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The Headsman (2005)

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Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald)... See full summary »

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Martin
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Margaretha
Lili Gesler ...
Librarian's daughter
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Bertram
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Anna
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Bernhard
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Jakob
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Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald) bond as children, but walk very different paths as adults. Georg follows his calling to join the church, while Martin becomes an army captain. When fate places Martin in the role of executioner, he must choose between friendship and fundamentalist doctrine. Written by Anonymous

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inquisition | executioner | sword

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Rated R for violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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20 January 2006 (Austria)  »

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Shadow of the Sword  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Rather unusually, instead of listing all the cast members in the end credits, it mentions all the top players and then reads "and many many more". See more »

Soundtracks

O Nata Lux
Music by Thomas Tallis
Performed by Dufay Ensemble Freiburg
Published by Point Dume Musikverlag
Licensed by kind permission from Point Dume Musikverlag
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Good movie based on executioner in the middle ages
20 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I got this movie to watch without any preconceived ideas at all, no reviews to consider, but a good IMDb rating.

The intro scene caught my attention and helped set the mood and character of the two leading roles for further into the movie.

I liked the level of detail and griminess that would have been appropriate at that time and the overall setting both inside and outside the town. I'd say this was perhaps more realistic and less Hollywood than other similar period movies, such as perhaps Braveheart.

Particularly, the feeling of social exclusion for a looked down upon yet 'approved' role was quite interesting, especially in comparison to the punishable 'unapproved' yet socially acceptable roles.

Overall, this movie is one that I'd recommend and will likely watch again.


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