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The Body (2001)

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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Sharon Golban
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Moshe Cohen
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Father Lavelle
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Father Walter Winstead
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Nasir Hamid (as Makram J. Khoury)
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Dr. Sproul
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Abu Yusef (as Muhamed Bakri)
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Jordan Licht ...
Dorene
Limor Goldstein ...
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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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To find the truth, he will risk his life and challenge his faith See more »


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

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$33,565 (USA) (27 April 2001)
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The film had been in development for 15 years, with Universal going to distribute and Liam Neeson set to star. In the end, the project was dropped after Universal became nervous about the film's religious themes. See more »

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The first time, Matt Guttierez enters the tomb, he tells Sharon Golban the references of the narratives of the resurrection in the Gospel : "Matthew 27, Mark 15 and Luke 23". Actually, they are read in Matthew 28, Mark 16 and Luke 24. See more »

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Cardinal Pesci: We are counting on you to protect the church.
Father Gutierrez: Protect the faith.
Cardinal Pesci: That's synonymous. You protect the church, you protect the faith.
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When he rose from the dead,did they believe? (Bob Dylan "in the garden")
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This movie has a plus side and a minus side:

-On the plus side,the fear a priest encounters when he discovers that bones found in a Jerusalem' s grave by an archaeologist might be Jesus 's ones.So if Jesus is a man,it's a whole religion which falls down;one should note that ,for that matter ,the Muslims' and the Jews ' religions stand in little danger of bringing this about.Antonio Banderas is very convincing,I do not know if the actor is a believer,but we do believe the character he portrays is.

-On the minus side,when the movie becomes a thriller (complete with kidnapping,shootings and priest becoming a superhero),it peters out.One can admit the Jews want to keep the Vatican from getting the bones,but that part is not better than a Van Damme flick.

Watch this movie anyway cause it asks disturbing questions.


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