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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.

Writers:

Umberto Eco (novel), Andrew Birkin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 15 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

1327. After a mysterious death in a Benedictine Abbey, the monks are convinced that the apocalypse is coming. With the Abbey to play host to a council on the Franciscan's Order's belief that the Church should rid itself of wealth, William of Baskerville, a respected Franciscan friar, is asked to assist in determining the cause of the untimely death. Alas, more deaths occur as the investigation draws closer to uncovering the secret the Abbey wants hidden, and there is finally no stopping the Holy Inquisition from taking an active hand in the process. William and his young novice must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused and avoid the wrath of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Who, in the name of God, is getting away with murder? See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

24 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Name of the Rose See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ITL 30,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$494,571, 28 September 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,153,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,200,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Annaud spent five years prepping the film, traveling throughout the United States and Europe, searching for the perfect multi-ethnic cast with interesting and distinctive faces. See more »

Goofs

When the monks proceed towards the final burning of their prisoners at the stake, they chant. You can see a few monks moving their lips totally unsynchronized. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2004) See more »

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User Reviews

 
"The step between ecstatic vision and sinful frenzy is all too brief."
24 June 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The film opens in 1327, with a Franciscan monk and his young novice arriving to a remote abbey in the dark north of Italy to participate in a crucial debate between the emissaries of Pope John XXII and leaders of the Franciscan order, to decide whether the church should take vows of poverty or wealth...

After a series of murders—attributed to the presence of a supernatural force— that are taking place within the cold walls of the godforsaken battlement, Brother William of Baskerville (Connery) ends up undertaking an investigation to solve the secrets surrounding these unexplainable crimes… All of them bearing blackened fingers and blackened tongues…

What follows, brings William face to face with Bernardo Gui (F. Murray Abraham), the sadistic Grand inquisitor—appointed by the Pope to hunt down and free the Church of heretics—who sees the abbey enshrouded in a terrifying mystery and the devil roaming behind every foul deed… Gui burns every last suspected devil-worshipper in the village, forcing Baskerville to uncover the truth before innocent blood is shed…

As always, Connery lends dignity, intelligence as the acute and prudent monk who has knowledge, both of the human spirit and the wiles of the evil one… Connery plays his role with gusto…

Newcomer Christian Slater plays Connery's faithful sidekick, Adso, the youngest son of the Baron of Melk who sure does like to watch his master at work… One night—expressing fear and confusion— he gets feminine carnal delights from a peasant girl, 'a creature that rose like the dawn, was bewitching as the moon, radiant as the sun, terrible as an army poised for battle…'

For a moment, Ron Perlman steals the show as the heretical hunchbacked monk named Salvatore who is ugly yet phenomenal… His scenes with Abraham are stirring…

"The Name of the Rose" is atmospheric, but disturbing at many levels… Some might say, contradictory, leaving plenty of twists and turns unresolved and unexplained, but the film was a smash hit in Europe… Annaud succeeds in capturing the claustrophobia and panic of being truly lost in the menacing, creepy Dark Ages…


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