Martin Luther (1953)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Niall MacGinnis ...
John Ruddock ...
Pierre Lefevre ...
Guy Verney ...
Alastair Hunter ...
David Horne ...
Duke Frederick
Fred Johnson ...
Philip Leaver ...
Heinz Piper ...
Dr. Eck
Leonard White ...
Egon Strohm ...
Cardinal Alexander
Annette Carell ...
Katherine von Bora (as Annette Carrell)
Alexander Gauge ...
Henry Oscar


This biographical account of Martin Luther's actions that eventually created the Protestant and Lutheran religions was filmed in conjunction with the Lutheran Church. Niall MacGinnis portrays the monk who's nailing of his list of 95 theses to the church door in Worms created a stir so large that it shook the very foundations of the Catholic Church. This film shows the struggle between Luther and the organized church and how the Catholic Church was not fully explaining things he questioned, which led him to be labeled a heretic. Written by Anonymous

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Extremely well done, important story
12 August 2003 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

McGinnis' performance is stellar; he was very much like I imagined the real Martin Luther to be; unmovable in his personal beliefs, but compassionate to individuals; enthusiastic about bettering mankind, but merciless about his own weaknesses. The on-location shooting for this movie is wonderful, and the black-and-white cinematography concentrates attention on the actors facial expressions. Supporting actors were very well selected for their characters. Period costumes, activities and dialogue were well-researched and very-well done. The copy of the movie I saw was not to get the most out of it, you need to give it your full concentration, but you'll be well rewarded. It portrays one of the most pivotal individuals in history, and does it well. As with all the best movies, you wish it didn't have to end...

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