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The Reckoning -- An exiled 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.
The Reckoning -- 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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26 February 2004 (Hungary) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Paul Bettany ... Nicholas
Marian Aguilera ... Nicholas' Lover
Trevor Steedman ... Jealous Husband

Simon McBurney ... Stephen

Tom Hardy ... Straw

Brian Cox ... Tobias

Willem Dafoe ... Martin

Gina McKee ... Sarah
Stuart Wells ... Springer (as George Wells)

Vincent Cassel ... Lord De Guise

Elvira Mínguez ... Martha

Richard Durden ... Town Justice

Ewen Bremner ... Simon Damian

Mark Benton ... Sheriff
Hamish McColl ... Innkeeper

Matthew Macfadyen ... King's Justice
Luke de Woolfson ... Daniel
Niall Buggy ... Priest

Julian Barratt ... Gravedigger
Luisa Requena Baron ... Baker
Pedro Martinez De Dioni ... Carpenter
Tom Georgeson ... Flint

Simon Pegg ... Gaoler
Teresa Berganza ... Wells' Mother (as Maria Berganza)
Rafa Izuzkiza ... Wells' Father (as Rafa Izuzquiza)
José Luis Martínez Gutiérrez ... Man at Play (as Jose Luis Martinez)
Valerie Pearson ... Woman at Play

James Cosmo ... Lambert
Balbino Lacosta ... Chamberlain
Heathcote Williams ... Undertaker

David Luque ... Captain of the Guard

Directed by
Paul McGuigan 
Writing credits
Barry Unsworth (novel "Morality Play")

Mark Mills (screenplay)

Produced by
Mark Albela .... associate producer
Stephen Evans .... executive producer
Angus Finney .... executive producer
Sarah Halioua .... co-producer
Denise O'Dell .... co-producer
Andrew Warren .... line producer
Caroline Wood .... producer
Original Music by
Adrian Lee 
Mark Mancina 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme 
Casting by
Jina Jay 
Production Design by
Andrew McAlpine 
Art Direction by
Julian Ashby 
John Ralph (supervising art director)
Jordi Yria Roca 
Set Decoration by
Anna Pinnock 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
María Carmen Clavel .... makeup artist (as María Del Carmen Clavel)
Caroline Frazer .... makeup artist
Ana Belén Galiano Pérez .... crowd makeup artist
Sue Ignatius .... makeup artist
Carmela Maellas .... crow makeup artist
Maureen McGill .... hair stylist
Sarah Monzani .... chief makeup designer
Carmela Perez .... crowd makeup artist
Graham Pownall .... personal hair stylist: Mr. Cox and Mr. McFadyan
Simon Thompson .... chief hair designer
Production Management
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor .... production manager
Yousaf Bokhari .... production supervisor
Félix Burgos .... unit manager: Spain
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Mark Mostyn .... unit production manager: Spain
Charlie Thompson .... unit manager: UK
Cristina Zumárraga .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Baker .... second assistant director
Iñaki Beraza .... third assistant director: Spain
Yousaf Bokhari .... first assistant director
Joe Geary .... third assistant director
Andrew Hulme .... second unit director
Juan Jiménez .... second assistant director
Alex Oakley .... additional second assistant director
Mary Soan .... first assistant director: UK
Art Department
Mark Bartholomew .... draughtsman
Robert Betts .... stand-by painter
Emilio Cañuelo .... carpenter
Rafael Ceballos .... stand-by props
Alan Chesters .... construction manager
Leigh Chesters .... carpenter
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist
José Luque Cruz .... carpenter
Martin Duffy .... stand-by carpenter
Gavin Fitch .... chief draughtsman
Ian Fryer .... storeman
Michael Gunner .... supervising painter
Danny Hunter .... property master
Paul Inglis .... draughtsman
David Ned Kelly .... supervising carpenter (as David Kelly)
John Knight .... stand-by props
Ray Lee .... prop buyer
Pirra Jesús Lorenzo .... assistant art director: Spain
Jonas Maldonado .... stand-by props
Jon Marson .... stand-by props
Iain McFadyen .... storyboard artist
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator: Spain
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Colin Mutch .... stand-by props
David Packard .... scenic artist
John Palmer .... prop buyer: Spain
Sandra Phillips .... art department assistant
Alexandra Walker .... assistant art director
Michael Webb .... supervising stagehand
Tom Whitehead .... junior draughtsman
Frank Howe .... drapesman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... sound re-recording mixer
Antonio Bloch .... production sound mixer
Edward Bulman .... foley editor (as Ed Bulman)
Ricky Butt .... foley artist
Jens Christensen .... sound re-recording mixer
Sara Fijo .... boom operator
Susan French .... dialogue editor
Matt Grimes .... supervising sound editor
Alistair Hawkins .... assistant sound editor
John Hughes .... boom operator
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dean Humphries)
Hugh Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Kennedy .... sound effects editor
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Keith Marriner .... supervising dialogue editor
Leslie Mona Mathis .... adr mixer: New York
Jody Nazzaro .... adr recordist: New York
Steve Schwalbe .... adr editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Graeme Stoten .... foley editor
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Richard Todman .... additional adr editor
John Warhurst .... additional adr editor
Bernard O'Reilly .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects coordinator
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Óscar Abades .... special effects assistant
Ángel Alonso .... special effects coordinator
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor: UK
Román Cabrera .... special effects assistant
Juan Carlos Corroto .... special effects assistant
Mark Haddenham .... special effects senior technician
John Mason .... snow effects floor supervisor
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... senior snow effects technician
Juan Carlos Urbán .... special effects assistant
Joaquín Vergara .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mark Bakowski .... digital compositor
Steve Boag .... titles and opticals
Dave Early .... digital matte painter (as David Early)
Charles Green .... optical camera and grading
Martin Hobbs .... visual effects plate producer
Antony Hunt .... executive Producer: Mill Film
Emma Ibbetson .... visual effects producer: main title sequence
Andrew Jeffery .... optical cameraman: Mill Film (as Andy Jeffery)
Dylan Kendle .... title design
Luke Pendrell .... main title designer
Daniel Pettipher .... digital supervisor: Cinesite
David Sewell .... digital compositor
Angie Wills .... visual effects producer
Álvaro Hernández Arriero .... stunt performer
Jorge Huergo .... stunts
Eugenio Jiménez .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt coordinator
Álvaro Quiroga .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
John Arnold .... grip: second unit
Reg Boddy .... electrician
Robert Diebelius .... stand-by rigger
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator
Jon Elicegi .... video assist operator
Shaun Evans .... focus puller
Roberto Fernández .... clapper loader: Spain
Wilf France .... clapper loader
Jiri Gazda .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Jiri Gazda .... grip
Mark Goldeman .... rigger
Darren Grosch .... rigging gaffer
Paul Harford .... lighting rigger
Rab Harling .... clapper loader: "b" camera, UK
Dai Hopkins .... key grip
Clive Mackey .... focus puller
Dave Oldroyd .... electrician (as David Oldroyd)
Ben Perry .... clapper loader: UK
Ray Potter .... gaffer
Keith Sewell .... Steadicam operator
Martin Stephens .... camera operator
Ben Tilley .... camera trainee
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
Casting Department
Shaheen Baig .... casting associate
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Camilla-Valentine Isola .... casting: Spain
Mamen Moya .... crowd casting director
Pilar Moya .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marianne Agertoft .... key set costumer
María Luisa Durán .... wardrobe assistant: Spain
Aurora Ferré .... costume breakdown (as Aurora Ferre Pereira)
Suzy Freeman .... costume supervisor
Madeline Herbert .... costume breakdown (as Madeleine Hubert)
Sergio Hernandez .... mask maker
Salvador Mateu .... mask maker
James Pavlou .... wardrobe assistant
José Vico .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Tomas Cabral .... post-production assistant
Mark Gravil .... assembly editor
Riaz Meer .... assistant editor
Gemma Spector .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Bruce White .... viola
Other crew
Mark Beaumont .... production accountant
Carrie Bond .... production assistant: Spain
Philip Clark .... location scout
Johnnie Clements .... stand-in: UK
Francisco Cortes .... acquisitions & co-productions: Paramount Classics
Leoni Cotgrove .... production secretary: Spain
Marta de Dios .... producer secretary
Ignacio de Loyola .... carts engineer
Cristina Ecija .... production secretary
Elizabeth Gemmill .... medieval researcher
Sally Grace .... dialogue coach
Dez Gray .... floor runner: UK
Andrew Hill .... health and safety advisor
Alan John .... laboratory contact
Debbie Kaye .... horses
Vernice Klier .... dialogue coach: Vincent Cassel
Gabby Le Rasle .... production runner
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Fry Martin .... assistant accountant
Luis Miguel Mateos .... horse wrangler
Rafael Molina .... animal wrangler
Luis Navarro Merino .... legal services
Luke Pendrell .... main title sequence designer
Sebastian Pereira .... horse wrangler
Gemma Rawsthorne .... assistant production accountant
Adam Richards .... location manager
John Robertson .... supervising rigger
Melinda Smith .... assistant coordinator
Phil Symes .... unit publicist
Jane Templeton .... production coordinator
Sarah-Jane Wilson .... assistant production accountant
Peter Berry .... special thanks
Simon Crawford Collins .... special thanks
Ashley Rowe .... special thanks

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Rated R for some sexuality and violent images
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Jared Harris was offered a key role.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The troupe of actors is heading north, as they tell Nicholas at the campfire, but when they come to a collapsed bridge shortly afterwards and debate whether to go west or east along the river, they point to their right as being west, which is the wrong way round.See more »
[first lines]
Nicholas:Seek those things that are above, not those things that are upon the earth.
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Solid historical context adds to the mystery, 12 February 2006
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Nikolas (Paul Bettany) is a 14th (or so) century priest with a guilty conscience. Guilty of adultery, he exiles himself to the countryside and casts his lot with a group of itinerant theatrical players lead by Martin (DaFoe). Though Nikolas has no discernible acting talent, the troupe begins to grow attached to him, especially as he develops an interest in the mystery of the disappearance and death of several young boys in a small town the players have come to visit. Nikolas exhumes the corpse, attracting the attention and ire of the local magistrate, and discovers a cover-up and conspiracy which his conscience can not allow to go unexposed. Since the courts, the local law enforcement, the church and the local nobility will not listen, Nikolas must plead his case to the citizenry. The troupe takes up the task using their well honed talents.

This is a very clever, well written, very well filmed, carefully planned piece of historical fiction. The medieval period is portrayed with far greater accuracy and sensitivity than the usual contemporary film affords, though its cleanliness is a bit absurd, the set is magnificent and reminiscent of Herzog's talents in creating a historic context. The language of the film is also as authentic as it could be without resorting to archaic tongues few would understand. The acting is exceptional, though a couple of Bettany's soliloquies were a little predictably presented (he seems to do a lot of this sort of thing) with DaFoe and Gina McKee providing especially touching and intense performances.

The acting and strong script combine to make The Reckoning as good as a character study as it is as a dramatic mystery. It is not, however, a fast paced thriller and will undoubtedly disappoint those used to the style of mystery currently in vogue - that is guns-a-blazin' sex and violence-decorated kill-fests. If you're not in the mood for a slow-moving but intense film experience, avoid The Reckoning. If you want to be immersed in a different, but very real, world, and experience a contemporary issue through the eyes of those who live in that world, see it.

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