Joan of Arc (1999)

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A literal interpretation of the oft-produced biography of 15th century historical heroine Joan d'Arc, this four-hour television miniseries version of Joan's story is lavishly produced. In a tiny village during the Hundred Years' War, teenager Joan d'Arc (Leelee Sobieski) has been raised by her parents, flinty Peter (Powers Boothe) and Isabelle (Jacqueline Bisset), amidst the wreckage continually wrought by British incursions into the area. A devout girl, Joan experiences visions of St. Catherine, which lead her to believe that she may be the "Maid of Orleans," a mythical figure who will lead France to victory over its enemies. Counseled by local priest Father Monet (Robert Loggia), Joan pursues her destiny in spite of her father's wishes. At first supported only by lowly commoners, Joan comes to the attention of the Dauphin, King Charles (Neil Patrick Harris). Together with his scheming advisor Bishop Cauchon (Emmy-winner Peter O'Toole), Charles uses Joan to unite his quarreling factions. Skeptical but superstitious, Charles' generals, including La Hire (Peter Strauss) are eventually won over by Joan's startling victories. But awaiting Joan is a disastrous Parisian campaign and Charles' betrayal.
Rating:
NR (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Special Interest , Television , Faith & Spirituality
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Artisan Entertainment

Cast

Peter O'Toole
as Bishop Cauchon
Peter Strauss
as La Hire
Olympia Dukakis
as Mother Babette
Powers Boothe
as Jacques
Robert Loggia
as Father Monet
Shirley MacLaine
as Madame De Beaurevoir
Maury Chaykin
as Sir Robert De Baudricourt
Jonathan Hyde
as Duke Of Bedford
Maximilian Schell
as Brother John Le'Maitre
Cliff Saunders
as Bertrand De Poligny
Ron White
as Dunois
Chandra Engstrom
as Young Joan
Ted Atherton
as Jean D'Estivet
Klára Issová
as Michael's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Joan of Arc

All Critics (9)

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December 1, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

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December 26, 2006
www.susangranger.com

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June 19, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sobieski doesn't have a clue.

July 29, 2004
FilmsInReview.com

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June 11, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

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July 26, 2003
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Joan of Arc

This adaptation of "Joan of Arc" is just barely watchable thanks to solid production values, the power of the original story, and a surprisingly good performance from, of all people, Peter O'Toole. Unfortunately, the editing of the film is utterly incompetent, awkwardly flailing through the plot and battle sequences in fits and starts. Dialogue is distractingly anachronistic, and the interpretation of Joan is a middling portrayal which casts a bit of doubt into Joan's character, but doesn't really stake any significant claim on her in any which way. Because of this, Joan is robbed of most of her intrigue and power as a historical figure. She becomes a mere pawn of powerful men, not the paradigm breaking figure who demands to be reckoned with. Also, several important sequences are historically altered in ways that are detrimental to the power and impact of the story. (I'm looking at you, horrendously underdone betrayal scene/atrociously overwrought siege of Paris) This could have been phenomenal, but awful editing and scripting kills this endeavor to capture the mystique of the Maid of Orleans.

Eric Marcy
Eric Marcy

Visually decent, this rushed, unemotional, mediocre attempt is derailed completely by a simplistically modern and uneven script, and otherwise undone by a shockingly vacant Sobieski heading a name brand cast all phoning it in. Skip it. Boring yuk - unless you need help sleeping.. half star of 5

Thomas Porter
Thomas Porter
½

See the Milla Jovovich version. Spielberg produced this one I think.

Sean Gillespie
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