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Joan of Arc

4.3 out of 5 stars 224 customer reviews

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Joan of Arc is a 1999 television miniseries about the 15th century Catholic saint of the same name. The film stars Leelee Sobieski as Saint Joan.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leelee Sobieski, Chad Willett, Jacqueline Bisset, Powers Boothe, Olympia Dukakis
  • Directors: Christian Duguay
  • Writers: Michael Alexander Miller, Ronald Parker
  • Producers: Andrew Deane, Brenda Friend, Deb LeFaive, Ed Gernon, Graham Flashner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QCVQ
  • Learn more about "Joan of Arc" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
In terms of historical value, not extremely accurate - but who cares? When you get a TV movie that is this spectacular, visually lush, brilliantly acted and emotionally gripping, historical accuracy is the last thing you'll complain about.
Rarely does a TV movie come along that is as well conceived as its mega budget says it should be. Absolutely stunning battle scenes (especially for a TV production), rich location shooting and a superb cast make Joan of Arc unquestionably one of the best TV movies ever made.
But what crowns Joan of Arc as a "5 star" production is it's outstanding lead, Leelee Sobieski. Perfectly cast, Sobieski brings qualities to the French saint never seen before - an innocent, yet strong and commanding personality, a "virginial" presence, a face resembling something of a saint/angel/renaissance painting plus not to mention that she was "actually" the right age to play the legendary teenage warrior. Sobieski's performance is so exceptional, she holds the entire 4 hours together, and at the same time, leaves other Joan of Arc interpretations by the likes of Ingrid Bergman and Milla Jovavich in her wake.
Definitely the best TV movie I've ever, and a far better bet than Luc Besson's/Milla Jovavich's version...
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Format: DVD
I remember seeing this DVD and wondering which one should I get, "Joan of Arc" which was a television movie or "The Messenger", a big budget movie. It was a hard decision but what drew me to purchasing this movie was the cover.
Sobieski's look as Joan of Arc looked more convincing and she looked so pure and innocent. I wondered how this person who projects innocence in the cover will play a military leader? Well, I don't know much about Leelee Sobieski and after watching this movie, now I want to watch the movies that she has appeared in because on "Joan of Arc", you get solid acting.
The long time of this movie made me wonder if it was going to drag but if anything this movie drew me in from start to finish and here is why: The good acting by the cast members, the great scenery and the selection of Leelee Sobieski as the innocent "Maid of Lorraine". She brought something to this movie that drew you in. Her facial expressions and even the ending still stays in my mind. Wow! It's unexplainable but I really enjoyed the movie. It was done very well and I'm impressed that it's a TV movie. The movie gets an A+.
What about the DVD? Well, since this is a TV movie, I didn't expect too much from the DVD. The audio was good and the video was good but at times I saw some lines on the screen on parts where there is a lot of action. The production notes were nice to see but I have to give the DVD a D- for no significant extras.
It appears Sobieski had much to say about the part according to the production notes, why not include a featurette then? Or even the television commercials or promotional features.
So, yes...the extras rating gets a D-. But you know what, the movie is wonderful and it deserves to be seen and due to it's size, DVD is the way to go. "Joan of Arc" a definite A+. Highly recommended!
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Only rarely does a television miniseries rival the power, beauty, and excellence of Hollywood's most celebrated theatrical releases. 1999's Joan of Arc is one of those rare gems; it is simply an exquisite film of epic proportions, boasting one of the most impressive cast lists I have ever seen. Yet even among such stellar names as Jacqueline Bisset, Peter O'Toole, Robert Loggia, Shirley MacLaine, and Maximilian Schell, the young Leelee Sobieski keeps all eyes riveted upon herself with her moving, deeply human portrayal of one of history's most famous and tragic heroines.
Over the course of three hours, we follow the young peasant girl who became The Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc, from the day of her birth to her final fiery moments. I do not know enough details of the historical Joan of Arc's life to truly judge the historical accuracy of this film, but from what I can tell and have read, it does try mightily to follow the story as closely as possible, working especially hard to recreate the social and political situation of Joan's time. The historical Joan of Arc remains a controversial figure, with learned men and women interpreting her life and story in a couple of quite divergent ways. This movie's Joan is the bravest and most pious of souls, and she meets her fate willingly as a martyr and not a victim; her faith in God's plan for her never wavers. The presentation of her visions is kept low-key and free of creative exploitation. The compassion of her soul is revealed countless times over the course of the movie, and the incredible humanity of her character is this film's true strength. Still, it remains difficult to understand exactly how the French nation could turn against and burn at the stake a girl who fought for the unification of the French people.
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After seeing the Messenger only a week after Hallmark's Joan of Arc, I think it's a testimony to the real life enigma that she could be interpreted in such very different ways- from a girl of incredible strength and courage ready to die for her faith to a woman made neurotic by circumstance and visions fueled by her faith in God despite all she had seen. Leelee vs. Milla? I think both women simply found a part of Joan they identified with and ran with it, though I must say, I enjoyed Leelee's portrayal more. We got to see how Joan won the heart of the people and Leelee does it flawlessly, you don't see that in Messenger. The Messenger skips how she got to be St. Joan in the eyes of the people. In Leelee's Joan, I can believe she led her people to victory in battle because Leelee is so exceptional in the battle scenes while Milla seemed completely lost. And visually, it is hard to believe this movie was made for television as it was so beautiful to look at. Definitely worth the cost of buying.
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