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Season of the Witch (2011)

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14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

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Cardinal's Priest
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Storyline

A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. Written by Momentum Pictures

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This January Raise Some Hell. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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7 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Cacería de brujas  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,612,375, 9 January 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,827,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,627,228
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Wormwood, the name of the forest where blood is shed, is also the name of a destructive entity in the Bible. This entity, a star whose name also translates as Bitterness, appears to cause widespread illness. According to Revelation 8:10-11, "The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water--the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter." See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, a war scene is placed in the middle of a desert with geographical name of Gulf of Edremit. Gulf of Edremit is in West-Northern Anatolia and has a temperate oceanic climate with a rich natural habitat and therefore not a desert. Also it is actually a gulf. See more »

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[first lines]
Peasant Girl: No! No... please! I beg you. I beg you. I'm not a witch.
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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An underrated movie. A very entertaining historical action film.
12 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

The Next Three Days was an excellent drama thriller, which is the first film I saw this year on the big screen, followed by the sensational 127 Hours. I didn't think I could get three out of three for great films. I was wrong, though not in the same league as the last two, Season of the Witch continues the chain of a great year of films for 2011.

Season of the Witch obviously wasn't highly publicised as much as other Hollywood films and most critics I have read in newspapers and quite a few people on here have lambasted this movie for being terrible, which is fair enough as everyone is entitled to their own opinion and even I thought I wouldn't give this higher than a five or six out of ten on here, but I really enjoyed this.

Basically set during the ages of the Crusades in the 14th century we are introduced to two of the main characters Behmen (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) who are knights and part of the Crusade fighting in wars for God and the Church, but during one battle Behmen kills an innocent woman and realising what he's done, he and Felson abandon the Crusades and become deserters. Eventually they come across a small town where they find the plague spreading and a cardinal (Christopher Lee) when the two men are captured asks them to transport a young woman (Claire Foy) who he believes is a witch to the monks in a remote abbey to ascertain if she is actually a witch and kill her to end the plague. Eventually Behmen and Felson agree as long she is given a fair trial. On the journey four other people join them a priest Debelzaq (Stephen Campbell Moore), a swindler who has journeyed to the abbey before and acts as their guide Hagamar (Stephen Graham), a young altar boy who dreams of being knighted Kay (Robert Sheehan) and another knight Eckhart (Ulrich Thomsen)

The cast give good performances all round. Nicolas Cage gives a great one and perfectly fits into the role gracefully. He's done some very different and daring roles recently to flex himself like The Socerers Apprentice and playing Big Daddy in Kick-Ass and like Season of the Witch it's paid off and I commend him for that. The other performance, which I thought was the best one was Claire Foy as the girl accused of being the witch, she was excellent and perfectly transitions herself into being a frightened innocent girl one moment to being very manipulative and menacing the next, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell and Robert Sheehan give decent supporting performances. Also there was a convincing buddy friendship between Cage and Pearlman with some witty one liners, though a bit cliché were used to useful comic effect, the script isn't the best, but it's certainly not too bad and is average enough. Other great things about this movie is the action, which was choreographed well and entertaining with suspense and tension, particularly the moment where the characters have to cross a deteriorated wooden bridge, the cinematography was lovely with some gorgeous scenery and the special effects were superb. Yes there is little character development and the plot is quite simplistic but even so there is a good twist near the end, which I wasn't expecting. However this is a great film overall and one which should have received much more recognition from critics and a higher rating on here overall. No it might not be anything Oscar winning, but it fulfils it's function to entertain for the whole ninety five minutes. I felt I had got my money's worth and I never got bored throughout. Very enjoyable fun.


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