Saint Philip Neri

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Product Code:
0.56 (in)
Size (HxW):
7.5 x 5.25 (in)
Publication date:
October 01, 2011
205 minutes
4.59 oz
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Religious Ed

Product Overview

This DVD can only be sold in the USA (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding French-speaking Canada) 

An epic feature film on the famous "Apostle of Rome" and great friend of youth in the 16th century. One of the most popular saints of all time, St. Philip Neri was widely known for his great charity, deep prayer life, and tremendous humor. Hoping to join St. Ignatius of Loyola's new order of Jesuits and be a missionary to India, Philip was instead guided by Providence to seek out the poor and abandoned youth of Rome to catechize them in the faith and help them find a better life. He became the founder of the religious congregation, the Oratory, that worked with the youth and also labored to re-evangelize a decadent Rome.

This captivating film highlights Neri's great love for youth, his warm sense of humor, contagious joy, deep mystical spirituality, and his amazing gift for miracles. Actor Gigi Proietti gives a moving performance as St. Philip in this beautifully produced film that is directed by Giacomo Campiotti, director of the acclaimed films Bakhita: From Slave to Saint and St. Giuseppe Moscatti. Includes bonus features of the "Making Of" and "Behind the Scenes" 

This DVD contains the following language options: Italian with English or Spanish subtitles.

This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories). 


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  • 5
    St. Philip Neri

    Posted by Jamie on Aug 31st 2023

    I've seen this movie many times, and each time it seems new and beautifully poignant. Love, love this movie!

  • 5

    Posted by Rocio on Jul 22nd 2022

    Wonderful film and our favorite family movie! It encompasses everything. It is funny, enjoyable, has drama, action, and the characters are engaging and portray well the spectrum of human emotions and struggles. We love St. Filipo Neri for his constant love of God and others. We pray for his intercession.

  • 3
    The Church and St. Philip Neri

    Posted by Stephanie A. Mann on Oct 15th 2018

    The main problem I had with this film was the conflict the plot set up between St. Philip Neri and the hierarchy. Three Cardinals, including Caesar Baronius were part of his community at one time. Future pope Gregory XIV was a friend; his efforts in Rome were welcomed by the popes because they at first provided hospitality during the Jubilee years. St. Philip Neri had the support of many members of the hierarchy and popes like Pius IV! The "evil" cardinal trope in the plot is lazy and anti-clerical. Disappointing.

  • 5
    Philip Neri

    Posted by Jean-claude on Mar 7th 2018

    In my top five best christian movie.