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Name of the Rose, The (1986)


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Three 1/2 out of Five

Movie

Rating: R
Length: 131 minutes

Video

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Audio

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Captions

English, French, Spanish

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Plot

There's something mysterious and evil happening at an Italian abbey, including murder, that have some believing that the apocalypse is near. Two Franciscan Monks, one an intellectual (Connery) and the other his trainee (Slater), arrive and offer to try to help solve the mystery.

Pros

Any film starring Sean Connery is worth a look and for the first 110 minutes or so this is a very captivating movie. They manage to dig through the clues to solve, what Connery is positive is, a natural crime not the apocalypse. The mystery is going great, wonderful characters show up on the scene including an inquisitor from the Catholic church, Connery's background is explained and just when it's getting ready to pop.....

Cons

.....the finale arrives. The reason for the crimes is just silly, though the way they laid out the clues during the movie was good, and the "ending" was just too over-the-top.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary By Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Making-Of Documentary (In German With English Subtitles)
  • "Photo Video Journey" With Jean-Jacques Annaud

Recommendation

This is a great film all the way up to the finale. This movie is based on a book, maybe the finale was much more captivating to the reader than to this audience member. Don't let this keep you from watching it, just don't get your hopes up too high.

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Actors

Urs Althaus - Venantius
Elya Baskin - Severinus
[2010]
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. - Jorge de Burgos
Sean Connery - William of Baskerville
[Diamonds are Forever, Dr. No, Entrapment, From Russia With Love, The Hunt For Red October, Gold Finger, Indiana Jones III, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Rock, Thunderball, The Untouchables, The Wind and the Lion, You Only Live Twice]
Vernon Dobtcheff - Hugh of Newcastle
[Anne of a Thousand Days, The Scarlet and the Black, The Spy Who Loved Me]
Michael Habeck - Berengar
William Hickey - Ubertino da Casale
[The Nightmare Before Christmas]
Michael Lonsdale - The Abbot
[The Bunker, Moonraker, Ronin]
Ron Perlman - Salvatore
[Alien Resurrection, Blade II, Enemy at the Gates, Hellboy, Hellboy II, Ice Pirates, In the Name of the King, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Sleepwalkers, Titan A.E.]
Volker Prechtel - Malachia
Helmut Qualtinger - Remigio da Varagine
Christian Slater - Adso of Melk
[3000 Miles to Graceland, Alone in the Dark, Broken Arrow, Heathers, Interview with the Vampire, Mindhunters, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, True Romance, Windtalkers]
Leopoldo Trieste - Michele da Cesena
[Caligula]
Franco Valobra - Jerome of Kaffa
Valentina Vargas - The Girl

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