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Francis of Assisi (1961)

Bradford Dillman , Dolores Hart , Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Cecil Kellaway, Eduard Franz
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Writers: Eugene Vale, Jack W. Thomas, James Forsyth, Ludwig von Wohl
  • Producers: Plato A. Skouras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GANY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Francis of Assisi" on IMDb

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170 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAX ET BONUM December 7, 2004
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This film on the life of one of the Church's greatest Saints was never given the proper credit it deserved. Bradford Dillman shines as the merchant turned Saint. You can feel his spiritual upheaval as he leaves all things to follow Christ.Dolores Hart as Clare,shortly after playing this role ,left Hollywood to become a cloistered nun.Watching her undergo Clare's conversion ,one can sense the actresses own struggle to follow in the footsteps of Francis. The story this film tells demands
the widescreen process.Lots of spiritual awakening in this great film.
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160 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Classic May 7, 2005
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This film changed my life. I will go on record to say that it is because of this movie that I am a Catholic Christian today. While not 100% historically accurate, it is still a much better film than Brother Sun, Sister Moon. You see all aspects of the saint here - his love for nature, his peacemaking, his desire for martyrdom, the betrayal of some of his Friars Minor, but most of all - we see the love for God and Jesus Christ that moved a man to change his world and continue to bring people to Christ today.

Dolores Hart, who played Saint Claire, eventually became a Franciscan Nun after making this film.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the peaceful spirit of Saint Francis. March 28, 2006
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I really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it for viewing and keeping. Though it is a simple movie by today's standards, it is very engaging and inspiring. Bradford Dillman (Francis) delivers a great performance, very believable. I liked that the movie leaves room for the imagination and for interpretation, ie. it does not take us into the saint's head and show us his deepest thoughts etc. which I find inappropriate in some other movies about saints whose thoughts were not reported/documented.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Inspiring As Ever January 30, 2006
I first saw this movie when I was about 8 or 9 years old. As a Catholic, I was about to be Confirmed, and needed a name. I knew a bit of the story of Francis of Assisi, but seeing this movie really touched me, and I decided to use Francis as my Confirmation name. I recently purchased this DVD, and I found that, at 51, the motion picture is still powerful. I am filled with pride and touched in spirit every time I watch it. Watch this with an open mind, and your heart will open as well.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a well made or accurate movie July 29, 2007
If you are an orthodox Catholic or any Catholic for that matter, this is not the right movie for you. First of all, there are many better classical movies about saints out there, such as "The Reluctant Saint," "Quo Vadis," "Marcelino," and several others. This movie is not a good movie in general. The word that comes to mind is flaky. It is very inaccurate, it shows a Saint Francis who was willing to defy the Pope if his rule was not approved (which is completely false for a humble saint such as St. Francis). It shows Christian Crusaders butchering Muslims and Muslims that treat St. Francis with great kindness. It shows St. Francis as a priest, which he wasn't (because of his humility St. Francis refused ordination to the priesthood, remaining a deacon all his life). And this is just some of the blatant errors the movie makes. A poorly made movie not worth owning.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great movie about a great Saint. January 3, 2006
I am catholic, and I read a lot about Saint Fraincis of Assisi. This movie is the closest to the history. This movie is really great, it showed Saint Francis life in detail before and after his call. It showed his love of all God's creatures, and how he loved his enemies. He was called for peace and love, and he did all it takes to show his love to everyone. He did what he was preaching for. I recommend that movie to any catholic or non catholic. Saint Francis is a great.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Saint For All Times May 25, 2006
A trully great and inspirational movie that trancsends most every culture and time. It is best know that the actress who played the character of St. Clare, Francis' great friend and admirer, was Dolores Hart who herself became a real life nun!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us during our most tumultous time of Wars, and Violences and beg God to Bring us Peace to our Lands.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you were to take a survey amongst Catholics asking them who was there favorite Saint chances are they're going to say Francis of Assisi. If you're unfamiliar with the life and accomplishments of this beloved personage and would like to learn a little bit about him the '61 film appropriately titled 'Saint Francis' would be a good place to begin. Bradford Dillman delivers a very Christ-like portrayal of Francis, Dolores Hart is sheer perfection as the gentle Claire and Stuart Whitman adds the necessary fire and emotion to point out the stark contrast between human and divine love.

While this film is surpassed by 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon' ('72) in emotionality, artistry, cinematography and soundtrack, this older version is more factual and encompasses the whole of Francis' life instead of ending at his Papal Commision as the Zeffirielli film does.

As a Catholic I appreciate the sincerity and intent of this production, while at the same time I must be honest and admit that approached as entertainment there are some problems. The story unfolds slowly and the majority of performances are uncomfortably stiff and the dialogue unrealistic. If not for the presence of the angelic Dolores Hart this film would receive a -3 Star- rating. It is her external and internal beauty that gives this film a whole new level of meaning and spirituality that entices me back for subsequent viewings now and again.

Footnote: Dolores Hart left Hollywood in '63 to become a Catholic Nun. Now a member of the Benedictine Order, Mother Dolores resides in the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut where she lives out the faith and principles that she so beautifully portrayed in this film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 10 days ago by Pauline R. Acworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Hollywood, stay away
this movie is insulting to the legacy of St. Frances, it is pure "hollywood" It romanizes his life in such a way that detracts from the ideals and principles that were... Read more
Published 12 days ago by julia mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite saint, along with Mother Teresa
Published 23 days ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Thias is an excellent movie. As I was watching it
Thias is an excellent movie. As I was watching it, it occured tom that I saw this movie as a teenager and was impressed with it and because of it, St. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Perfect classroom enrichment. Dolores Hart is in this one.
Published 1 month ago by Jeannette P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic movie of a great spiritual leader and role model.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Mary Alma Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it now as well as then
Saw this many years ago. Enjoyed it now as well as then.
Published 2 months ago by William L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the movie and I enjoy watch it
I love the movie and I enjoy watch it. He is one of my saint because he done so much.

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Published 3 months ago by Glenn H. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Movie!
Amazing and touching! Inspiring one to look into ourslef! If you love faith based movies you wil love this movie!
Published 3 months ago by cathy
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