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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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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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Release Date:

25 October 1954 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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A realistic view of Luther & his times in the 16th century.
5 October 2002 | by (Florida, US) – See all my reviews

This movie is a must see for student wishing to gain a more detail knowledge of Martin Luther and his environment in the 1500's, than can be gained from only reading a book. The focus is simply on Luther and his philosophy rather than on alot of the side elements that make todays movies popular. With very good acting and a straightforward time-line, Martin Luther's story is told. The movie begins with a quick steeing of both the history of the times and the prevelant religious attitudes. After that it segues into Martin Luther as a successfull law student. Because Luther's life developed one major event after another, so the movie builds the story. A lot of history was unfolding during Luther's time (the middle of the Renaissance) and some interesting historical facts can be gleaned from the movie. Good direction, very good acting, and stark lighting all add to the historical significance of this work.

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