The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)

1986

The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)

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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

Cast

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