Sparrow

  • Film
  • Period and swashbuckler films
It's 1854, and Maria (Bettis), soon to become a nun, is evacuated from plague-ridden Catania in Sicily to the opulent villa near Mt Etna shared by her loving father (Castle) and manipulative stepmother (Cusack). Here Maria meets Nino (Schaech), a family friend whose passionate love prompts a conflict between her instincts and her vocation. Finlay plays a nasty priest, and Redgrave a crazed nun. A full-blown very unpersuasive Zeffirelli melodrama, lamentably performed, with so many poorly framed wide-angles and zooms that no two shots seem capable of being edited together smoothly.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Screenwriter: Allan Baker, Franco Zeffirelli
Cast: Angela Bettis
Jonathan Schaech
Sara-Jane Alexander
John Castle
Valentina Cortese
Sinead Cusack
Frank Finlay
Dennis Quilley
Vanessa Redgrave
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