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The Name of the Rose (1986)

Der Name der Rose (original title)
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

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Umberto Eco (novel), Andrew Birkin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 15 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... William von Baskerville
Christian Slater ... Adso von Melk
Helmut Qualtinger ... Remigio de Varagine
Elya Baskin ... Severinus
Michael Lonsdale ... Der Abt
Volker Prechtel ... Malachia
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Jorge de Burgos
William Hickey ... Ubertino de Casale
Michael Habeck ... Berengar
Urs Althaus ... Venantius
Valentina Vargas ... Das Mädchen
Ron Perlman ... Salvatore
Leopoldo Trieste ... Michele da Cesena
Franco Valobra Franco Valobra ... Jerome of Kaffa
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Hugh of Newcastle
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Storyline

14. century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence which is considerable. Written by yusufpiskin

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A story of unholy murder. See more »


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In spite of the original book's commercial and critical success, writer Umberto Eco was irked by its popularity compared to his other novels, which he regarded as much superior but never achieved the same level of fame. A few years before his death, Eco called Il Nome Della Rosa "his worst novel" and claimed: "I hate this book and I hope you hate it too. I have written six novels, the last five are better but [...] the most famous is always the first one." As of 2019, none of Eco's other novels has received a movie adaptation. See more »

Goofs

At 1 hour, 48 minutes and 13 seconds, when brother Jorge de Burgos is speaking in the chapel, the "preservation, I say, not search for" shot shows his right eye a clear. The contact lens to make his eye like a blind man is missing. It is back with the next closeup shot of his face and missing again at the next shot showing his face when he speaks "that the bloody-eyed and cloven-hoofed Antichrist". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Voice of Adso as an Old Man: Having reached the end of my poor sinner's life, my hair now white, I prepare to leave on this parchment my testimony as to the wondrous and terrible events that I witnessed in my youth, towards the end of the year of our Lord 1327. May God grant me the wisdom and grace to be the faithful chronicler of the happenings that took place in a remote abbey in the dark north of Italy. An abbey whose name it seems, even now, pious and prudent to omit.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits read - A palimpsest of Umberto Eco's Novel The Name of the Rose See more »

Alternate Versions

Certain prints of the movie have the sex scene between Adso and The Girl removed in order to comply with local laws. See more »

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Flawless book, almost flawless film
18 August 2003 | by mightymarinerSee all my reviews

I've been enjoying films for 20 years now, and this is the first comment I've put on any film website. I've always had the mickey taken out of me for loving this film, and it's right up there amongst my favourites of a very eclectic bunch. Why? Well, firstly and I have to say, very importantly, it's taken from the finest piece of modern literature I've read. Umberto Eco's novel has such mammoth scope of subject matter and detail, it is was always going to be extremely hard to put into film (Dune anyone??), and Annaud certainly doesn't succeed in every way, but my lord he gives it a damn good go. The film quite rightly focusses on the human story within the book of a group of murders committed at an Italian abbey in the 14th Century, and the ongoing search for the purpetrator, by a Franciscan monk and his apprentice. The book encompasses many other issues and plotlines, which could not be fitted into the film. The three screenwriters do an excellent job, of filming the almost impossible to within 2 hours or so. Most importantly to me, the cinematography and set are sublime, almost unsurpassed in modern film to my mind, and still to this day amazing. I've always found that many non movie-lovers remember this film, for good or bad. The main reason for me is that it recreates so impressively the period it represents. Tonino Delli Colli, I salute you. The production team deserves a similar merit for bringing together what was in essence an European co-production, whilst not forgetting the biggest exterior set built in Europe since "Cleopatra". Step forward Dante Ferreti. I salute you too. 0.1 of a mark off for the editing, but let's not dwell on that. The acting is, bar none, marvellous, with even Christian Slater in his first main role putting up an extremely decent stab of being an apprentice monk.

I like a good whodunnit, but I adore a whodunnit which throws in the visual magnificence of a different age, top notch performances, a script taken from a extraordinary source, and assured directing. 10 out of 10, and my mates can carry on taking the mickey out of me.

So in summary, I'll leave it to the director himself.. `When I see a film, I love it when I'm entertained, when I care for the actors, when I share their emotions, when I'm scared, when I'm in love, but also if I learn a little something, if I have the feeling that I haven't seen something before, and that's what `The Name of the Rose' has.'


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West Germany | Italy | France

Language:

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Release Date:

24 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ITL30,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$494,571, 28 September 1986

Gross USA:

$7,153,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,153,487
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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