Joan of Arc

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A literal interpretation of the oft-produced biography of 15th century historical heroine Joan d'Arc, this four-hour television miniseries version of Joan's story is lavishly produced. In a tiny village during the Hundred Years' War, teenager Joan d'Arc Leelee Sobieski has been raised by her parents, flinty Peter Powers Boothe and Isabelle Jacqueline Bisset, amidst the wreckage continually wrought by British incursions into the area. A devout girl, Joan experiences visions of St. Catherine, which lead her to ...
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A literal interpretation of the oft-produced biography of 15th century historical heroine Joan d'Arc, this four-hour television miniseries version of Joan's story is lavishly produced. In a tiny village during the Hundred Years' War, teenager Joan d'Arc Leelee Sobieski has been raised by her parents, flinty Peter Powers Boothe and Isabelle Jacqueline Bisset, amidst the wreckage continually wrought by British incursions into the area. A devout girl, Joan experiences visions of St. Catherine, which lead her to believe that she may be the "Maid of Orleans," a mythical figure who will lead France to victory over its enemies. Counseled by local priest Father Monet Robert Loggia, Joan pursues her destiny in spite of her father's wishes. At first supported only by lowly commoners, Joan comes to the attention of the Dauphin, King Charles Neil Patrick Harris. Together with his scheming advisor Bishop Cauchon Emmy-winner Peter O'Toole, Charles uses Joan to unite his quarreling factions. Skeptical but superstitious, Charles' generals, including La Hire Peter Strauss are eventually won over by Joan's startling victories. But awaiting Joan is a disastrous Parisian campaign and Charles' betrayal.
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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Presented tastefully and even reverentially, this 1999 made-for-TV film chronicles the short life of St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431), the warrior maiden who roused France to arms against the English during the Hundred Years' War. Like a rough-cut diamond, the motion picture shines but is not without flaws. For example, although Leelee Sobieski projects the purity and stubborn resolve demanded of her role as Joan, she seldom exhibits the depth or range of emotion required to reflect the inner struggle of a visionary called upon to lead a nation; her tears and anguish seem forced and staged. Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris (the erstwhile teen doctor of TV's Doogie Howser) ably portrays Charles II, the French monarch Joan defends, but the scriptwriters' characterization of Charles as a forceful, articulate wheeler-dealer who is charming and quick with the quip is off the mark. The historical Charles was a retiring, acne-ridden, immature lout who was weak and indecisive. Inaccuracies also mar the depiction of other historical characters. Nevertheless, the supporting performances of old pros Robert Loggia, Peter O'Toole, Olympia Dukakis, Peter Strauss, and Maximilian Schell are strong, investing the film with gravity and power. In addition, the battle scenes, period attire and overall medieval ambience of the film are first-rate. On the negative side, the story is unremittingly somber. Touches of humor or wit -- somewhere, anywhere -- in the 180-minute drama would have rounded Joan and her compatriots into more credible human beings and helped accentuate, by contrast, the starkness of the principal themes. Still, taken in its totality, the film is a worthy one and certainly far superior to The Messenger, an abominable revisionist version of Joan's story made one year later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • UPC: 012236102328
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leelee Sobieski Joan D'Arc
Jacqueline Bisset Isabelle D'Arc
Powers Boothe Jacques D'Arc
Neil Patrick Harris Charles VII
Maury Chaykin Sir Robert De Baudricourt
Olympia Dukakis Mother Babette
Jonathan Hyde Duke Of Bedford
Robert Loggia Father Monet
Shirley MacLaine Madame De Beaurevoir
Peter O'Toole Bishop Cauchon
Cliff Saunders Bertrand De Poligny
Maximilian Schell Brother John Le'Maitre
Peter Strauss La Hire
Chad Willett Jean De Metz
Ron White
Jaimz Woolvett
Ted Atherton
Chandra Engstrom
Jaroslav Fricek
Robert Haley
Mat Hoffman
Jirina Klinkova
Kristopher Lemche
Greg Linnington
Klara Issova Michael's Wife
Technical Credits
Christian Duguay Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Peter Bray Producer
Ralph Brunjes Editor
Ed Gernon Executive Producer
Pierre Gill Cinematographer
Susan Glicksman Casting
John Hay Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Joy Production Designer
Michael Alexander Miller Screenwriter
Fern Orenstein Casting
Ronald Parker Screenwriter
Benjamin Robin Makeup
Urmas Rosin Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Sussman Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay..but just not that powerful....

    After watching this..I was happy but not enthralled. The "Messenger" version of Joan of Arc was more powerful and profounding even though some of the scenes were a little too much dramatic. This movie didnt really show it as it was during her time..where as the "Messenger" gives the full look of the 100 Years War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oversimplified & Underdeveloped

    If you are looking for the Elementary school, Americanized, santized version of the story of Jeanne D'Arc than this is the film for you. The directors tried so hard to squeeze so much information into two hours that it led to little to no character development and gross generalizations of the time period. Now I do admire Leelee Sobieski as an actor and in this role I believe she does a fine job, but the writers and directors did an awful job of giving her good material with which to work. The history is sketchy at best, the people all look too pretty, the warfare is hardly realistic, and then there's not even a French accent in the entire cast. How could Americans expect to carry a story well that is so quintessentially French. It doesn't even really delve into faith issues of Jeanne, the French, the English, etc. and how this dynamic medieval personality raised so many questions of people's belief system. Feel free to watch this drivel but your time and interest in this wonderful story could be spent better elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Leelee Sobieski is a brilliant Jeanne d'Arc

    I watched the mini-series on TV, bought the VHS tape immediately afterward, and recently purchased the DVD (''enhanced for widescreen television''---but I watch it on my computer). This is one of the most emotionally charged movies of all time. To watch it is to weep---and you don't regret weeping afterwards. It touches the heart in a way few films ever do. Leelee Sobieski is brilliant in her interpretation of the role of Jeanne d'Arc. She is both brave and fearful. She is proud and humble. She is both assertive and shy. A complex human character compelled to embark on an extraordinary mission to fulfill her God-ordained destiny. I cannot imagine a better film of the life of Jeanne d'Arc than this one, and I cannot imagine a better actress to play the role. Totally convincing, one hundred percent inspirational, and a gem of filmmaking that deserved the silver screen, not the small one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very touching movie

    If you have never seen this movie, you need to buy it. The movie is outstanding in its interpretation of the journey of Joan of Arc. She is accurately portrayed and you can litteraly feel her feelings while watching the movie. It is very touching and extremely moving. I recommend this movie to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TREMENDOUS HEART WARMING,TOUCHING AND INSPIRING MOVIE!

    Indeed its a very inspiring movie of how Joan Of Arc had shown her intense FAITH to GOD. And by means of this movie its a powerful tool of bringing people closer to God.I dont look at the irrelevant of this movie as other people might say but i look at the value of this movie. I encourage people to watch it!!!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my spiritual intervention

    this movie taught me different things. but most of all, it showed me the importance of God in my life. i never thought i would have this inner sense of pleasing the sovereign King of Heaven.truly, it's a very nice movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J'Adore! Beautiful and Inspiring : A Wonderful Story!

    My French class watched this movie. It is extremely well-made, suspenseful in it's own way, and VERY moving & touching. This film's interpretation of this remarkable maiden is accurate and extraordinary! Those who chose to watch it will not be let down! Athough I love both movies and history, I am fairly critical towards accuracy, and the film was not disappointing by far! Leelee Sobieski is a spectacular portrayal of Joan! I hope you will see this film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A very inspirational story

    Awsome!! Such an interesting story! Believe me, you will not be disappointed with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joan of Arc is a Classic

    This movie, Joan of Arc, has many strengths. In my opinion, its greatest, would be the portrayal of Joan's determination and commitment. That in itself makes this movie powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved It

    I love Joan of Arc, and i thought that this movie portrayed her perfectly. It wasn't cheesy, and it didn't make Joan of Arc seem like a crazed maniac. I don't care what anyone else says about this movie, i loved it. Just watch this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A very disappointing film

    The memory of Joan of Arc deserves better. The movie sadly oversimplifies and modernizes the complicated situation that led to Joan of Arc's campaign against her English foes. New and useless characters are added with no basis in fact, the battle scenes are unrealistic and disappointing copies of those in the 1989 Henry V, the language used by the characters is dumbed down for a modern audience, and the Anglo-Franco-Burgundian conflict of the 15th century is simplified into a good guys vs. bad guys form. Don't watch it; you'll just waste time that could be spent better elsewhere.

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