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The Name of the Rose is the 1986 suspense film that surrounds the investigation into a series of murders that have taken place at a 14th century Italian monastery. In 1327, a young monk dies under mysterious circumstances at a Benedictine abbey. Independent minded monk William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and his protege Adso of Melk (Christian Slater) arrive to investigate. While the monk's death seems to be a suicide, a number of strange deaths soon follow.

In the midst of the investigation, Adso meets and falls in love with a young girl, (Valentina Vargas), who frequents the abbey to trade sex for food. William and Adso stumble across an extensive library hidden deep within one of the towers. They also discover that a certain sacred book is tied to all the murdered monks. The overzealous inquisitor Bernardo Gui (F. Murray Abraham) arrives at the abbey and immediately accuses the peasant girl, the hunchback Salvatore (Ron Perlman) and his handler Remigio (Helmut Qualtinger) of murdering the monks. Under threat of torture, they ultimately confess to the crimes.

With time running out, Venerable Jorge (Feodor Chaliapin) is confronted in the secret library by William and Adso. The Venerable informs them that he poisoned the pages of the sacred book, so that anyone who touches them will die by ingesting the poison. The book, in his opinion is dangerous, blasphemous, and suggestive. After the confession, Jorge sets the library ablaze. As the fire spreads, the locals are able to free the peasant girl before she meets the same fate as Salvator and Rmeigio, who have already burned at the stake. Bernardo is caught by peasants as he attempts to flee the city, and is pushed off the cliff in his carriage. With the mystery solved William and Adso leave the abbey.

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Stars
Sean Connery, F Murray Abraham, Christian Slater, Michel Lonsdale, Elya Baskin
Director
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Language
English
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