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The Order (2003)

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A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.



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Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death. The body bears strange marks on the chest which may or may not be the sign of a Sin Eater (Furmann), a renegade who offers absolution, last rites and therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church. Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade Father Thomas (Addy) and of a troubled artist (Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged into a mystery only to find himself at the heart of it. Written by Brian Helgeland

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Behind the disguise of good hides the soul of evil. See more »

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

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Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sin Eater  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,438,899 (USA) (5 September 2003)


$7,659,747 (USA) (24 October 2003)

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According to Brian Helgeland, Peter Weller did extensive research for his role by studying old religious rituals and histrionics. See more »


The policeman tells Alex that Mara Williams has escaped. However, the character's name is Mara Sinclair. See more »


[first lines]
Alex Bernier: Every life is a riddle. The answer to mine is knowledge, born of darkness.
Alex Bernier: It wasn't always so. In the beginning, I still had questions. In the beginning, my mystery still remained.
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Version of The Sin Eater (1997) See more »


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Actually quite good if you give yourself over to it
27 April 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This should have retained the title Sineater since thats more to the point of what the film is about. This is one of those movies that shows signs of being tinkered with, mostly in that chunks of it don't make sense, or a sense that seems to have been cut out. Basically the film has Heath Ledger as a priest going to Rome to investigate the death of the head of his order. Its more complicated than that, and for a good chunk of it, it doesn't make sense, not that it ever fully does. Frankly for good or bad this film is going to stay with me for a long time. Its not what ever it was advertised as, its an occult mystery thats closer to the Club Dumas, the source of the Johnny Depp movie, the 9th Gate, than to a conventional horror film. I like the film. Its very flawed but its interesting enough and raises some good questions about salvation and the church. If you want to try something different, and don't mind that its not perfect, I say try this. (forgive me there is an urge to wax poetic about bits of it...)

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