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Genres: Drama , Biography , Adventure
Actors: Bruce Byron , Paul Brooke , Matthew Bowyer , John Boswall , Dominic Borrelli , Andrew Birkin , Christian Bergner , David Begg , Timothy Bateson , Christian Barbier , David Barber , David Bailie , Edwin Apps , Stéphane Algoud , Rab Affleck
Director: Luc Besson
Country: France
Year: 1999
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 (41290 votes)

In 1412, a young girl called Jeanne is born in Domrémy, France. The times are hard: The Hunderd Years war with England has been going on since 1337, English knights and soldiers roam the country. Jeanne develops into a very religious young woman, she confesses several times a day. At the age of 13, she has her first vision and finds a sword. When coming home with it, she finds the English leveling her home town. Years after that, in 1428, she knows her mission is to be ridding France of the English and so sets out to meet Charles, the Dauphin. In his desperate military situation, he welcomes all help and gives the maiden a chance to prove her divine mission. After the successful liberation of Orléans and Reims, the Dauphin can be crowned traditionally in the cathedral of Reims – and does not need her anymore, since his wishes are satisfied. Jeanne d’Arc gets set up in his trap and is imprisoned by the Burgundians. In a trial against her under English law, she can’t be forced to tell about her divine visions she has had continuously since childhood. Being condemned of witchcraft and being considered as relapsed heretic, she is sentenced to death. Jeanne d’Arc is burnt alive in the marketplace of Rouen on May 30th, 1431, at only 19 years of age.

Film Review

What a terrific performance from the lead female, bursting with faith and power; worth a look for that alone. And magnificent battle scenes and costumes is another highlight of this movie. The story is about the real life Joan of Arc who whilst still a teen and hearing voices from God went about saving medieval France from the clutches of the invading English,but then again politic are politics….However:On the negative side many of the actors are very English and are meant to be French so that causes a bit of a problem as the whole film is in English;plus give certain actors costumes and frills and they "camp" it up no end, and at times this picture is almost Pantomine stuff.And the worst of it is that Dustin Hoffmann plays some spook meant to be the conscience or Devil in Joan and he nearly ruins the film with his conceited "hey-look-at-me-what a star-I am". Well Dustin I got a message for you and it don't come from above: You very nearly destroy this film a…

This is the worst version of Joan of Arc I've ever seen – and I think I've seen them all. If you know the real history of Joan of Arc, you'll be very disappointed.Instead of portraying Joan as a sane, sensible, highly intelligent young woman who rationally planned and led a series of brilliant military campaigns lasting multiple days to save France from the English (her profile according to historical records), this film portrays her as a mentally delusional girl suffering from weird hallucinations and irritating emotional outbursts with totally irrational, impulsive military leadership. Since quite the opposite was true according to historical facts as we know them and I don't enjoy watching a raving, irrational female take over leadership from calm, rational people, this is a film I would not bother to see again.The acting was mostly well done (her part was often overdone) and the special effects were on par. That said, I don't think it's a film worth watchin…