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A crucified body dated back to the 1st century A.D is uncovered at an ancient cave in Jerusalem. Trouble ensues as word spreads.

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Father Matt Gutierrez
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Moshe Cohen
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Abu Yusef (as Muhamed Bakri)
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An ancient skeleton has been discovered in Jerusalem in a rich man's tomb. Colouration of the wrist and leg bones indicates the cause of death was crucifiction. other signs, include a gold coin bearing the marks of Pontius Pilate and faint markings around the skull, lead authorities to suspect that these could be the bones of Christ. Politicians, clerics, religious extremists and those using terror as a means to an end, find their beliefs and identities test while risking their lives to unearth the truth Written by Anonymous

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If this is His tomb... If this is the truth... It would change history and destroy the belief of millions See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violent sequences and brief language | See all certifications »

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$19,988 (USA) (20 April 2001)

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$33,565 (USA) (27 April 2001)
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Dr. Sproul: This is unusual. Minor indentations from the coronal suture along the frontal. The skin was pierced with something right to the skull, pointed objects of some kind, but not metal. You see? There's no oxidation. All the way along the supra orbital notch. Ah. Our fellow was obviously... male, yes... and certainly crucified. I'm not sure about this date, 500 BC. It appears roman.
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Dr. Sproul: Well, if you see this mark here on the ribs, looks like they finished up with a round spear. Build up of right ...
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A good idea, down the toilet
13 January 2001 | by (Alcala de Henares, Spain) – See all my reviews

The Body is an example of how an interesting idea for a movie (the ideological and political implications of the discovery of the body of a crucified man that could be Jesus Christ) can go absolutely wrong. It could have made a really good movie with interesting analysis of the situation, but it is an absolute failure: The script is very bad, with meaningless and forced dialogues. The cinematography and screenplay is very bad too with a lot of repeated and uninteresting shots (no, not that city fly-by again please...) And besides the technical details, there are a lot of senseless and very cheap scenes, and a lot of absurd events (i.e., even though the Israeli authorities are very interested in the matter, sometimes there's guards around the excavation, sometimes when the storyline needs it there are none... and I could go on...) There's no rythm, there's nothing... it's like any cheap TV telefilm.

The acting is quite bad too. However not as bad as the rest of the movie...

All in all, it's really a pity. The movie is boring, technically flawed and very badly directed. Either if you're looking for a thriller (that's the way it's being sold) or a philosophical clip, look elsewhere. It will make quite a lot of cash though, due to the presence of Banderas and a clever marketing campaign that make the movie look really good.


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