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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Excellent movie. It provides a very realistic look at what those times must have been like...the terror of the inquisition, the harshness of life, and the suspicions of anything out of the ordinary. Connery and Slater were good together. I appreciated too that the plot followed the book fairly well.
Very well written and superbly acted. The mystery of mysteries concerning the early church. What terribly difficult times those were to live through. The Inquisitioners were brutually quick to pass a judgment and/or sentence that was not reversible showing how cruel the early church was and how much power those higher up in the hierarchy had.
This is a very dismal movie. I've never seen so many scary-looking people in one cast and it's not even a horror movie. However, it tells a good, but horrifying, story. The set designs, especially the labyrinth, are intriguing and the dialogue is excellent.