Long before Tom Hanks ran around the Louvre spouting crackpot theories about Renaissance painters and Vatican assassins, Sean Connery was solving religious riddles in the far better thriller The Name of the Rose (1986, R, 2 hrs., 11 mins.), out on Blu-ray. Connery’s brainiac monk and his teen sidekick (what’s up, Christian Slater!) sleuth out a string of grisly murders at a remote 14th-century abbey. The film’s packed with messages in invisible ink, secret staircases, and corpses in cauldrons of pig’s blood. And since ? Connery’s bald as a cue ball, that means no distracting Hanksian haircuts! B+
NONCONFORMIST MONKS Sean Connery and Christian Slater in The Name of the Rose (Everett Collection)
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Sean Connery, Christian Slater; Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud; Runtime (in minutes): 130; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Posted July 26 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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