Luther (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  26 September 2003 (USA)
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During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.


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Biography of Martin Luther, the 16th-century priest who led the Christian Reformation and opened up new possibilities in exploration of faith. The film begins with his vow to become a monk, and continues through his struggles to reconcile his desire for sanctification with his increasing abhorrence of the corruption and hypocrisy pervading the Church's hierarchy. He is ultimately charged with heresy and must confront the ruling cardinals and princes, urging them to make the Scriptures available to the common believer and lead the Church toward faith through justice and righteousness. Written by scgary66

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Rebel. Genius. Liberator.

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Lutero  »

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€21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$908,446 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$8,330,360 (Germany) (12 December 2003)

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There are 66 screen credited actors. Of those, 61 are male, and only 5 are female. See more »


In the scene where Luther comes across the dead peasants, they are all visibly breathing. See more »


Martin Luther: [giving a lecture] When I became a monk I believed the monk's cowl would make me holy. Was I an arrogant fool? Now they have made me a doctor of divinity and I am tempted to believe that this scholar's robe will make me wise.
Martin Luther: Well, God once spoke through the mouth of an ass, and...
Martin Luther: Perhaps he is about to do so again. But...
[leaves his rostrum and starts walking around in the classroom. The students follow him very interested with their eyes]
Martin Luther: I will tell you straight what I ...
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A Masterpiece of Historical Presentation
28 September 2003 | by (Miami, Fl) – See all my reviews

It is unfortunate that this film has such limited distribution as it to become one of the shining stars of historical dramas. Here in Miami it is only showing in 3 theaters. On opening day at 4:10 in the afternoon there were less than 10 people in the theater! Its attention to historical accuracy is commendable. The acting by Fiennes and Ustinov could not be improved in my view. I was swept away with drama and emotion of the portrayal of Luther at this time of crisis in Christianity. Interestingly the pivotal moment of the nailing of the 95 thesis to the door of the church in Wittenburg is regarded as fictional by most careful scholars of Luther! But the legend is so ingrained that I am glad it was presented. If you have any interest in the foundations of the schism with Catholicism you must see this film.

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