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Joan of Arc 

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Spurred by divine voices and visions, a 15th-century teen leads French forces against the English.
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Series cast summary:
Leelee Sobieski ...  Joan d'Arc 3 episodes, 1999
Chad Willett ...  Jean de Metz 3 episodes, 1999
Peter O'Toole ...  Bishop Pierre Cauchon 3 episodes, 1999
Neil Patrick Harris ...  King Charles VII of France / ... 3 episodes, 1999
Powers Boothe ...  Jacques d'Arc 3 episodes, 1999
Ted Atherton ...  Jean d'Estivet 3 episodes, 1999
Peter Strauss ...  La Hire 3 episodes, 1999
Olympia Dukakis ...  Mother Babette 3 episodes, 1999
Robert Loggia ...  Father Monet 3 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Bisset ...  Isabelle d'Arc 3 episodes, 1999
Shirley MacLaine ...  Madame de Beaurevoir 3 episodes, 1999
Maury Chaykin ...  Sir Robert de Baudricourt 3 episodes, 1999
Chandra Engstrom Chandra Engstrom ...  Young Joan 3 episodes, 1999
Robert Haley Robert Haley ...  Georges de la Trémoille 3 episodes, 1999
Matt Hoffman ...  Raymond 3 episodes, 1999
Jonathan Hyde ...  John Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford 3 episodes, 1999
Justin Peroff Justin Peroff ...  Pierre d'Arc 3 episodes, 1999
Maximilian Schell ...  Brother Jean le Maistre 3 episodes, 1999
Ron White ...  Jean de Dunois 3 episodes, 1999
Jaimz Woolvett ...  Philip III, Duke of Burgundy (as Jaimz Wolvett) 3 episodes, 1999
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Joan of Arc is born in 1412 in the village of Domrémy in the war zone of Northern France. During her youth she often witnesses the horrors of war, but her spirit is kept high by the legend of the Maiden of Lorraine. This says that a young maiden one day will unite the divided country and lead the people to freedom. 11 years old she starts hearing voices from Saint Catherine and Archangel Michael. Through them she is commissioned by God to go to Prince Charles in Chinon, to convince him to become the King of France and drive the English occupants away. Charles thinks that Joan could be the catalyst that animates his disheartened troops. He commissions her to lead the army together with captain La Hire. After their victory at Orléans Joan participates in the coronation of Charles in Reims. Bishop Cauchon accuses her of heresy, and is relocated to Northern France, where he associates with the English occupants. Joan breaks Charles treaty with Burgundy by attacking Paris. Her troops are ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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She died at 19. 500 years later her legend lives on! See more »


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1999 (USA) See more »

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Joan of Arc See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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(3 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Despite her character being nineteen years old, Leelee Sobieski was only sixteen when filming See more »

Goofs

When Joan is shot by the arrow at Orleans, as she falls off her horse and tumbles down, her sword sheath bends as if though there is no sword inside it. In the next close-up shot, you can see her sword is back inside. See more »

Quotes

Joan D'Arc: Why are you punishing me for talking to God?
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Alternate Versions

The DVD (180 minutes) is the complete miniseries, as it contains 40 minutes cut from the VHS, which is 140 minutes. See more »

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Version of Das Mädchen Johanna (1935) See more »

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Panis Angelicus
Written by César Franck
Arranged by Julian Smith
Performed by Charlotte Church
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
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Best thing on television in a long time
9 November 1999 | by steve.schonbergerSee all my reviews

It's not often that television movies compete with big screen productions, but this one does.

Leelee Sobieski's performance is one of the best I've seen by a young actress. She really looked like someone who had seen a vision of divine power, and yet she also looked like a young girl, driven beyond her personal strength by the force of the visions. Many of the other performances were good also, but hers was so outstanding that the others paled next to hers.

The script writers took some creative license with the history. In some cases they did it for length and clarity, improving the storytelling at the expense of the history. In other cases, I didn't see how the story as written improved on the story as understood by history (although they didn't weaken the story either). But overall, the story was excellent storytelling and still good history. And since Leelee's performance was so spectacular, it was good that the script kept her on screen through most of the story.

The battle scenes show how medieval warfare was often more a matter of morale than casualties or tactics. They manage to capture the mood and chaos of battle, without the unnecessary gore that would make the movie inappropriate for children (or television). Most important, the battles feel like they're decided by the morale of the soldiers, and that those soldiers' morale depends on the presence of Joan.

This movie far outclasses almost all television movie-making. Even by the tougher standards of big screen movies, it's still an excellent movie. It makes me want to see more about the Joan of Arc story.


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