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The Order -- Following a series of unexplained murders, a renegade priest begins an investigation that hurls him into a maelstrom of unimaginable evil, murder, and the knowledge that there is a fate worse than death.
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Writer (WGA):
Brian Helgeland (written by)
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5 September 2003 (USA) See more »
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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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Tracy Bolt .... sound recordist
Pierre-Yves Bruneel .... boom operator
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound 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
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
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
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)
Music Department
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
Filippo Lovatelli .... assistant location manager
Corrado Meotti .... key set production assistant
Michela Occhipinti .... assistant location manager
Erik Paoletti .... location manager
Giorgia Pellegrini .... production secretary
Jurgen Proschinger .... finance manager: Kuhn & Co.
Franco Rapa .... location services: Naples, Italy
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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Additional Details

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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to Brian Helgeland, Peter Weller did extensive research for his role by studying old religious rituals and histrionics.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:
References "Mod Squad" (1968)See more »
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Names of the Hebrew letters with his hand writing The Sin Eater (William Eden)
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61 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
Superb film, but it requires viewers to slown down, pay attention and think, 14 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

After Dominic (Francesco Carnelutti), a priest who is one of the last of the Carolingian order, dies of an apparent suicide, the other two remaining Carolingians, Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger) and Thomas Garret (Mark Addy), come to Rome to learn what happened. While there, they discover that something much more sinister is afoot.

I can see why The Order would have difficulty being commercially successful. And that's too bad, because this is an excellent film. The "problem" leading to a commercial struggle is that writer/director Brian Helgeland created a very intelligent script that assumes the viewer does not need everything spelled out to them. This is a film that opens by placing us in the middle of a complex world, with a deep history, so that we have to pay attention and do a bit of detective work to get up to speed initially. The script is full of unexplained references to beliefs and traditions of the Catholic Church and "orders" such as Carolingians and Jesuits. It is densely packed with clever dialogue, subtle puns and other kinds of literary devices and references. It uses, and some understanding of the film depends on, occasional phrases in Latin, Aramaic, French and Italian (although most of the important words and phrases are translated for us). This is not a light "popcorn" movie, and it is a slow burner. If you were not to fully pay attention and actively think about the film, you could easily become lost or confused.

The performances are superb. Alex, Thomas, Mara Sinclair (Shannyn Sossamon), William Eden (Benno Furmann), and Driscoll (Peter Weller) all seem like real people with complex personalities and back stories. Visually, Helgeland creates and sustains an incredible eerie atmosphere throughout the film. It's so remarkable that a repeated viewing focusing only on the production design, cinematography and composition would be very rewarding. The music, by David Torn, one of my favorite modern composers and musicians, is exceptional. And the relatively sparse visual effects are beautiful, well placed and appropriately surreal.

The story is captivating and becomes more so as it continues. It is wonderfully "gray" about its subject matter when it counts. This is a film that not only bears but demands repeated viewings, but you have to be able to slow down and think while viewing--don't expect action set pieces (although there are a couple minor bits of action), a gorefest, or MTV-styled editing.

The ending of The Order cries out for a sequel, but not because the ending is at all incomplete, or because there was a monster who just wouldn't die. However, given that the film only grossed a fraction of its 38 million dollar budget, those of us who are fans of this film will have to keep our fingers crossed.

A 10 out of 10 from me.

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