The Body (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  13 December 2001 (Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Matt Gutierrez
Sharon Golban
Moshe Cohen
Father Lavelle
Father Walter Winstead
Lillian Lux ...
Cardinal Pesci
Nasir Hamid (as Makram J. Khoury)
Dr. Sproul
Abu Yusef (as Muhamed Bakri)
Yoav Dekelbaum ...
Avi (as Yoav Deckelbaum)
Sami Samir ...
Jordan Licht ...
Limor Goldstein ...


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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13 December 2001 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El cuerpo  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$33,565 (USA) (27 April 2001)

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Kristin Scott Thomas was offered the role of Sharon Golban. See more »


At one point Matt is said to be a "priest from America". Later he recalls fighting in the revolution in his country. See more »


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.
Sharon Golban: Why?
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 boring movie with pathetic performances
16 April 2001 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

What can be said about this movie? A bore would be appropriate. This movie lacks everything from a good screenplay to a gifted direction. Performances were bellow average, specially the one by Antonio Banderas. I was ashamed to see him acting in such a poor way. One advice about this movie: BEWARE!

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