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Francesco (1989)

Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi

Director:

Liliana Cavani

Writers:

Liliana Cavani (story), Liliana Cavani (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Francesco
Helena Bonham Carter ... Chiara
Andréa Ferréol ... Francesco's Mother (as Andrea Ferreol)
Nikolaus Dutsch Nikolaus Dutsch ... Cardinal Colonna
Peter Berling ... Bishop Guido
Hanns Zischler ... Pope Innocent III
Mario Adorf ... Cardinal Ugolino
Paolo Bonacelli ... Francesco's Father
Fabio Bussotti Fabio Bussotti ... Leone
Riccardo De Torrebruna Riccardo De Torrebruna ... Pietro Cattani
Matteo Corsini Matteo Corsini ... Angelo (as Alekander Dubin)
Edward Farrelly Edward Farrelly ... Egidio
Paolo Proietti Paolo Proietti ... Pacifico
Paco Reconti ... Rufino
Diego Ribon Diego Ribon ... Bernardo di Quintavalle
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Storyline

The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels' life of poverty. He seeks the Pope's blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair - and ill - he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Man For All People . . . An Adventure For All Time.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 March 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Francis of Assisi See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 22,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Karol Film,Royal Film,Rai 1 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut) | (international) | (short)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

This is Liliana Cavani's second pass at the story of Francis of Assisi, having made a film about him in 1966. See more »

Connections

Version of Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) See more »

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Not the complete film in the US!
27 January 2009 | by joerg71@juno.comSee all my reviews

My rating does not relate to the film itself but to the DVD release available in the US. I saw this film when it was released in Europe in the movie theater, and therefore know that in the present US DVD release there is a significant portion of this film missing. Let alone the fact that it's full screen. In the original film as a crusader Francisco committed severely violent acts before converting to religion. These scenes are all missing from the Trinity DVD release. For the sake of Christian propaganda this film has been mutilated! Unfortunately there is no complete English version available. There is an Italian/Greek version out there that's supposedly uncut and letterboxed.


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