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

The Name of the Rose

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In the 14th century, William of Baskerville (Sean Connery), a renowned Franciscan monk, and his apprentice, Adso of Melk (Christian Slater), travel to an abbey where a suspicious death has occurred. Using his deductive powers, William begins investigating what he believes to be murder. During the course of his investigation, several more monks wind up dead. With fear running through the abbey, the church leaders call forth Bernardo Gui (F. Murray Abraham), William's nemesis, to find the truth.

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  • Jan 19, 2019
    At first I was like "Hah, this is some kind of Sherlock Holmes but a priest thing!", and then I was like "Oh, this is some kind of Sherlock Holmes but a priest thing!"
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2012
    You don't have to pay close attention to find that "The Name of the Rose" has a lot of problems. It suffers from having unlikable characters, grotesque situations, narrative hiccups, an inevitable outcome and areas where the director loses focus. It's bathed in gloomy medieval atmosphere and has excellent set and costume design, but this often overpowers the action occurring onscreen. Sometimes the lighting is so dark and murky that it's hard to understand what's happening. Nevertheless, it's an admirable effort at capturing life at a monastery and the moral issues that plagued its monks. Though not executed properly, the concept is brilliant, and there are moments of sheer greatness scattered throughout. Sean Connery is solid in his role and manages to connect with the audience despite a lack of character depth. "The Name of the Rose" falls short in a lot of areas, but I actually found myself deeply immersed in it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2011
    I would have liked a little more exploration into the conflict between the Franciscan order and the Church authority, but its still a fascinating mystery that features a great performance by Sean Connery.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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