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Francesco (1989)

Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi.

Director:

Liliana Cavani

Writers:

Liliana Cavani (story), Liliana Cavani (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Francesco
Helena Bonham Carter ... Chiara
Andréa Ferréol ... Francesco's Mother (as Andrea Ferreol)
Nikolaus Dutsch Nikolaus Dutsch ... Cardinal Colonna
Peter Berling ... Bishop Guido
Hanns Zischler ... Pope Innocent III
Mario Adorf ... Cardinal Ugolino
Paolo Bonacelli ... Francesco's Father
Fabio Bussotti Fabio Bussotti ... Leone
Riccardo De Torrebruna Riccardo De Torrebruna ... Pietro Cattani
Matteo Corsini Matteo Corsini ... Angelo (as Alekander Dubin)
Edward Farrelly Edward Farrelly ... Egidio
Paolo Proietti Paolo Proietti ... Pacifico
Paco Reconti ... Rufino
Diego Ribon Diego Ribon ... Bernardo di Quintavalle
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Storyline

The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels' life of poverty. He seeks the Pope's blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair - and ill - he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Man For All People . . . An Adventure For All Time.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 March 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Francis of Assisi See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Budget:

DEM 22,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut) | (international) | (short)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

This is Liliana Cavani's second pass at the story of Francis of Assisi, having made a film about him in 1966. See more »

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Version of Francis of Assisi (1961) See more »

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Mickey Rourke's Best Film...
12 September 2009 | by stacypulliam27See all my reviews

...or one of them. This is - so far- the best portrayal of Saint Francis of Assisi I have ever seen. I was surprised. I actually cried. But Rourke knows how to move ya believe it or not. Fantastic acting and scenery. The feel is right and the story is based more on basic facts than the usual overly-dramatic, semi-fictional scripts that we see too often from Hollywood produced "bios". This film was shot in Italy and you get a real sense of our dear Saint here. Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal of Saint Clare of Assisi is wonderful. She truly brings Clare to life here - or gives you a sense of realism and passion and true friendship. Unlike the 60's "version" and others - this is the one to see if you want to understand the basics of Francis. I also suggest reading the "Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi" and "The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi" - the latter book written by Saint Bonaventure.


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