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The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) (1986)


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Adapted from Umberto Eco's best-selling novel, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose is a 14th century murder-mystery thriller starring Sean Connery as a Sherlock Holmes-esque Franciscan monk called William of Baskerville. When a murder occurs at a secluded Benedictine Abbey, William is called in to investigate. As he and his apprentice, Adson von Melk (Christian Slater), delve deeper and deeper into the case, more dead bodies begin to turn up. Eventually, Bernardo Gui, an

Jul 6, 2004

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For labyrinth-lovers...a thoughtful and entertaining murder mystery predicated on intellectual debate. [Blu-ray]

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

It's really a decent exploitation film disguised as a proper art film.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A great mystery until the end. Connery and Abraham throw sparks each time they meet.

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

the window dressing is not enough to buoy the principle acting

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source:

A spiritual thriller that holds up thanks to its rich themes and great acting

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

How you accept an English monk with a Scottish accent and the mind of a Sherlock Holmes is the question.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A well-played medieval murder mystery, featuring a lot of good-looking men with really bad haircuts.

January 24, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Marvelous adaptation of a complex Umberto Eco novel. Christian Slater's first feature role.

November 29, 2002
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

This real monastery looks as if it were designed by the artist M. C. Escher.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)

One of my favorite films of all time! This little-known film features strong performances from Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham and a strange and unsettling William Hickey. This is probably Christian Slater's first big role, in which there is some momentary full-frontal nudity. I read an article 20 years ago where Slater said he truly regretted exposing himself on film. Well, Mr. Slater -- I don't regret it!
March 29, 2013

Super Reviewer

In this adaptation of Umberto Eco's celebrated novel, Franciscan friar Sean Connery investigates a series of bizarre murders in a monastery in the 14th century. Aside from the rather unusual subject matter, this is a unique film in that it does not feature the usual starlets and pretty boy actors populating a glossy Hollywood-ized version of history; it actually looks and feels like a working Medieval abbey. And as such, the monks will win no beauty competitions! Most of them would look perfectly at home adorning the abbey walls with the rest of the gargoyles! This just adds to the already potent atmosphere, and in one of his best roles, Sean Connery commands the screen as well as the able supporting cast including the ever reliable Ron Perlman as the demented hunchback. The story explores the theme of religious intolerance and climate of hysteria in which a reasonable minded man of learning can find it impossible to function within; "justice" is doled out by self-appointed prophets who dare not be opposed on pain of death, and blind faith and superstition replace logic and reason. Let's face it, things haven't changed much over the centuries. Add some wonderfully literary and witty dialogue and fascinating historical insights, and you have a film that works both as an excellent adaptation and a satisfying murder mystery.
July 12, 2011
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Great atmosphere and mood. An inspiration for Fincher's Alien 3.
July 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

This extremely atmospheric and engrossing story set in a 14th century monastery in Northern Italy is a murder mystery and commentary on medieval church and inquisition at the same time. It perfectly intertwines these two aspects of the plot, carried by an outstanding Sean Connery and the wonderfully odd faces of the monks he is encountering. Following his investigations of the murders is fun and spooky at the same time, James Horner's score makes sure of the latter. The second half may be a bit simplistic in its depiction of good and bad, but that doesn't lessen the deeply satisfying solution to the mystery.
May 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

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