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The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)

La leggenda del santo bevitore (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 September 1988 (Italy)
An alcoholic homeless man is given two hundred francs by a stranger, who requests that when he can he will return the money to Saint Therese in the cathedral.

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Ermanno Olmi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Andreas Kartak
Anthony Quayle ... Distinguished Gentleman
Sandrine Dumas ... Gaby
Dominique Pinon ... Wojtech
Sophie Segalen Sophie Segalen ... Karoline
Jean-Maurice Chanet Jean-Maurice Chanet ... Daniel Kaniak
Cécile Paoli Cécile Paoli ... Fur store seller
Francesco Aldighieri Francesco Aldighieri ... Policeman (as Franco Aldighieri)
Joseph De Medina Joseph De Medina ... Fat man
Françoise Pinkwasser Françoise Pinkwasser ... Inn woman
Joséphine Lecaille Joséphine Lecaille ... Fat man's wife
Maria Mazzocco Maria Mazzocco ... Tari-Bari owner
Dalila Belatreche Dalila Belatreche ... Thérèse
Claude Kolton Claude Kolton
Jacques Pasternak Jacques Pasternak
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An alcoholic homeless man is given two hundred francs by a stranger, who requests that when he can he will return the money to Saint Therese in the cathedral.

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French | English

Release Date:

2 September 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del santo bebedor See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Robert De Niro was approached for the role of Andreas, but he turned down the offer because he was not convinced about the project. See more »

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Referenced in L'albero delle parole (Ermanno Olmi a Barcelona) (2018) See more »

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A film which gives the audience time to think.
14 November 2003 | by duinnuk2See all my reviews

This simple tale is told at a pace which allows the audience time to reflect within the context of the moral challenges it presents. The result is a level of engagement far superior to the gamut of empty sophistication in the movie world. One is able to explore the implications of the actions and decisions of Hauer's character without leaving the narrative - there is no pressure for post viewing reflection when the spell of the film is broken and thought is coloured by a context inappropriate to the narrative. Here is a complete experience - moving, profound and visually beautiful - if only Hollywood could produce cinema of this standard.


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