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The Conclave (2006)

In 1458, five years after the fall of Constantinople to the Turk, eighteen cardinals met in Rome to elect a new pope. A 27-year-old Spanish cardinal, Rodrigo Borgia, learns to play a very dangerous game; how to survive his first conclave.


Christoph Schrewe


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manu Fullola ... Rodrigo Borgia
Brian Blessed ... Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini
James Faulkner ... Cardinal Guillaume D'Estouteville
Rolf Kanies ... Cardinal Bessarion
Holger Kunkel Holger Kunkel ... Cardinal Alain D'Avignon
Peter Guinness ... Cardinal Latino Orsini
Nicholas Irons Nicholas Irons ... Prospero Colonna
Brian Downey ... Cardinal Juan De Mella
Lolo Herrero Lolo Herrero ... Pedro Luis Borgia
Gaetano Carotenuto Gaetano Carotenuto ... Captain Gaetono
Matthias Koeberlin Matthias Koeberlin ... Guiliano Della Rovere
Nora Tschirner ... Vanozza
Joseph Rutten Joseph Rutten ... Pope Calixtus III (as Joe Rutten)
Andrew Keilty Andrew Keilty ... Young Priest
Stacy Smith ... Pantasilia (as Stacey Smith)


No cardinal other than Silvius Aeneas Piccolomini ever recorded the secret courtroom-like proceedings of a papal conclave. Based on his diary, "The Conclave" brings to life the gripping and surprisingly relevant events of the Conclave of 1458. Written by Brother Randor

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In the Holy See domestic affairs can be deadly

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Release Date:

16 February 2007 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

O Conclave See more »


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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Rodrigo Borgia is accurately portrayed as a 27 year old. The conclave is the one that took place in 1458. See more »

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Straightforward retelling of history
2 October 2017 | by saulih-58087See all my reviews

The movie opens with a gratuitous (some might say obligatory) sex scene that seems out of step with the rest of the film. Once it gets going though the film is a good watch. This is not a movie for action enthusiasts, as the real action is in the politicking of high stakes, winner-take-all diplomatic drama. Acting was believable from almost all quarters with Brian Blessed as Piccolomini being my favorite. I was waiting for some major plot twist, but before I knew it the credits were rolling.

In the end, the movie was a straightforward account that I enjoyed for the history more than the storytelling.

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