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A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Heath Ledger ... Alex Bernier

Shannyn Sossamon ... Mara Sinclair

Benno Fürmann ... William Eden

Mark Addy ... Thomas Garrett

Peter Weller ... Driscoll
Francesco Carnelutti ... Dominic
Mattia Sbragia ... Apathetic Bishop
Mirko Casaburo ... Little Boy

Giulia Lombardi ... Little Girl

Richard Bremmer ... Bookstore Owner
Maria Cristina Maccà ... Sister Franca (as Cristina Maccà)
Paola Emilia Villa ... Sister Marie

Rosalinda Celentano ... Faraway Eyes Girl
Alessandra Costanzo ... Eden's Maid

Paolo Lorimer ... Englishman
Davide Odore ... Young Eden
John Karlsen ... Eden's Manservant
Fabrizio Lozzi ... Eden's Driver
David Ambrosi ... Demon

Adam Levy ... Master Builder

Bruno Bilotta ... Bigger Bouncer
Leagh Conwell ... Alex, 10 Years Old

John Schwab ... American Bureaucrat
Jon Laurimore ... Burnham, British Aristocrat

Steve Toussaint ... New York Detective

James Greene ... British Doctor
Luigi Basagaluppi ... Father of Eden
Michele Melega ... Morgue Attendant
Emanuele Carucci Viterbi ... Priest at St. Peters

Richard Leaf ... Sin Eater at St. Peters
Clive Riche ... Towncar Driver
Alex Van Damme ... Club Bartender
Barbara Pastrovich ... Irish Whore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Seeta Indrani ... Indian Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Helgeland 
Writing credits
Brian Helgeland (written by)

Produced by
Craig Baumgarten .... producer
Thomas M. Hammel .... executive producer
Brian Helgeland .... producer
Michael Kuhn .... executive producer
Giovanni Lovatelli .... co-producer
Original Music by
David Torn 
Cinematography by
Nicola Pecorini 
Film Editing by
Kevin Stitt 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
Production Design by
Miljen Kreka Kljakovic 
Art Direction by
Branimir Babic 
Domenico Sica (co-art director)
Set Decoration by
Franco Fumagalli  (as Gianfranco Fumagalli)
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Alessandro Bertolazzi .... makeup department head
Stuart Conran .... senior makeup effects artist
Paola Gattabrusi .... makeup artist
Neill Gorton .... special makeup designer
Giorgio Gregorini .... key hair stylist
Ian Morse .... special makeup effects artist
Raffaella Ragazzi .... makeup artist
Chris Trice .... animatronic designer
Production Management
Andrea Alunni .... unit manager
Charlie Davis .... post-production supervisor
Federico Foti .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilles Cannatella .... second assistant director: reshoots
Sergio Ercolessi .... first assistant director
Barbara Pastrovich .... second assistant director
Franco Maria Salamon .... second unit director
Bojana Sutic .... first assistant director: additional shoot
Livia Tovoli .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Simona Batistelli .... set dressing coordinator
Giancarlo Di Fusco .... painter
Cristiano Donzelli .... storyboard artist
Antonio Fraulo .... property master
Guy Hebeler .... scenic artist
Ennio Meloni .... carpenter
Stefano Morbidelli .... on-set dresser
Antonio Murer .... propmaker
Sebastiano Murer .... props
Valeria Paoloni .... buyer: set dresser
Alessandra Querzola .... assistant set decorator
Alessandra Querzola .... lead set dresser
Domenico Reordino .... painter
Andrea Tolomei .... painters lab
Francesco Valento .... carpenter
Claudio Villa .... lead man
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... adr editor
Bernard Bats .... production sound mixer
Bill W. Benton .... re-recording mixer
Tracy Bolt .... sound recordist
Pierre-Yves Bruneel .... boom operator
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... re-recording mixer
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Brian W. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Jon Johnson .... supervising sound editor
William Levins .... sound editor
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Angelo Palazzo .... sound editor
Miguel Rivera .... foley supervisor
Brad Sokol .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Stubblefield .... adr supervisor
Ben Wilkins .... sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Daniel Acon .... special effects coordinator
Stefano Corridori .... special effects technician
Kevin Draycott .... special effects foreman
Terry Glass .... special effects supervisor
Steve Scotton .... special effects technician
Fabio Traversari .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mark Bakowski .... digital compositor: Mill Film
Andy Barrios .... Inferno artist: ASYLUM
Angus Cameron .... on-set supervisor
Leif Einarsson .... character setup supervisor
Davina Gottschalk .... digital compositor
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects producer: Asylum (as Lindsay Burnett)
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Asylum
Grant Hewlett .... digital artist
Ian Hunter .... visual effects supervisor
Kristopher Kasper .... visual effects editor: Asylum
Joe Ken .... Inferno artist: Asylum
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: pacific title digital
Erik Lee .... CG animator
Mark Alan Loso .... compositor
Jason McDade .... character animator
Nathan McGuinness .... senior visual effects supervisor: Asylum
Matthew Merkovich .... visual effects artist
Mark P. Renton .... digital artist
Lee Robinson .... video
David Sanger .... visual effects producer
David Santiago .... effects technical director
Gunther Schatz .... 3D visual effects artist
Jason Snyman .... visual effects
Andy Stevens .... visual effects editor: Millfilm
Fabrizio Storaro .... translites images
Robert Stromberg .... digital matte artist
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Yuichiro Yamashita .... CG animator
Travis Baumann .... Inferno artist (uncredited)
Giorgio Antonini .... stunts
Paolo Antonini .... stunts
Carlo Antonioni .... stunts
Alessandro Borgese .... stunts
Jacqueline Freda .... stunts (as Jaqueline Freda)
Stefano Maria Mioni .... assistant stunt coordinator
Alessandro Novelli .... stunt double
Emiliano Novelli .... stunts
Alessandro Parrello .... stunt double
Angelo Ragusa .... stunts
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt coordinator
Massimiliano Ubaldi .... stunt double
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunts rigger (uncredited)
Jacqueline Freda .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Massimo Barbona .... grip
Roberto Barbona .... grip
Mickey Bergstrom .... video operator
Daniele Cafolla .... light board operator
Marco Cuzzupoli .... assistant camera
Massimiliano Dessena .... grip
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Francesco Di Giacomo .... focus puller
Robin Eberspacher .... assistant camera
Robin Eberspacher .... film loader
Stefano Falivene .... camera operator
Clement Gharini .... camera operator: flying camera
Michele Giuseppe Lacerenza .... electrician
Alessandro Martella .... assistant camera
Giorgio Perluigi .... assistant camera
Francisco Pintore .... second assistant "a" camera
Marco Sacerdoti .... camera operator
Alessandra Sangermano .... video assist operator: additional scenes
Marco Santarelli .... grip
Paolo Tiberti .... grip
Giorgio Toso .... assistant camera
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
Casting Department
Suzanne Crowley .... casting: UK
Krassimir Ivanov .... casting assistant: Rome
Gilly Poole .... casting: UK
Piero Proietti .... extras casting
Tonino Proietti .... extras casting
Shaila Rubin .... casting: Rome
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tim Aslam .... assistant costume designer
Alma Barbieri .... workshop tailor
Stefania Corsetti .... costume assistant
Giovanni Lipari .... set costumer
Annalisa Schmid .... costume department coordinator
Giovanni Scotti .... wardrobe master
Marco Scotti .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color consultant
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Peter McNulty .... additional editor
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. .... assistant editor
Lonnie A. Mathes .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Filippo Lovatelli .... assistant location manager
Michela Occhipinti .... assistant location manager
Erik Paoletti .... location manager
Franco Rapa .... location services: Naples, Italy
Music Department
Rachel Bolt .... viola
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Bryan Lawson .... assistant music editor
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor
Shiro Gutzie .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paolo Bernardini .... driver
Gabriella Di Santo .... transportation coordinator
Enrico Latella .... transportation captain
Massimiliano Rocchetti .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cecilia Alvarenga .... production coordinator
Damian Anderson .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Arpesella .... adr voice group
Leonardo Bertini .... set production assistant
Rino Bonavita .... accountant
Lilli Bonolis .... film assistant
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Kevin Richard Buxbaum .... production accountant
Sabrina Canale .... personal assistant: Mr. Heath Ledger
Giorgio Catalano .... production accountant
Piera Cimino .... workshop tailor
Flavio De Simone .... production assistant
Fiona Dwyer .... additional adr voice
Alessandro Fiorito .... assistant accountant
Maria Fiorito .... accountant
Beatrice Giraud .... first assistant accountant
Gerry Grennell .... dialogue coach
Brooke Johnston .... assistant: Craig Baumgarten
Corrado Meotti .... key set production assistant
Giorgia Pellegrini .... production secretary
Jurgen Proschinger .... finance manager: Kuhn & Co.
Silvia Riolo .... production assistant
Patrizia Roletti .... assistant coordinator
Cristiano Sebastianelli .... cashier
Cristiano Sebastianelli .... payroll
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Grant Stoner .... assistant: Craig Baumgarten
Andrea Tolomei .... runner
Vittorio Torrieri .... workshop tailor
Benedetta Von Normann .... production secretary
Vanna Bonta .... adr voice: spirit voices (uncredited)
Francesco Scopelliti .... production assistant (uncredited)
Malcolm Ritchie .... the producers wish to thank

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Also Known As:
"The Sin Eater" - Australia, Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), Singapore (English title), UK, USA (working title)
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Rated R for violent images, sexuality and language
102 min | Portugal:95 min
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Did You Know?

Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, and Mark Addy all previously appeared together in A Knight's Tale (2001).See more »
Miscellaneous: When Thomas is in the hospital speaking with Mara, the IV blood bag in the background is actually a zip lock bag.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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Movie Connections:
Version of The Sin Eater (1997) (TV)See more »
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Names of the Hebrew letters with his hand writing The Sin Eater (William Eden)
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Dark thriller about a young priest who is sent to investigate when the head of the order dies, 3 February 2013
Author: ma-cortes

Suspense, mystery , shocks and grisly horror is this average terror film about occultism . It deals with a young reverend named Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests known as Carolingians , he is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order . The body bears strange marks on the chest which may or may not be the sign of a Sin Eater named William Eden (Vincent Cassel had originally been cast but left the production after three weeks due to "creative differences" , as he has been replaced by Benno Fürmann), a renegade who offers absolution, last rites ; therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church and unleashing fantastic powers . Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade named Father Thomas (Mark Addy) . Meantime ,the father is attempting to find out the bottom of events and he soon finds himself plunged into a mystery only to find himself at the heart of it.

This is an average suspenseful and horrifying story , based on a screenplay by Brian Helgeland , also producer and filmmaker . The movie begins slowly and grows more and more until the twisted , creepy and eerie finale . Mediocre picture , thanks to passable acting , slow-moving pacing , middlingly mounted edition and skillful special effects . The film contains restless terror and usual poltergeists phenomenon . Passable acting by Heath Ledger as Alex , a priest sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding a strange death and Sossamon as a troubled artist upon whom he once performed an exorcism . Enjoyable secondary cast as Mark Addy , Benno Furmann and special mention to Peter Weller , according to Brian Helgeland, did extensive research for his role by studying old religious rituals and histrionics. It is produced with little budget but well recreated with high grade special effects that are frightening and horrifying to spectator as when the sin eater carries out his abilities . It's actually halfway decent terror movie that failed at the box office and it will appeal to ghostly and eerie events fonds . Originally scheduled for January 17, 2002, the film's release date was postponed when the visual effects had to be redone because they were thought to be unintentionally funny , according to a anonymous source close to the production quoted by Variety magazine, the special effects depicting sins exiting the human body after death looked like "calamari".

The picture packs a colorful as well as dark cinematography by Nicola Pecorini and eerie musical score by David Torn . The motion picture was regularly written , produced and directed by Brian Helgeland . Brian is a prestigious screenwriter , he won both his Oscar and a Razzie award the same weekend in 1998: He took Best Screenplay for L.A. Confidential (1997) and Worst Screenplay for Kevin Costner's The Postman (1997). He wrote the draft of the screenplay for Bourne supremacy (2004) but is not credited in the final film. His directing mentor was Richard Donner when they worked together on Conspiratión (1997) and then when Brain started to direct Payback (1999). He went on working on scripts of "Blood Work" and "Mystic River" for Clint Eastwood. An directed this ¨Sin eater¨ with Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, and Mark Addy all previously appeared together in ¨knight's tale¨. The motion picture will appeal to religious thriller buffs and dark atmosphere enthusiasts .

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