The Reluctant Saint DVD (#50719)

The Reluctant Saint DVD

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The Reluctant Saint DVD (#50719)

A profound and humorous film for all ages!

Maximilian Schell stars as the "flying friar," St. Joseph of Cupertino, in this heart-warming 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 (Lea Padovani) convinces the reluctant abbot (Harold Goldblatt) to accept her uneducated son into the monastery.

With the support of the kindly local bishop (Akim Tamiroff) who sees in him a great deal more than others, and by a series of miraculous incidents, the simple but deeply pious Joseph is ordained a priest. Yet some in the monastery, including the skeptical Don Raspi (Ricardo Montalban), are convinced that it is the devil, not God, who is responsible for Joseph's amazing powers - and it will take a miracle to change their minds.

Special Features:
  • New DVD transfer from the original archive film master
  • Includes a 16-page Collector's Booklet with an essay by film critic Steven Greydanus and a biography of St. Joseph of Cupertino by historian and journalist Sandra Miesel
  • In English with optional Spanish subtitles
  • Black and white footage
  • Widescreen
  • 104 minutes
  • Not rated

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