R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
This movie had been speculated to be one of George Lucas' influences behind Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), and that William von Baskerville and Adso of Melk were the influences behind Qui-gon Jinn and Obi-wan Kenobi.
Voice of Adso as an Old Man:
Having reached the end of my poor sinner's life, my hair now white, I prepare to leave on this parchment my testimony as to the wondrous and terrible events that I witnessed in my youth, towards the end of the year of our Lord 1327. May God grant me...
At several points in the film, individuals enter another's cell (room) rather freely. In ancient religious rules, entering another monk's cell without permission was normally forbidden, even punishable by excommunication.
The opening credits read - A palimpsest of Umberto Eco's Novel The Name of the Rose
Certain prints of the movie have the sex scene between Adso and The Girl removed in order to comply with local laws.
English, Italian, Latin, German
$494,571 28 September 1986
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