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Don Bosco (1988)

This film depicts the life of Saint John Bosco (1815 - 1888). He dedicated his life to rescuing abandoned and exploited street children in Turin. He was the founder of the Salesian order, ... See full summary »


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Corrado Biggi (dialogue adaptation for dubbing), Silvano Buzzo (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Don Bosco
Patsy Kensit ... Lina
Karl Zinny ... Giuseppe
Laurent Terzieff ... Mons. Gastaldi
Piera Degli Esposti ... Lina's mother
Philippe Leroy ... Leone XIII
Raymond Pellegrin ... Pio IX
Edmund Purdom ... Urbano Rattazzi
Pier Luigi Misasi Pier Luigi Misasi ... Don Cagliero / Don Provera
Rik Battaglia ... Michele Cavour
Leopoldo Trieste ... Don Borel
Aldo E. Castellani Aldo E. Castellani ... Aldo, the little cobbler
Silvano Tranquilli ... Nobile Piemontese
Luca Lionello ... Don Rua
Egidio Termine Egidio Termine ... Agitatore antigovernativo


This film depicts the life of Saint John Bosco (1815 - 1888). He dedicated his life to rescuing abandoned and exploited street children in Turin. He was the founder of the Salesian order, which today runs schools and vocational centres about the world. Don Bosco strives against official obstruction in Church and State to establish his refuges. Escaping an assassination attempt, he goes to Rome, where the Pope endorses his work. He dies with his work complete.

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30 September 1988 (Italy) See more »

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Don Bosco - Az ifjúság atyja és mestere See more »

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After Pope John Paul II saw the film, he asked to meet Patsy Kensit. See more »

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4 December 2019 | by forexsarrocaSee all my reviews

The Father and the Son are the Parents of the Holy Spirit, if many churches are correct. The Trinity is a Family-- two Parents and a Progeny, if many churches are correct. In the Book of Job which is part of the bible, the Lord is compared to a father and also a mother with a womb. "From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens"--Job 38:29. Saying that the "Father and the Son are the Parents of the Holy Spirit" is simply another way of saying that the Holy Spirit "proceeds from the Father and the Son" which has been official Catholic Church teaching for centuries. According to the Catholic Church, the Son is begotten from the Father. If this is true, the Father is the Father (Parent) of the Son. According to the Church, the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. If this is true, the Father and the Son are the Parents of the Holy Spirit. Of course, the scriptures are vague if the Holy Spirit is the 3rd or 1st or 2nd Person of the Trinity--whichever of these is true, the First Person and the Second Person may be the Parents of the Third. Parent definition 1a from Merriam-Webster dictionary: one that begets or brings forth offspring.

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