Release Date: 22nd March 1989
Director: Liliana Cavani
Writer: Liliana Cavani & Roberta Mazoni
Producer: Giulio Scanni, Jost Steinbruchel & Roberta Cadringher
Executive Producer: Ralph B. Serpe

Runtime: 2hr 30mins
Language: English & Italian


Raised as the pampered son of a merchant, Francis goes off to war, only to return with a profound horror for the society which generated such suffering. In one scene, as an act of renunciation, he strips himself of his fine clothing in front of his father, and leaves the house naked and barefoot, joining the lepers and beggars in the poor section of town. A series of episodes from Francis’ life follows, rather than a coherent narrative, until his final days when he receives the stigmata, the wounds Christ suffered at the crucifixion.


Mickey Rourke…as Francesco
Helena Bonham Carter…as Chiara
Andréa Ferréol…as Francesco’s Mother
Nikolaus Dutsch…as Cardinal Colonna
Peter Berling…as Bishop Guido
Hanns Zischler…as Pope Innocent III
Mario Adorf…as Cardinal Ugolino
Paolo Bonacelli…as Francesco’s Father

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