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

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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Sean Connery
as William of Baskerville
Christian Slater
as Adso von Melk
F. Murray Abraham
as Bernardo Gui
Elya Baskin
as Severinus
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
Dwight Weist
as Adso as an Old Man
Franco Valobra
as Jerome of Kaffa
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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Critic Reviews for The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)

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There are so many good things in The Name of the Rose -- the performances, the reconstruction of the period, the over-all feeling of medieval times -- that if the story had been able to really involve us, there would have been quite a movie here.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

August 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

April 19, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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

August 2, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

May 26, 2006 | Full Review…

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

April 22, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

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


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

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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