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Martin Luther (1953)

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther covering his life between 1505-1530 A.D. and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

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John Ruddock ...
Vicar von Staupitz
Pierre Lefevre ...
Spalatin
Guy Verney ...
Melanchthon
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Carlstadt
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Duke Frederick
Fred Johnson ...
Prior
Philip Leaver ...
Pope Leo X
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Dr. Eck
Leonard White ...
Emissary
Egon Strohm ...
Cardinal Alexander
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Katherine von Bora (as Annette Carrell)
Alexander Gauge ...
Tetzel
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Brueck
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This biographical account of Martin Luther's actions that eventually created the Lutheran and Protestant denominations was filmed in conjunction with the Lutheran Church. Niall MacGinnis portrays the friar whose nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg created such a stir that it shook the very foundations of the medieval Church. This film shows the struggle between Luther and Rome, and how the medieval Church did not fully explain things he questioned, which led to him to be labeled a heretic. Written by Anonymous

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The Man Who Changed the World - FOREVER! See more »


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25 October 1954 (Sweden)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The film was never released in Quebec, Canada. At the time, Quebec's film censorship board (made up entirely of French-speaking Catholics) refused to approve the film to be shown in Quebec's movie theaters. Therefore, it could only be shown in the basements of Quebec's Protestant churches. See more »

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Pure genius
2 January 1999 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

An amazing movie I have seen several times. If only there was a movie done this good on John Calvin. Nevertheless, from story line to directing, this movie retains value for repeated watching.


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