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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (play)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Luther (2003)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov
Martin Luther (1953)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Niall MacGinnis, John Ruddock, Pierre Lefevre
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A high ranking RC priest finds out he has terminal cancer. His faith is tested when faced with imminent death. At the same time he is asked to travel to a remote village in the south of ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green
Stars: John Mills, Stéphane Audran, Jason Miller
Certificate: GP Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Merediths move to an isolated farm. Mrs. Meredith and the neighbour Will Cade become friends and anticipate becoming lovers.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn, Fritz Weaver
Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Miss Poly decides to spend a few months with her wealthy spinster aunt as a traveling companion. While in India her Aunt's demise leaves her alone to persue her freedom and explore an arms ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Hayley Mills, Trevor Howard, Shashi Kapoor
Dead Cert (1974)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

As a surprise, two horse owners decide to ride their animals themselves in a steeplechase. But Bill Davidson's horse "Admiral" behaves weirdly, and falls hard after an obstacle. Bill dies ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Scott Antony, Judi Dench, Michael Williams
Galileo (1975)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This bio-pic is about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Haim Topol, Edward Fox, Colin Blakely
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe. But no one knows about "the sickness" that drives him to kill.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell, Tisha Sterling
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Drama which follows the parallel stories of two couples in crisis and their connection to a drowned woman found in a river.

Director: Anthony Simmons
Stars: Ann Lynn, Judi Dench, Norman Rodway
The Squeeze (1977)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A gang kidnaps a women and her daughter to extort money from her rich husband. He and her down on his luck ex-husband who's an ex cop, decide to try to deal with the kidnappers themselves.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Stacy Keach, David Hemmings, Edward Fox
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, John Carroll, Karen Steele
River Beat (1954)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A London police inspector is patrolling the river looking for smugglers, when he becomes attracted to a woman working as a ship's radio operator. When the woman turns up in possession of ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Phyllis Kirk, John Bentley, Robert Ayres
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

April 1976 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

John Osborne's Luther  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir John Gielgud was booked to play a major extended cameo but dropped out. See more »

Connections

Version of BBC Play of the Month: Luther (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
He Betrayed His Revolution
1 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The first impression you might have is that there is no way that John Osbourne, the creator of the frustrated Jimmy Porter in Look Back In Anger, could possibly have reached back five centuries for the subject matter of another play. Osborne's best work Look Back In Anger is firmly rooted in the 20th century, dealing with the post empire Great Britain that he knew and was part of.

Luther of course is about the founder of one large sect of Protestantism, Martin Luther of 16th century Germany which was a geographical expression, not a country at that time. Luther was an angry young man like Jimmy Porter who revolutionized theology in his time and issued the bluntest, most direct challenge to the supremacy of the Catholic Church and the Pope. He founded his church which became supreme in Northern Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

But when the peasants started to revolt, Luther betrayed the revolution he started and urged that they be put down as severely as possible which they were. It's for this that John Osborne indicts him in his work. It is the biggest tragedy of Luther's career and the one in which the Catholics never stop heaping scorn on him, a lot of it justified.

The film Martin Luther from the Fifties that starred Niall McGinniss and the recent Luther that starred Joseph Fiennes from this decade do not deal with part of the Luther story. We see a very flawed human being, torn by a most exquisite conscience and frightened about the forces he has unloosed. One of the church elders who admonishes him says that the peasants want the gold and silver of the church, not a new kind of faith and he's not completely wrong.

Stacy Keach takes Albert Finney's place who originally created the role on Broadway where the play ran for 211 performances in 1963. Keach does a fine job in the part as does Judy Dench as Mrs. Luther, Patrick Magee as Luther's father and Hugh Griffith as one of his church superiors who lays the law down to him, unsuccessfully.

No doubt we've not seen the last interpretation of this man's life. Martin Luther will be reinterpreted by historians and dramatists for centuries.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Martin Luther (1953), Luther (1974) or Luther (2003) lthrn
Discuss Luther (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?