R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
Amongst the other actors considered for the movie were John Huston (Jorge), Jack Palance (Malachia), Adolfo Celi or Philippe Noiret (the Abbott), Jean Rochefort (Bernardo Gui), and Michel Galabru (Remigio).
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...
Near the beginning, when the abbot comes into the cell where William of Baskerville is alone (Adso having left to seek the necessarium), the abbot greets him with "Pax vobiscum" - but this is the plural form for addressing more than one person. It is taken from the start of each Holy Office, when the abbot would be addressing the choir monks as a group. He should have said "Pax tecum", with William's response being correct as "Et cum spiritu tuo".
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, Latin, Italian
$494,571 28 September 1986