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The Body -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Richard Sapir (novel)
Jonas McCord (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Antonio Banderas ... Father Matt Gutierrez

Olivia Williams ... Sharon Golban

John Shrapnel ... Moshe Cohen

Derek Jacobi ... Father Lavelle

Jason Flemyng ... Father Walter Winstead
Lillian Lux ... Mother

John Wood ... Cardinal Pesci

Makram Khoury ... Nasir Hamid (as Makram J. Khoury)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Monsignor

Ian McNeice ... Dr. Sproul

Mohammad Bakri ... Abu Yusef (as Muhamed Bakri)
Yoav Dekelbaum ... Avi (as Yoav Deckelbaum)
Sami Samir ... Achmed
Jordan Licht ... Dorene
Limor Goldstein ... Galic
Ariel Horowitz ... Reb Nechtal (as Ariel Horovitz)
Roi Horowitz ... Zalman (as Roi Horovitz)
Shai Sharabi ... Street Urchin
Lillian Lax ... Mrs. Kahn
Arieh Elias ... Hamid's Father (as Arye Elias)
Sivan Shwartz ... Mark
Gilad Bergman ... Rani
Halima Abu Aguva ... Jasmine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Glover ... Jesus Christ Street Actor

Directed by
Jonas McCord 
Writing credits
Richard Sapir (novel) (as Richard Ben Sapir)

Jonas McCord (screenplay)

Produced by
Antonio Bruno .... line producer: Rome
Rudy Cohen .... producer
Mark Damon .... executive producer
Limor Diamant .... associate producer
Moshe Diamant .... executive producer
Diane Isaacs .... executive producer (as Diane Sillan Isaacs)
Nathalie Kassirer .... assistant producer
Werner Koenig .... executive producer
Alessandro Orlandi .... line producer: Rome
Original Music by
Serge Colbert 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
Alain Jakubowicz 
Lesley Walker 
Casting by
Illana Diamant 
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Allan Starski 
Art Direction by
Nenad Pecur 
Giora Porter 
Set Decoration by
William A. Cimino 
Miguel Markin  (as Miguel Merkin)
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Esther Ben-Noon .... makeup assistant (as Eti ben Nun)
Miri Ben-Schlomo .... makeup assistant (as Miri ben Shlomo)
Frances Hannon .... makeup artist
Rosario Prestopino .... makeup assistant
Orly Ronen .... assistant makeup and hair
Lisa Tomblin .... hair stylist
Production Management
Eitan Alon .... production supervisor
Dario Angeletti .... unit manager: Rome
Carlo Carpentieri .... production manager: Rome
Jon Damon .... assistant production manager
Limor Diamant .... unit production manager
Gadi Levy .... unit production manager
Victoria Lucas .... production supervisor: LA
Bernard Mazauric .... production supervisor: Rome
James Portolese .... production supervisor: LA
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zvi Bebera .... third assistant director
Serena Canevari .... first assistant director: Rome
Simone Frattari .... second assistant director: Rome
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director
Tamar Ichilov .... second assistant director
Aylam Orian .... third assistant director: Israel
Itai Tamir .... first assistant director: Israel
Lori Zaitz .... third assistant director
Art Department
Attef Salem Ahvaz .... construction assistant
Avichai Bari .... assistant dresser
Francis Blaskez .... construction assistant
Michael Blaskez .... construction assistant
Livia Borgognoni .... set decorator: Rome
Richard K. Buoen .... storyboard artist (as Rick Buoen)
Marco Canevari .... art director: Rome
Zvika Chen .... art coordinator (as Zvika Haen)
Andrew Chernakov .... painter
Yoav Dahari .... property assistant
Bob Einfrank .... painter
Bob Einfrank .... standby dresser
Antonio Fraulo .... assistant standby props
Robyn Glaser .... property assistant
Erez Goldfarb .... set dresser
Shelly Gross .... graphic designer
Sharon Haen .... assistant painter
Inon Hazan .... painter
Inon Hazan .... standby dresser
Boaz Katzenelson .... property master (as Boaz Katznelson)
Eran Kotzki .... assistant buyer (as Eran Kotzky)
Amos Lavi .... set dresser
Nurit Levy .... scenic painter
Haim Lubaton .... construction assistant
Motti Lubaton .... construction manager
Daniel Margen .... set dresser (as Daniel Magen)
Antonio Murer .... standby props
Sebastiano Murer .... props dresser (as Stebastiano Murer)
Tal Rossman .... draughtsman
Yakov Salam .... carpenter
Harbi Salame .... assistant painter
Alessio Schenone .... props dresser (as Alessio Piermichele Schenone)
Barbara Anne Bock .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Joseph E. Stone .... supplier (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bateman .... foley recordist
Jonathan Bates .... supervising sound editor
Philip Bothamley .... dialogue editor (as Phil Bothamley)
Chris Burdon .... adr recordist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Adriano Di Lorenzo .... boom operator: Rome
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lafbery .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Shahar Moshe .... cableperson (as Sachar Moshe)
Yohai Moshe .... sound mixer (as Yochai Moshe)
Alastair Sirkett .... assistant sound editor
Len Tremble .... foley editor
Richard Welsh .... dolby sound consultant
Amos Zipori .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Itzchak Bareli .... special effects assistant (as Yitzhak Bareli)
Manuel Beccaro .... special effects makeup
Pini Klavir .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Angus Cameron .... digital effects supervisor
Daniel Pettipher .... digital compositor
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Yan Dron .... stunts
Itzik Farage .... stunt coordinator (as Itsik Faraj)
Max Garnier .... stunts
Gilley Grey .... stunt double: Antonio Banderas
Vick Hakman .... stunts (as Vick Hakmon)
Rémy Julienne .... stunts
Gray Michael Sallies .... stunts
Dino Dos Santos .... stunt double: Antonio Banderas (uncredited)
Bradley Farmer .... stunt driving double: Antonio Banderas (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ofer Almog .... grip
Arie Amit .... second assistant camera: second unit
Enrico Appetito .... still photographer
Ehab Assal .... focus puller (as Ehab Assak)
Micha Ben-Simhon .... dolly grip (as Micha ben Simchon)
Mordi Boaz .... grip (as Mordy Boaz)
Patrick Bramucci .... gaffer: Rome
Bruno Colanzi .... key grip: Rome
Aviezer Dasberg .... best boy electric (as Avi Dasberg)
Don Duffield III .... second assistant camera (as Don Duffield)
Mirko Fioravanti .... electrician
Stanislao Galasso .... electrician: Italy
Alessandro Gentili .... focus puller
Gili Getter .... pre-rig gaffer (as Gilad Getter)
Nimi Getter .... gaffer (as Nimrod Getter)
Bob Gorelick .... steadicam operator (as Robert Gorelick)
Victor Hakmon .... grip (as Vick Hakmon)
Bruno Ietto .... grip
Avraham Karpick .... director of photography: second unit (as Avi Karpick)
Mark Kenedy .... electrician
Danna Kinsky .... video assist operator
Emanuele Leurini .... video assist
Aviram Levy .... electrician
Yoram Lupo .... electrician
José Ángel Manrique .... key grip
Ofer Margolin .... best boy (as Dfer Margolin)
Ofer Margolin .... electrician
Tony Nagy .... first assistant camera
Dudi Namir .... first assistant camera: second unit
Marco Peroni .... steadicam operator
Yonatan Polig .... assistant grip
Gideon Porath .... director of photography: second unit (as Gideon Porat)
Tami Porath .... still photographer (as Tami Porat)
Danny Rosenfeld .... assistant electrician
Shimon Sabach .... key grip (as Shimon Sabah)
Yehuda Sar-Israel .... camera loader
Moshe Shabbat .... best boy grip (as Moshe Shabat)
Alberto Torrecilla .... camera loader (as Alberto Torricina)
Marco Verginelli .... grip
Gaby Weismann .... third assistant camera (as Gaby Weisman)
Casting Department
Levia Hon .... casting: Israel
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francesca Brunori .... costume assistant
Michal Eini .... costume assistant
Shimon Elimelech .... costume master
Orit Kedem .... costume assistant
Anna Lillo .... seamstress
Efrat Meirav .... costume supervisor (as Efrat Merav)
Ruta Shoudenishky .... costume supervisor (as Ruta Shaudenisky)
Katherine Burchill .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tania Blunden .... post-production supervisor (as Tania Windsor Blunden)
Claire Ferguson .... assistant editor
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Nadia Naimi .... first assistant editor
John Stanborough .... color timer
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
Sylvia Wheeler .... negative cutter
Music Department
Leland Bond .... orchestrator
Pedro Eustache .... musician: ethnic flute
London Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Steve Price .... music engineer
David Snell .... conductor
Transportation Department
Ilan Appel .... driver
Ranen Armon .... production assistant: driver
Eli Ben Zer .... driver
Avi Cohen .... driver
Mitch Dasseville .... caravan driver: Mr. Banderas
Ilan Doani .... production assistant: driver
Rafi Gabai .... production assistant: driver
Moishe Gissis .... driver (as Moshe Gissis)
Avidan Hatuka .... daily driver
Nimrod Hoffman .... driver: Mr. Starski
Shmaia Kedem .... driver: production office
Yaniv Klein .... production assistant: driver
Yossi Lachmish .... honeywagon operator
Guy Magen .... driver: Mr. Starski
Asher Maman .... caravan driver: Ms Williams
Itsik Mini .... picture vehicles assistant
Eli Mualem .... driver (as Eli Muallem)
David Naim .... driver
Ben Natany .... picture vehicles assistant
Ofer Netzer .... driver: Mr. Banderas
Yoav Oron .... production assistant: driver
Izat Abu Rabia .... driver: Ms Williams
Hadar Shadmi .... production assistant: driver
Sela Shifoni .... production assistant: driver
Nissim Shriki .... mechanic
Meir Sigura .... transportation captain
Itsik Tal .... driver
Eli Zioni .... picture vehicles (as Eli Zion)
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Elisabetta Bartolomei .... production coordinator: Rome
Nitsana Bellehsen .... script supervisor
Noa Ben David .... production coordinator: Hebrew
Alessandra Bracci .... location manager: Rome
Carlo Brocanelli .... production assistant
Osnat Bukoftzer .... unit publicist (as Osnat Bukofster)
Albert T. Dickerson III .... completion guarantor
Sean Egan .... production counsel
Joy Ellison .... dialogue coach: for Mr. Banderas
David Eshel .... set production assistant
Sassi Franco .... armorer
Massimiliano Frondaroli .... production assistant
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor (as Wilma Garscadden-Gehret)
Amiram Gitzelter .... production counsel
Michal Grady .... assistant accountant
Michal Grundland .... set production assistant
Galit Hakmon .... assistant to director
Orian Hillel .... assistant to producer
Joe Hobel .... completion guarantor
Elia Izhar .... office production assistant
Malle Jensen .... personal assistant: to Mr. Banderas
Uzi Karin .... key location assistant
Nathalie Kassirer .... assistant to producer
Nathalie Kassirer .... production coordinator: second unit
Kristine Knudsen .... assistant to executive producer
Ritsko Korlander .... location assistant
Efrat Kotsky-Shemesh .... accountant
Michal Kristal .... travel coordinator
Felice Lattes .... crowd marshall
Gadi Levy .... location manager
Sherisse Levy .... craft service
Tim Levy .... production financing
Sirish Malde .... production auditor
Ami Mammi .... stand-in: Mr. Banderas
Stephen Margolis .... production financing
Maurizio Marini .... permits
Raya Meroz .... assistant accountant
Gal Moked .... assistant location manager
Ran Moncaz .... runner (as Rani Moncaz)
Mandy Morris .... production coordinator
Abu Yusef Muhamad .... office production: maintenance
Yoni Nakash .... set security
Cindy Park .... assistant to director
Sarit Rosenfeld .... medic
Simona Schwartz .... set production assistant
Jonathan Sela .... assistant: Vilmos Zsigmond
Netta Sela .... assistant accountant
Motti Shapira .... security: for Mr. Banderas
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Art Stribley .... production financing (as Arthur Stribley)
Tamar .... caterer
Ron Taylor .... lab contact
Matthew Thompson .... production counsel
Luly Torre .... location assistant
Andrea Turel .... assistant to cast
Maya Yagen .... stand-in: Ms. Williams
Dorit Yosha .... production controller
Oved Zarfati .... set security
Stacey Abrams .... special thanks
Edna Ayesh .... special thanks
Carolyn Blackwood .... special thanks
Scott Brisbin .... special thanks
Matthew Carson .... special thanks
Lourdes Diaz .... thanks
Abed El Zoabi .... special thanks
Mathew Fladell .... special thanks
Stephen Frey .... special thanks
David Gaynes .... special thanks
Raymond Gross .... special thanks
Kidmat Jaffa .... special thanks
Tatyana Joffe .... special thanks
Richard Kiratsoulis .... special thanks
Yossi Levy .... special thanks
Ian Lewis .... special thanks
Stephen Monas .... special thanks
Martin Peilstucker .... special thanks
Jenna Piccolo .... special thanks
Shlomo Shternfeld .... special thanks
Zvi Spellman .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some violent sequences and brief language
109 min
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Kristin Scott Thomas was offered the role of Sharon Golban.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Father Lavelle:What will you do, Jesuit, if you discover that it is Christ in that tomb? A man like all of us?
Father Gutierrez:I will turn to God for the answer.
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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Religion and Politics, 9 May 2003
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Well, an Israeli widow, Olivia Williams, uncovers a hidden tomb in Jerusalem, and there is some suggestion that it might be that of Christ. This causes a considerable stir in the Vatican because, after all, Christ's body shouldn't be there unless he was an ordinary man. So they send Father Antonio Banderas down there to investigate, telling him ahead of time, so that he doesn't misunderstand his mission, that "the body is not that of Christ."

Banderas and Williams form at first a kind of mismatched cop/buddy team, he instense and inhibited, she breezily outgoing and scientific. But they soon run into trouble that pulls them together in their goals. I admit I didn't understand all of the reasons why so many groups wanted to interfere with the investigation or to exploit the find for political purposes. The first trouble they run into is an orthodox Jewish sect whose members bombard them with rocks and steal an important artifact. Then there is the leader of a Palestinian group, the PLO, I mean the FLP, or rather the PDQ. He wants his henchmen to get their hands on the bones. I forget why but I'm sure the purpose is nefarious. You can tell because he's got a face on him like the assassin in Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much." And you can identify his thugs when you see them because they're all swarthier than everybody else. The head Israeli honcho in this business, Shrapnel, informs the Vatican that as soon as Jerusalem is recognized as the sole capital of a united country, the bones will be released. (I understood that.) This all leads to a final semi-violent confrontation between the PDQ leader and the priest, in which the latter is wounded and the former is blown to smithereens. Oh, that reminds me, there is some comic relief from a sloppy young Irish priest who is a computer hacker. The question of whose body it is, is resolved at the end, but nobody in the movie finds out about it, only the viewer. Father Banderas resigns his commission and decides to follow God in his own way. He writes a very nice letter to Williams, but the movie stops short of having them fall into each other's arms. Let's not disturb anybody by raising REAL problems. (Are we going to observe Shabbat? How are we going to raise the kids?)

The photography is okay, and it's an interesting exploration of modern Israel and the political and ethnic maelstrom that it is, while at the same time much less didactic than "Exodus," which might have been called "Zionism for Dummies." The acting is better than one might expect. Antonio Banderas has a sympatico appearance. He exudes sincerity in this part. And he's not a bad actor, the kind of ordinary man who engages us without being particularly glamorous, the way some European actors like Jean-Louis Trintignant or Jean Moreau do. Olivia Williams isn't quite as convincing but she is very sexy and appealing, and looks the part of a 30-ish practical-minded Israeli woman, worn but warm. She almost, but not quite, gives Banderas some chicken soup one night. The musical score sounds like it's from a stock library somewhere, from a file labeled "Suspense music." Shrapnel looks the part of the Israeli honcho too. He sounds uncannily like Paul Stewart.

This isn't a puzzle that I find particularly interesting, although I don't know why. Religious belief leads so regularly to violence and intrigue. But I don't really think that if a body were positively identified as Christ's it would change things very much. Cognitive dissonance theory suggests that, if anything, it would strengthen our beliefs in some way. (Cf., "When Prophecy Fails.") The problem would at least be papered over somehow. I'm happy that I watched it, I suppose, if only because of Olivia Williams and Antonio Banderas, both of whom are worth watching, for somewhat different reasons, but in fact I did spend two hours following this complicated story and may just be reducing post-decision dissonance.

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