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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
"Joan of Arc" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  12 November 1999 (USA)
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A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stéphane Algoud ...
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English Judge
David Barber ...
English Judge
Christian Barbier ...
Timothy Bateson ...
English Judge
David Begg ...
Nobleman - Rouen's Castle
Christian Bergner ...
Andrew Birkin ...
English Judge
John Boswall ...
Old Priest
Matthew Bowyer ...
The Bludgeoned French Soldier
Domremy's Priest
Bruce Byron ...


In 1412, a young girl called Jeanne is born in Domrémy, France. The times are hard: The Hunderd Years war with England has been going on since 1337, English knights and soldiers roam the country. Jeanne develops into a very religious young woman, she confesses several times a day. At the age of 13, she has her first vision and finds a sword. When coming home with it, she finds the English leveling her home town. Years after that, in 1428, she knows her mission is to be ridding France of the English and so sets out to meet Charles, the Dauphin. In his desperate military situation, he welcomes all help and gives the maiden a chance to prove her divine mission. After the successful liberation of Orléans and Reims, the Dauphin can be crowned traditionally in the cathedral of Reims - and does not need her anymore, since his wishes are satisfied. Jeanne d'Arc gets set up in his trap and is imprisoned by the Burgundians. In a trial against her under English law, she can't be forced to tell ... Written by Julian Reischl <>

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Rated R for strong graphic battles, a rape and some language | See all certifications »

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FRF 390,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,360,968 (USA) (12 November 1999)


£94,012 (UK) (10 March 2000)

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Giles de Rais (Vincent Cassel's character) was a real person who after the war and Joan's death retired to his lands. Years later, he was arrested for the murder of more than a hundred young boys and was executed. Some historians believe that his crimes became the basis for the French fairy tale "Bluebeard" about a rich man who murders his wives and hides their bodies in his grand house. See more »


In one fight, a man cuts off another's arm. He hits him in the forearm with the sword but you can clearly see the arm come off much higher towards the shoulder. Also, you can see a splatter of blood for a moment on the lower left of the screen where it hit the camera lens. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: 1420. Henry V, King of England, and Charles VI, King of France, sign the Treaty of Troyes. The treaty states that the kingdom of France will belong to England upon the king's death. But the two kings die a few months apart. Henry VI is the new king of England and of France, but he is only a few months old. Charles VII, the Dauphin of France, has no intention to abandon his kingdom to a child nor even to his tutor, the Duke of Bedford. A bloody war begins and the English, along with...
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My Heart Calling
Lyrics and Music by Eric Serra and Noa
Produced by Eric Serra
Performed by Noa
With the Special Authorization of Interscope/Geffen
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Milla was simply breathtaking as Joan
31 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Some movies would probably try to make a more divine spirit out of Joan but at least Besson examines all possibilities as regards to what inspired her. I think it was as honest a film you could make about Joan. Her quest for revenge combined with tremendous belief in the forces above that ignited her fire. Through Dustin Hoffman the viewer can question her motives and get her response. And what a performance! Milla was simply breathtaking as Joan.

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