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

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A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

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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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

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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)

Opening Weekend:

£94,012 (UK) (10 March 2000)

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£94,012 (UK) (10 March 2000)
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The last film of Joseph O'Conor. See more »

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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 »

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Aulon: But how do you know that these voices aren't just really you?
Joan of Arc: They are me. That's how God speaks to me. Even you could hear them if you listened hard enough.
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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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The absolute worst movie since the remake of 1984
28 November 1999 | by (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

The concept of the story of the Maid of Lorraine was prime material for a epic of "Ten Commandments" proportion. Unfortunately it opened on the heels of a TV mini-series which may have stolen some of its thunder. The cinematography was excellent and the battle scenes were as gory as those in Saving Private Ryan - probably very much as they actually were. Most of the supporting actors were excellent. The "poetic license" that was taken with the real story took away from the intent of the movie. The "mystical scenes" where Joan was hearing voices or getting spiritual revelations were more like Natural Born Killers meet the Dark Ages. Oliver Stone must have been consulted on these. The historical inaccuracies were abundant, such at the disgusting rape of Joan's sister, which she, in actuality, did not have. We know little of the appearance of the relevations she had, but I am sure they were nothing like depicted - which evidently had some hidden meaning that the average movie goer will never be able to figure out.

The movie was destroyed by the Mila Jovovich as Joan. Most of the scences with her resembled footage from the Blair Witch Project more than a portrayal of St. Joan of Arc. She has little acting ability and her overdone performance absolutely ruined the movie. I do not feel that someone as strong as Joan and as religiously committed would have continually been on the verge of hysteria almost to the point of having a seizure.

I still do not know what compelled me to sit through the whole movie. I have not seen anything this bad since the early 1980's remake of 1984.

Had the movie paid more attention to historical data, de-emphasized those "speculated" vision scenes, and used a legitimate actress - like Leelee Sobieski in the TV mini-series - this movie would have been a great success.

This movie portrayed Joan as a confused, hysterical, psychotic. The real Joan would have never been able to accomplish what she did, even to the point of being martyred with such spiritual and confident serenity if she was actually like the movie Joan.

Use your bonus rental at your favorite video store rather than pay good money to see this bit of glitzy trash.


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