The Name of the Rose

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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Production: Nelson Entertainment
  Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 15 wins & 5 nominations.
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130 min


(a man is lying on the floor)

That is Ubertino de Casale... one of the

great spiritual leaders of our order.


Many revere him as a living saint... but

others would have him burnt as a heretic.

His book on the poverty of the clergy is

not favored reading in the papal palaces.

So, now he lives in hiding like an outlaw.

Fellow Franciscans... you must leave this

place at once. The devil is roaming this


Ubertino... it's William. William of


William...? No. No. William is dead.

William, my son... forgive me.

We had lost trace of you for so long.

I tried very hard to be forgotten.

When we heard of your troubles... I prayed

to our Virgin for a miracle.

Then your prayers met with a favorable


This is my young novice, Adso of Melk.

His father has entrusted me with his

education and welfare.

You must get him out of here at once!

Have you not heard, the devil is hurling

beautiful boys out of windows?

There was something feminine...

something diabolical about the young

one who died. He had the eyes of a girl

seeking intercourse with the devil.

Beware of this place. The beast is still

among us. I can sense him now, here...

within these very walls. I'm afraid,

William... for you, for me... for the

outcome of this debate.

Oh, my son. The times we live in. But

let us not frighten our young friend.

(looks up at the Blessed Mary)

She's beautiful, is she not?

When the female... by nature, so perverse...

becomes sublime by holiness, then she can

be the noblest vehicle of grace.

(says in Latin)

"Beautiful are the breasts that protrude

but a little."

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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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