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The Reckoning (2002)

R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 4 June 2004 (UK)
A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play.

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Nicholas
Marian Aguilera ...
Nicholas' Lover
Trevor Steedman ...
Jealous Husband
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Stephen
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Straw
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Tobias
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Sarah
Stuart Wells ...
Springer (as George Wells)
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Lord De Guise
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Martha
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Town Justice
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Simon Damian
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Sheriff
Hamish McColl ...
Innkeeper
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In 14th-century England, a young monk breaks his vow of chastity and flees the wrath of his bishop and fellow monks. A fugitive priest, he then witnesses the murder of a traveling performer--and subsequently, the mourning of actor by his fellow troupe members. He eventually becomes initiated into the troupe as a player, replacing the murdered man. They travel from town to town performing their standard morality play. They arrive in a town where a boy has been killed and a young deaf-mute girl has been imprisoned for the crime--sentenced to death for witchcraft and murder. Discarding the expected bible stories, the actors stage a performance based on the crime. Through the performance of the play, they discover that the townspeople know the young woman did not, in fact, commit the murder. The stage becomes a place where vital human truth is told. Thus, simultaneously, the fugitive priest comes to terms with his own crime and makes a powerful sacrifice, thereby redeeming himself. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The truth shall come to light

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for some sexuality and violent images | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$18,044 (USA) (5 March 2004)

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$256,620 (USA) (18 June 2004)
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Tom Hardy and Simon McBurney also appear in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). See more »

Goofs

The climactic cathedral showdown between Lord De Guise and Nicholas has many discontinuities and a moment where De Guise speaks when his mouth is shut. This is a deliberate artistic styling to make the scene disturbing and disorienting. See more »

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[first lines]
Nicholas: Seek those things that are above, not those things that are upon the earth.
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A medieval criminal story
20 February 2004 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

There were several reasons why I was looking forward to seeing this movie: 1) An appealing genre: It was said to be a movie in the class of 'The Name of the Rose', which is great, 2) an appealing plot, 3) an appealing trailer, which is just mesmerizing, and 4) an appealing cast, with actors such as Bettany, Dafoe and Cassel. I did find it both entertaining and including much of the right, somber mood, but still it missed something as a movie. It was just not convincing enough. I had a strong feeling that quite a few of the actors didn't fit their characters, I didn't feel anything about the characters as a spectator, the setting wasn't authentic enough, and the dramatic development was rather weak. It started out very promising, but somehow it never came to its right. But what I really enjoyed about this movie was that it was a great tribute to the art of acting. Moreover, there are great costumes and music. Actually, I would have preferred it to be a (traveling) play rather than a movie... :-) However, Paul Bettany freaks (like me) should absolutely not miss it.


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