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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Chaos, unearthed. 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)  »

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Kristin Scott Thomas was offered the role of Sharon Golban. See more »


When Sharon Golban is at the airport to pick up Father Matt Gutierrez, she leaves the keys in the ignition. When she returns, she takes her keys from her pocket. See more »


Moshe Cohen: To have Israel in something so potentially dangerous to Christianity could have serious repercussions for us.
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When he rose from the dead,did they believe? (Bob Dylan "in the garden")
27 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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