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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26 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$5,667,046 (USA) (21 November 2003)
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Stephan Schwartz is the German voice of Luther. See more »

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When Luther is preaching to the congregation, he is walking around, whereas preachers of the time would have stayed in the pulpit. And the congregation is seated by families in pews. Pews were rare in those days--most people stood, and were generally segregated--men in one area, women and children in another. See more »

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Martin Luther: I cannot renounce all of my works because they are not all the same.First are those books in which if I have described Christian faith and life so simply that even my opponents have admitted that these books are useful. To renounce these writings would be unthinkable for that would be to renounce accepted Christian truths... The second group of my work is directed aginst the foul doctrine and evil living of the Popes, past and present... Through the laws of the Pope and the doctrines of men, ...
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Version of Martin Luther (1983) See more »

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Luther biography based on true events about the reformer monk
21 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film is a biopic concerning the Agustinian monk (1483-1546) Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes) . His life and the famous deeds from how was orchestrated the Protestant Reform are the following : He becomes a good priest and is going to Rome . There he buys indulgences for his grandfather , but he sees the reality , a corrupt Rome with the selling the indulgences to finance the basilica of San Pedro built by Leo X and previously begun by Clemente VII and Julio II . He returns to Germany where his preceptor (Bruno Ganz) sends him to Wittemberg to doctorate himself in theology studies . There preaches John Tetzel (Alfred Molina), a dreadful inquisitor . But his point of view about the Catholic church has changed and he rebels and nails himself the 95 Thesis on the door of the church . The Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in the Holy Roman Empire, where the Ninety-Five Theses famously appeared . Luther's Theses argued that the sale of indulgences was a gross violation of the original intention of confession and penance, and that Christians were being falsely told that they could find absolution through the purchase of indulgences . He rejected the Pope authority , the Saints cult , the celibacy and to practice mass . Luther along with Melanchton (Rudolph) starts the Protestant Reform . The printing press has been recently invented by Guttemberg and the Luther's ideas are quickly printed and spread everywhere as the written books titled ¨The captivity of Babilony¨, ¨The freedom of Christians¨ and ¨ The confession of Ausburg (1530)¨. Pope Leo X (Uwe Ochsenknecht) threats to Luther on ex-communion but he refuses to recant . He finally gets the ex-communion by Bulla ¨Exsurge Domine¨ but he burns it in the public square of Wittemberg . He is appointed in Worms (1521) with the presence of the emperor Charles V (Liebrech) but he doesn't regret . Prince Frederick of Xaxony (Peter Ustinov) keeps him in his castle of Wartburgo . There Martin translates the Bible into German language for ordinary people understand the New Testament . The common people follows the Martin's lectures and accuse to Catholic Church of their penury , burning churches and palaces . Meanwhile , Luther meets an ex-nun named Katherina Von Bora (Claire Cox) and marries her . The emperor summons all the German princes for confronting the Luthero's doctrine . The princes encourage and facing off emperor , they stand up against Charles V . The Luther's thesis have won in spite of the princes were defeated in Mulberg (1547) and they signed the treatise of Ausburg .

In the film appears famous historic characters who are well performed by a sensational plethora of British and German actors as Ralph Fiennes (Shakespeare in love) , Bruno Ganz (Hitler in The Downfall), Alfred Molina (Diego Rivera in Frida) and in his last film , Peter Ustinov (recently deceased , he was the immortal Nero in Quo Vadis) . The motion picture gets a colorful cinematography by Robert Frasse , an atmospheric , evocative musical score by Richad Harvey and is rightly directed by Eric Till . Devotees of the history will love this movie which is a fine tribute to Martin Luther .


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