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Joseph Desa (1962)

The Reluctant Saint (original title)
In 17th century Italy, a simple and clumsy young man joins a Franciscan order, pursues full priesthood and performs a miracle that eventually ensures his sainthood.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Giuseppe
Ricardo Montalban ... Father Raspi
Lea Padovani ... Giuseppe's Mother
Akim Tamiroff ... Bishop Durso
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Father Giovanni
Arnoldo Foà ... Felixa - Giuseppe's Father
Carlo Croccolo ... The Gobbo - the Hunchback
Giulio Bosetti Giulio Bosetti ... Brother Orlando
Armand Mestral
Elisa Cegani Elisa Cegani ... Sister
Giacomo Rossi Stuart
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Examining Prelate
Odoardo Spadaro Odoardo Spadaro
Mino Doro Mino Doro
Bruno Cattaneo Bruno Cattaneo
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Storyline

Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to study for the priesthood. But this is only the first of many surprises from the man who would become Saint Joseph Cupertino. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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The picture that's got everything ! ... plus the surprise of your life !


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

2 November 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein sonderbarer Heiliger See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dmytryk-Weiler See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Maximilien Schell's favourite film. See more »

Quotes

Bishop: Brother Giuseppe! I knew you'd be here someday.
Giuseppe: [overjoyed that the Bishop remembers him] Your Excellency.
Bishop: How are the lambs?
Giuseppe: Oh, they are sheep now, your Excellency.
Bishop: Oh yes, of course. Has it been that long? And the studies - they've been hard, eh?
Giuseppe: [sighs and nods] But mostly I miss the stables. That's where I really belong, I shouldn't be here.
Bishop: Let me be the judge of that, Giuseppe. There will be many lost sheep to care for.
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Opening Credits include: "The story you are about to see is true in its essential details" and "Cupertino, Italy 1623" See more »

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Wanting to know more. . .
19 June 2003 | by fanaticitaSee all my reviews

I rented this video because I wanted to know more about the Franciscan saint Joseph of Cupertino. The director chose to have Schell portray the saint as a kind of bumbling fool, which in my opinion was a directorial mistake. Joseph's simplicity was from within, and that part of the self comes with depth. Schell certainly is an actor who has the capacity for great artistic work and throughout his career has delivered stunning performances. What a shame that the director didn't allow Schell to bring more depth to the character of Joseph of Cupertino.


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