A man's views cause a rift between peasants and the church.



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Complete credited cast:
Patrick Magee ...
Johan Von Eck
Thomas De Vio
The Knight
Brother Weinand
Maurice Denham ...
Peter Cellier ...
Thomas Heathcote ...
Malcolm Stoddard ...
King Charles
Bruce Carstairs ...
Duke of Saxony
Matthew Guinness


A man's views cause a rift between peasants and the church.

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In 1525 the world was rocked by a powerful explosion. His name was Luther.


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Release Date:

April 1976 (UK)  »

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John Osborne's Luther  »

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Finney versus Keach
25 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Albert Finney created the role of Luther, which he played in both London and New York between 1961 and 1964. Every review of Finney's performance that I have seen was positive. So I can't help wishing that he had played the part on film.

I believe Stacy Keach is one of the best American actors, but he seems to struggle with this role, at least during the early scenes, in which he uses, bizarrely, a pseudo-Irish accent. Later on, however, Keach digs more deeply into the role; and his performance is ultimately impressive, even moving.

The play seems a little dated, particularly regarding its neo-Brechtian touches over Luther's diatribe against the peasants. But given Keach's work and that of the splendid supporting actors (especially Robert Stephens, Judi Dench, Patrick Magee, Alan Badel), the film remains well worth seeing.

"Luther" was part of the American Film Theatre series, in which certain plays were adapted for film and exhibited in some 500 US theatres on a subscription basis --

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