- Director:Franco Zeffirelli
- Writer:Suso Cecchi D'Amico,Kenneth Ross
- Cast:Graham Faulkner,Judi Bowker,Leigh Lawson
- Time:2h 2min
|Graham Faulkner||-||St. Francis of Assisi|
|Lee Montague||-||Pietro Di Bernardone|
|Valentina Cortese||-||Pica Di Bernardone|
|Alec Guinness||-||Pope Innocent III|
|John Sharp||-||Bishop Guido|
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|Pierre Baldini||-||(as Piero Baldini)|
According to Franco Zeffirelli's autobiography, The Beatles were asked to appear in this movie in the main roles, but were unable due to scheduling conflicts. Zeffirelli also screentested Al Pacino for the role of Francesco, but rejected him due to his theatrical overacting style.
The dye stains on his clothes (red and blue) are linked to the city colors of Assisi. The flags on the soldiers show a red/blue vertical split.
Sir Laurence Olivier turned down the role of Pope Innocent III.
Theatrical movie debut of Peter Firth.
The scene in which St. Francis renounces his birthright was filmed in the forecourt of the Church of San Rufino in a portion of Assisi across town from the Basilica of St. Francis. The church of the Porciuncula was a set built in a meadow. The interior of the Pope's church was built on a soundstage in the studio, but the massive depiction of Christ that was behind and above the Pope's throne is an actual mosaic from a church in Sicily which was matted into the shot.
Theatrical movie debut of Leigh Lawson (Bernardo).
Irish actor Frank Grimes was originally chosen to play St. Francis (one Francis for another), but Director Franco Zeffirelli changed his mind at the last minute, and went with Graham Faulkner instead.
Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso was also considered for the lead role.
According to Robin Askwith's memoirs, Askwith was cast in this, but he was fired.
Lynne Frederick auditioned for the role of Clare, and was first runner up.
Candace Glendenning auditioned for the role of Clare. She was deemed too exotic looking for the part.