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      The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

      1999, History/Drama, 2h 28m

      76 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      The heavy-handed narrative collapses under its own weight. Read critic reviews

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      The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) (From left to right) Aulon (Harrington) looks on as the Dauphin, Charles VII (Malkovich), considers the admonitions of his advisors, Regnault de Chartres (Merrick) and Tremoille (Erickson). Oscar winner Faye Dunaway plays Yolande D'Aragon, the queen of France who astutely recognizes that it may be politically advantageous for the Dauphin not to dismiss Joan. Deserted by the king she fought to have crowned, a battle-weary Joan (Milla Jovovich) is captured by the Burgundians, mercenaries working on behalf of the English. With the help of levelheaded Aulon (Desmond Harrington, far right), Dunois' (Tchecky Karyo, center) outrage toward Joan, his 17-year-old female commander, softens into genuine respect. The battle scenes from the Columbia Pictures presentation THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC were staged on the fields of France with close to 1,500 extras. A young peasant girl (Milla Jovovich) leaves the only home she has ever known to follow her own path, take up arms and ultimately change the course of history. Coerced during her trial to admit that her "voices" were just the product of a hysterical mind and not from God, Joan confronts her Conscience (Dustin Hoffman). Rejuvenated by their inspirational, if unexpected, new leader, French troops rally behind Joan (Milla Jovovich) as she leads them into the crucial battle at Orleans. Dressed in white armor and carrying her personalized banner, Joan arrives at the battlefield for the pivotal siege of Orleans.

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      Mystic, maiden, martyr - whatever you choose to call her, it is difficult to dispute that Joan of Arc led a remarkably accomplished life for a peasant girl who never went to school ... and never saw her 20th birthday. It all began in 1429, when a teenage girl from a remote village in France stood before the world and announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country.

      • Rating: R (Some Language|Rape|Strong Graphic Battles)

      • Genre: History, Drama, Adventure, Biography, War

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Luc Besson

      • Producer: Patrice Ledoux

      • Writer: Luc Besson, Andrew Birkin

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $14.3M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Columbia Pictures

      • Production Co: Gaumont

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SR, DTS, SDDS, Dolby EX, Surround, Dolby A, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Faye Dunaway
      Dustin Hoffman
      Pascal Greggory
      Vincent Cassel
      Marc Jenny
      Oldrich Mach
      Eric Serra
      Thierry Arbogast
      Sylvie Landra
      Hugues Tissandier
      Alain Paroutaud
      Robert Le Corre
      Alain Pitrel
      Magali Ceyrat
      Ivana Chlostova
      Georges Demetrau

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      • Oct 05, 2013

        Luc Besson's The Messenger is a fairly underrated dramatic action film about Joan of Arc. Although not perfect, I found this one to be much better than what most critics have said about it. The film packs action and those scenes are very well done, but in terms of effective storytelling, I felt that the performances were decent, but what really stood out were the battle scenes. In terms of story, this does a good job at telling Joan of Arc's story, but it is not accurate either. The film has the potential of sparking interest in the subject. Milla Jovovich does what she can and she gives a fairly good performance here, but the film overall will never stand out in terms of an epic. In retrospect, there are far better films than this, but The Messenger is still mindless popcorn fair that is fun from start to finish. Of course there are things that seem out of place, but overall, it's definitely not as bad as what I'd think it would be. There are things that could have been improved upon considering its subject, but in the end, it's a fairly accomplished movie that manages to be quite good despite its flaws. If you're going into this film expecting something historically accurate, then you'll be disappointed. Director Luc Besson obviously takes creative liberties with Joan of Arc's story. Go into this one expecting a mindless action drama with an interesting plot, but it is never anything great either. I enjoyed it, but felt it should have been much better. The story had the potential of being truly memorable, and with that being said, The Messenger is good, but the definitive Joan of Arc film has yet to be made.

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      • Mar 30, 2013

        Gritty and impassioned, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a powerful historical epic from director Luc Besson. During England's occupation of France during the Hundred Years' War a young maiden named Joan, who claims to have received visions from God, petitions the Dauphin of France to give her an army to drive out the English. The film does an excellent job at showing the conflict within Joan as she's swept up in the fever of war but struggles to remain righteous. The violence of the film is brutal and quite graphic, giving a real authentic feel to the warfare of the time. And, the performances by Milla Jovovich and Dustin Hoffman are extraordinary. The score is also done well and really complements the film. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a thrilling and provocative biopic that provides new insight into a fascinating historical figure.

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      • Jan 14, 2012

        It made it seems as if Joan of Arc is insane... But I love the battle scenes and monologues, it's a nice epic film.

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      • Nov 23, 2011

        It is an interesting movie with good battle scenes, and a story that I personally like it, but the constant allusions are upset and bad.

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