The Name of the Rose script
Synopsis: In the 14th century, William of Baskerville (Sean Connery), a renowned Franciscan monk, and his apprentice, Adso of Melk (Christian Slater), travel to an abbey where a suspicious death has occurred. Using his deductive powers, William begins investigating what he believes to be murder. During the course of his investigation, several more monks wind up dead. With fear running through the abbey, the church leaders call forth Bernardo Gui (F. Murray Abraham), William's nemesis, to find the truth.

EXT.

ADSO:
I don't like this place.

WILLIAM:
Really? I find it most stimulating.

Come.

Adso, we must not allow ourselves to be

influenced by irrational rumors of the

Antichrist. Let us instead exercise our

brains and try to solve this tantalising

conundrum.

(peasants bring the tithe)

MONK:
"For what thou givest on earth, verily

shalt you receive an hundred-fold in

paradise."

ADSO (V.O):
My master trusted Aristotle, the Greek

philosophers and the faculties of his own

remarkable, logical intelligence.

Unhappily, my fears were not mere phantoms

of my youthful imagination.

(the two come to the tower)

WILLIAM:
A rather dark end for such a brilliant

illuminator.

WILLIAM:
Another generous donation by the Church

to the poor.

Now, what if it wasn't that tower that he

fell from but somewhere over there, and

the body rolled all the way down here?

Adso? No devil needed anymore.

(a stone rolls down)

WILLIAM:
Adso?

No devil needed

(Adso sees a peasant girl)

WILLIAM:
Yes. More blood here.

That's where he fell from. He jumped.

Adso, are you paying attention?

ADSO:
Yes, he jumped.

Jumped? You mean that he committed

suicide?

WILLIAM:
Yes. Why else would someone go up there

at night in the middle of a hailstorm?

Certainly not to admire the landscape.

ADSO:
No. Perhaps... perhaps someone murdered

him.

WILLIAM:
And then toiled all the way up there

with the body?

Easier to get rid of it through that sluice

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Andrew Birkin

Andrew Timothy Birkin (born 9 December 1945) is an English screenwriter, director and occasional actor. He was born the only son of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin and his wife, the actress Judy Campbell. One of his sisters is the actress and singer Jane Birkin. more…

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