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 inquisitor played by F. Murray Abraham gets involved, but he may not have the best intentions. Sean Connery's performance earned him the award for Best Actor at the 1988 British Academy Awards. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Nelson Entertainment

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Cast

Christian Slater
as Adso von Melk
Sean Connery
as William of Baskerville
Ron Perlman
as Salvatore
Michael Lonsdale
as The Abbot
Valentina Vargas
as The Girl
William Hickey
as Ubertino de Casale
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Hugh of Newcastle
Andrew Birkin
as Cuthbert of Winchester
Michael Habeck
as Berengar
Peter Berling
as Jean d'Anneaux
F. Murray Abraham
as Bernardo Gui
Leopoldo Trieste
as Michele de Cesena
Elya Baskin
as Severinus
Dwight Weist
as Adso as an Old Man
Franco Diogene
as Papal Envoy
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
as Jorge de Burgos
Michel Lonsdale
as The Abbot
Gianni Rizzo
as Papal Envoy
Francesco Maselli
as Swineherd
Alberto Capone
as Executioner
Peter Welz
as Nero
Urs Althaus
as Venantius
Helmut Qualtinger
as Remigio de Varagine
Donal O'Brien
as Pietro d'Assisi
Carlo Bianchino
as Papal Guard
Volker Prechtel
as Malachia
Franco Marino
as Inquisition Guard
Vittorio Zarfati
as Papal Envoy
Franco Valobra
as Jerome of Kaffa
Pietro Ceccarelli
as Inquisition Guard
Emil Feist
as Swineherd
Mark Bellinghaus
as Jorge's Novice
Lucien Bodard
as Cardinal Bertrand
Eugenio Bonardi
as Inquisition Guard
Pete Lancaster
as Bishop of Alborea
Ennio Lollainni
as Swineherd
Renato Nebolini
as Swineherd
Gina Poli
as Papal Envoy
Hans Schoedel
as Inquisition Guard
Donal O'Brian
as Pietro d'Assisi
Antonio Cetta
as Peasant
Mauro Leoni
as Peasant
Giodano Falzoni
as Papal Envoy
Eckehard Koch
as Papal Envoy
Lothar Schonbrodt
as Papal Envoy
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

Umberto Eco seems unduly dismissive of a film that had to excise his postmodern trappings and scholarly sidebars. But it hasn't just been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, albeit in a streamlined way, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.

Full Review… | August 31, 2016
Suite101.com

...a misbegotten adaptation that rarely manages to justify its very existence.

Full Review… | April 18, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
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

Muddled murder mystery, though Sean Connery is absolutely first-rate.

Full Review… | February 11, 2015
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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!

Christian C
Christian C

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Great atmosphere and mood. An inspiration for Fincher's Alien 3.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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