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The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)

La leggenda del santo bevitore (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 September 1988 (Italy)
An alcoholic homeless man is given two hundred francs by a stranger, who requests that when he can he will return the money to Saint Therese in the cathedral.

Director:

Ermanno Olmi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Andreas Kartak
Anthony Quayle ... Distinguished Gentleman
Sandrine Dumas ... Gaby
Dominique Pinon ... Wojtech
Sophie Segalen Sophie Segalen ... Karoline
Jean-Maurice Chanet Jean-Maurice Chanet ... Daniel Kaniak
Cécile Paoli Cécile Paoli ... Fur store seller
Francesco Aldighieri Francesco Aldighieri ... Policeman (as Franco Aldighieri)
Joseph De Medina Joseph De Medina ... Fat man
Françoise Pinkwasser Françoise Pinkwasser ... Inn woman
Joséphine Lecaille Joséphine Lecaille ... Fat man's wife
Maria Mazzocco Maria Mazzocco ... Tari-Bari owner
Dalila Belatreche Dalila Belatreche ... Thérèse
Claude Kolton Claude Kolton
Jacques Pasternak Jacques Pasternak
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An alcoholic homeless man is given two hundred francs by a stranger, who requests that when he can he will return the money to Saint Therese in the cathedral.

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Robert De Niro was approached for the role of Andreas Kartak, but he turned down the offer because he was not convinced about the project. See more »

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A crashing bore
23 July 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

This tale of a tramp who is the recipient of the milk of human kindness but who finds it difficult to repay the goodness shown to him is typical of its director, Ermanno Olmi, but whereas other Olmi films deal with the common-place with an uncommon beauty this tale of the mystical is overtly simplistic. "The Legend of the Holy Drinker" is visually superb and we should expect nothing less from an Olmi picture but it is also very dry, very dull and very unevenly acted, (the partial dubbing of its international cast certainly doesn't help).

As the tramp Rutger Hauer staggers around looking a little too bewildered at what's happening to him and the supporting cast are fundamentally just bit players in his far from interesting story. The Stravinsky score also sits somewhat uneasily on proceedings. Some people think this is a masterpiece while others have simply dismissed it. Personally I found it a crashing bore.


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Country:

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Release Date:

2 September 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del santo bebedor See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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