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Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald)... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steven Berkoff ... Inquisitor
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Martin
Julie Cox ... Margaretha
Lili Gesler Lili Gesler ... Librarian's daughter
Patrick Godfrey ... Bertram
Anastasia Griffith ... Anna
Maria Hofstätter Maria Hofstätter ... Maria
Lee Ingleby ... Bernhard
Eddie Marsan ... Fabio
Joe Mason Joe Mason ... Jakob
Peter McDonald ... Georg
John Shrapnel ... Archbishop
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Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald) bond as children, but walk very different paths as adults. Georg follows his calling to join the church, while Martin becomes an army captain. When fate places Martin in the role of executioner, he must choose between friendship and fundamentalist doctrine. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Henker See more »

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Austria See more »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Rather unusually, instead of listing all the cast members in the end credits, it mentions all the top players and then reads "and many many more". See more »

Soundtracks

O Nata Lux
Music by Thomas Tallis
Performed by Dufay Ensemble Freiburg
Published by Point Dume Musikverlag
Licensed by kind permission from Point Dume Musikverlag
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Decent movie, but some terrible cinematography towards the end
29 June 2007 | by Kev50027See all my reviews

This movie is alright, but it could be a lot better. The majority of the film is excellent, with good camera angles and good acting, but near the very end a very cheap trick is used to show the passage of time that just made me want to kick the director. I am not revealing any spoilers, worry not.

The story could be stronger as well, with more developed characters. By the end of the film, I feel I barely know any of the characters. The film seems slightly rushed, and could have been plenty longer. The beginning especially could use some work, it also is rushed.

Overall, I've heard it is accurate, but accuracy doesn't make a great film.


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