Bonacelli ...
Fabio Bussotti ...
Riccardo De Torrebruna ...
Pietro Cattani
Matteo Corsini ...
Angelo (as Alekander Dubin)
Edward Farrelly ...
Paolo Proietti ...
Diego Ribon ...


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 <>

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A Man For All People . . . An Adventure For All Time.

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Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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22 March 1989 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

St. Francis of Assisi  »

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DEM 22,000,000 (estimated)

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This is Liliana Cavani's second pass at the story of Francis of Assisi, having made a film about him in 1966. See more »


Version of The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) See more »

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Not for stupid (or superficial) people.
16 April 2001 | by (Caluso, Italy.) – See all my reviews

The first comment i've read about "Francesco" talks about the fact that Mickey Rourke would be totally miscast in the role. Well, this consideration is totally wrong. This reviewer forget that Francesco, before the 'illumination', was a very rich man, and he wanted to fight to prove to himself and to his family that he was able in doing something important. So the choice of Rourke is really o.k., because in the first part of the movie he is believable as a rich man full of doubts and then in the second part of the movie well, you know, he is one of the most talented actors of the century and so is sensibility in this way simply do the rest. I haven't seen the american version of the movie (probably cut by producers), but the complete italian version is a real kept promise. Liliana Cavani has made a great movie that remember to all of us how many important things an open-minded man like Francesco can teach.

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