The Reluctant Saint The Story of St. Joseph of Cupertino ( DVD)

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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.

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  • 4 Mar 31st 2018
    Good

    A good movie I have watched it several times.

    Dr no

  • 5 Jan 23rd 2018
    Quirky and Subtle

    The artistry and brilliance of this movie is not seen in the hapless bumbling of a village idiot (bordering on cheap slapstick), but in the powerful telling of the life of a remarkable saint...who happens to be a real dunce.
    With Nino Rota's musical score, clever direction, excellent leading actors, it is a good old movie.
    The companion booklet with historical information about the saint is a fine "extra".

    Michael Molnar

  • 5 Jul 11th 2017
    One of the best

    This film is so good that my family has watched it not once, but over and over! Some parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny. Others are deeply moving. I think many of us can relate to this not-so-typical saint.

    Genevieve

  • 5 Aug 5th 2015
    The Reluctant Saint

    Old drama, but a must see.

    Susan McMillan Lester

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