The Reluctant Saint (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Reluctant Saint1962

The Reluctant Saint (1962)





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Giuseppe is a simple-minded peasant in this uneven story of religious miracles. His worried mother sends him to his brother at a monastery, where he eventually become a man of the cloth. When he prays to a broken statue of the Madonna, the newly ordained priest miraculously floats on air.


Lea Padovani
as Francesca Desa
Harold Goldblatt
as Father Giovanni
Arnoldo Foà
as Felixa Desa
Giulio Bosetti
as Brother Orlando
Elisa Cegani
as Sister Nunziata
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Critic Reviews for The Reluctant Saint

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Could almost be viewed as a spiritual sequel of sorts, or at least a follow-up, to Rossellini's The Flowers of Saint Francis.

January 8, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…

[The] only unexpected factor was Maximilian Schell's performance as the saint: such mugging, such "telegraphing" ... It was hard to believe that this was the actor whose performance I had admired in Judgment at Nuremberg.

May 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Never boring.

March 26, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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