It is 1327 at a Benedictine abbey in Italy whose monks are convinced the apocalypse is at hand. The abbey is set to host a council on the Franciscan Order's belief that the Church should rid itself of its wealth. William of Baskerville (Connery), a respected Franciscan, is asked to investigate an untimely death at the abbey, and he brings his youthful Watson, Adso von Melk (Slater) in tow. More deaths ensue, however, and William and Adso find themselves in a race against time to solve the case and not only save lives but avoid the necessity of calling in the Holy Inquisitor, Bernardo Gui (Abraham), to settle the mess. Various misshapen monks people this rich film, which is a fairly mainstream adaptation of Umberto Eco's magical novel, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Quest for Fire, The Bear, The Lover). Connery is magnificent, and 16-year-old Slater, in only his second film, has a deliciously erotic nude scene with a young woman.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
Atmosphere is in a very important role in this Monestry murder mystery. Concentrating mainly on the mystery, but featuring all sorts of elements, this film really turns out as a winner. One of the best films of the 80's.
The review of this Movie prepared by Tero Hakulinen
Based (very loosely) on Umberto Eco's novel of the same name, “The Name of the Rose” brings to the screen some of the conundrums and puzzles of the book--but in much
simpler--and easier to understand--terms. Sean Connery plays a priest on a conclave mission; when he arrives, murder is indeed aloft, and the nimble Brother begins to sort out the mayhem. Along with his novice assistant (played by Christian Slater), Connery finds himself in the maze of labyrinths, with its passageways leading into very dangerous territory, not only for himself but for members of the Catholic Church. The secrets of all the deaths--there's more than one--seems to lie in the very private library of the abbey. Naturally, there are secret passages and secret relationships as all the good Brothers arae
not quite as they seem. F. Murray Abraham puts in a strong performance as the Inquisitor, sent to route out--and punish--all the sinners. Graphically photographed, the
movie is not for the faint of heart!
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs