The Reluctant Saint
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Maximilian Schell stars as "the flying friar", St. Joseph of Cupertino, in this heartwarming and amazing true story of the humble Franciscan friar who literally rose to sainthood. In the impoverished village of 17th century Cupertino, Italy, Joseph s peasant mother convinces the reluctant Abbott (Ricardo Montalban) to accept her son into the monastery. With the support of the kindly local Bishop who sees in him a great deal more than others, and by a series of miraculous incidents, the simple but pious Joseph is ordained a priest. Yet some are convinced that it is the devil, not God, who is responsible for Joseph's miraculous powers until a final miracle reveals to all his true sanctity.
A profound and humorous film for all ages. Also starring Lea Padovani and Akim Tamiroff. Directed by Edward Dymtryk.
Special Feature include:
- New DVD transfer from the original archive film master.
- Includes a 16-page Collector's Booklet with an essay by film critic Steven Greydanus and a biography of St. Joseph of Cupertino by historian and journalist Sandra Miesel.
Includes the "lost ending"!
This DVD contains the following language tracks: English with optional Spanish or English subtitles. Shown in Black & White.
Maximilian Schell projects only sweet simplicity, uncomprehending patience and uncomplicated joy as Guiseppe. More important than Giuseppe's flying, in the film's schema of values, is the saint's humble love of obscurity and of animals, both of which mark him as a true son of Francis... In a film in which every supporting player shines, the film's funniest moments undoubtedly belong to Lea Padovani as Giuseppe's formidable mother, a woman who is the terror of every man who knows her. --Steven Greydanus, Editor, Decent Films.com
Quite a remarkable transformation for Maximilian Schell.
... Ricardo Montalban is outstanding. --Los Angeles Times
An amusing, amazing story. --Time Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
It is so nice to have a movie like this where I know my children are not going to be exposed to sex, violence, blood, guts, swearing........
This movie shows how God choose a simple-uneducated man to become a saint. Saint Joseph Desa or Saint Giuseppe Desa in Italian had the mind and heart of a small child. Although Giuseppe couldn't read or write, he understood the Gospel and prayed.
Because Giuseppe had the mind and heart of child, he was humble like a child. God exalted Giuseppe to the priesthood and gave him the power to fly or levitate. This honor confounded some of the intelligent priests in the Franciscan order, who accused Giuseppe to be a fraud. An Inquisition was made as a result of the accusation of fraud, but Giuseppe was vindicated as shown in the final two scenes of the movie and in the sainthood granted to him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is not for everyone. You have to appreciate the slow style of story-telling in older movies and fairly lame special effects by today's standards. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul
This movie shows the faith of a simple man and how the
This movie shows the great faith of a smiple man and how the blessed mother comes to his aid in several... Read more
I enjoyed this movie so much that I was motivated to read his biography and get the real facts about this saint.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I did not view it yet. It would not run on my DVD player. It may play on my computer.Published 3 months ago by Ralph F. Gibout
I wish I could do a remake of this movie. It would probably destroy some beautiful integrity of the film if I had the money to do it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pamela La Londe