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Constantine's Sword -- No war is holy. CONSTANTINE’S SWORD is an exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning that reveals the religious infiltration of the U.S. military.
Constantine's Sword -- Acclaimed actor Gabriel Byrne contacted us and recorded a moving personal introduction, available on the DVD of Constantine’s Sword. He also shared with us his broader reactions to the story of Jim Carroll in a heartfelt interview, here.


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An exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Liev Schreiber ... Constantine (voice)

Philip Bosco ... Gian Pietro Caraffa (voice) (as Phillip Bosco)

Natasha Richardson ... Edith Stein (voice)

Eli Wallach ... Piero Terracina (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Berrigan ... Himself (archive footage) (as Father Daniel Berrigan)
James Carroll ... Himself
Karl-Josef Gilles ... Himself - Rhineland National Museum (as Dr. Karl-Josef Gilles)

Ted Haggard ... Himself

Gary Hart ... Himself - Former Senator, Colorado

Dustin Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage)
Karl Lehmann ... Himself - Cardinal
Kristen Leslie ... Herself - Yale University (as Dr. Kristen Leslie)
David Limentani ... Himself
Monica Limentani ... Herself
Peter Mazur ... Himself - Fellow, American Academy in Rome
Jarek Mensfeld ... Himself - Auschwitz-Birkenau Guide
Melinda Morton ... Herself - Former Air Force Academy Chaplain
Maria Amata Neyer ... Herself - Edith Stein Archivist (as Sister Amata)
Reiner Nolden ... Himself - Director, State Archive Trier (as Dr. Reiner Nolden)
Stan Obirek ... Himself (as Father Stan Obirek)
Elaine Pagels ... Herself - Biblical Scholar
Brent Parsley ... Himself - Youth Pastor, New Life Church
John Pawlikowski ... Himself - President, International Council of Christians & Jews
Claudio Parisi Presicce ... Himself - Curator, Capitoline Museum
John Rosa ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lt. General John Rosa)
Piero Terracina ... Himself
Amanda Weinstein ... Herself - Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force
Casey Weinstein ... Himself - Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force
Mikey Weinstein ... Himself - U.S. Air Force Academy 1977
Johnny Whitaker ... Himself - Director of Communications, USAF Academy
Leon Wieseltier ... Himself - Writer
Tullia Zevi ... Herself - President, Italian Jewish Community

Directed by
Oren Jacoby 
Writing credits
James Carroll (book "Constantine's Sword")

James Carroll (written by) and
Oren Jacoby (written by)

Produced by
James Carroll .... producer
Donald Cutler .... co-producer: Prologue Prods.
Raffaella Di Giulio .... field producer: Rome (as Fafaella Di Giulio)
Leslie Friedman .... associate producer
Julie Gautier-Holt .... field producer: Colorado
Charlotte Gladstone .... associate producer
Oren Jacoby .... producer
Ivette Löcker .... field producer: Germany
Alexandra Salomon .... field producer: Rome
Elgin Smith .... supervising producer
Michael Solomon .... producer
Betsy West .... producer
Original Music by
Joel Goodman 
Cinematography by
Robert Richman 
Film Editing by
Kate Hirson 
Sound Department
Rob Daly .... sound effects editor
Richard Fairbanks .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Fairbanks .... supervising sound editor
Jeremy Goldsmith .... sound engineer
Peter Miller .... additional sound (as Peter J. Miller)
Eddie O'Connor .... sound recordist (as Edward L. O'Connor)
Roger Phenix .... additional sound
Juan Rodriguez .... additional sound
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Brian Oakes .... title sequence and motion graphics
Gregory Rusling .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paola Barbaglia .... first assistant camera: Italy
John Bourbonais .... first assistant camera: Colorado
Nicole Erksmeier .... first assistant camera: Germany
Max Fischer .... steadicam operator: Washington, D.C.
Wolfgang Held .... additional photographer
Oren Jacoby .... additional photographer
Piotr Jagninski .... gaffer: New York (as Piotr 'Ski' Jagninski)
Pawel Kajszczek .... first assistant camera: Poland (as Pawel Kajszczak)
Paul Kaye .... gaffer: New York
Grzegorz Kuleta .... grip: Poland
Gillian MacBride .... grip: Italy
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... gaffer: New York (as Mike 'Electric' Mervilde)
Smokey Nelson .... gaffer: New York
Enrico Pergolini .... additional photographer
Claudia Raschke .... additional photographer (as Claudia Raschke-Robinson)
Elgin Smith .... additional photographer
Michael Solomon .... additional photographer
Joia Speciale .... first assistant camera: New York
Hossein Taheri .... grip: Italy
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera: New York
Mike Wilson .... grip: Washington, D.C.
Jeremy Wocker .... first assistant camera: Colorado
Editorial Department
Will Cox .... colorist
Will Cox .... on-line editor
Carter Gunn .... on-line assistant
Sandy Patch .... on-line assistant
Elgin Smith .... additional editor
Transportation Department
Andrzej Durman .... driver: Poland
Helge Jansen .... driver: Germany
Other crew
Aleksandra Adamowicz .... fixer: Poland
Marc Aidinoff .... intern
Juan Barrera .... production assistant: Colorado
Patrick Carroll .... intern (as Patrick Marshall Carroll)
Nicola Di Giulio .... production assistant: Italy
Robert Freedman .... legal counsel (as Robert I. Freedman)
Brigitte Hillebrecht .... translator: Germany
Katherine Hindley .... researcher
Wojtek Janiszewski .... production assistant: Poland
Frantz Jasmin .... production assistant: New York (as Frantz Jasmine)
Jordan Leland .... intern
Angela McDowell .... intern
Jamie Meyer .... production assistant: New York
Fulvio Pannese .... production assistant: Italy
Lionel Perez .... production assistant: New York
Natalie Picoe .... licensing
Julie Rubenstein .... intern
Amy Schewel .... archival supervisor
Maria Skapska .... fixer: Poland
Matt Vascellaro .... intern
Joshua Weinberg .... production assistant: Colorado
Jeffrey Yoskowitz .... intern
Raffaella Di Giulio .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Aureliano Amadei .... special thanks
Smith Bagley .... very special thanks
Jens Baumeister .... special thanks
Barbara Becker-Jackli .... special thanks (as Dr. Barbara Becker-Jackli)
Oded Ben Hur .... special thanks
Amy Binder .... very special thanks
Mary Boys .... special thanks
Keith Brace .... special thanks
Peter Broderick .... special thanks
Trish Brush-Krums .... special thanks (as Trish Brush)
Patrick Carroll .... special thanks (as Patrick Marshall Carroll)
Mary Daly .... special thanks
Arnold Delin .... very special thanks
Serdar Demir .... special thanks
Kelly Dougherty .... special thanks
Irvin Ehrlich .... special thanks (as Rabbi Irvin Ehrlich)
Alan Epstein .... special thanks
Theresa Fagan .... special thanks
Barry Fagin .... special thanks
Michelle Fagin .... special thanks
Marjorie Federbush .... special thanks
Elizabeth Fineron .... special thanks
Michael Fitzgerald .... special thanks (as Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald)
Erin Fitzpatrick .... special thanks
Abraham Foxman .... special thanks (as Abe Foxman)
R. William Franklin .... special thanks (as Rev. R. William Franklin)
Elizabeth Frawley Bagley .... very special thanks
Howard Ganek .... very special thanks
Konstanty Gebert .... special thanks
Marty Granoff .... very special thanks
Perry Granoff .... very special thanks
Eugene M. Grant .... very special thanks
Alex Gross .... special thanks
Martin Gross .... very special thanks
Richard Haass .... special thanks
Anne Harrison .... special thanks
Dean Heinz Heckwolf .... special thanks
Monica Herrera .... special thanks
Willy Holtzman .... special thanks
Eric Horowitz .... special thanks
Ashley Hubbard .... special thanks
Patricia Huhn .... special thanks
Jane Jacoby .... special thanks
Ann Kaplan .... very special thanks
Caroline Kaplan .... special thanks
Christoph Klinkhammer .... special thanks
Stanislaw Krajewski .... special thanks
Ron Kronish .... special thanks
Tomasz Kuncewicz .... special thanks
Agnieszka Legutko-Olownia .... special thanks
Abraham Lehrer .... special thanks
Thomas Lennon .... special thanks
Glen Lewy .... very special thanks
Daniel A. Madigan .... special thanks
Janusz Makuch .... special thanks
Mario Marazziti .... special thanks
Alexandra Marshall .... special thanks
Carlo Maria Martini .... special thanks (as Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini)
Matthew Mazur .... special thanks
Susan Mercandetti .... special thanks
James Parks Morton .... special thanks (as Rev. James Parks Morton)
Robin Neustein .... very special thanks
Harold Newman .... very special thanks
Samuel Norich .... special thanks
Petrus Novak .... special thanks (as Father Petrus Novak)
Padraic O'Hare .... special thanks
Thomas P. O'Neill III .... very special thanks
Anna Orla-Bukowski .... special thanks
Trevor Pears .... very special thanks
Mike Posner .... special thanks (as Michael Posner)
Andreas Rademachers .... special thanks
Theodore Randles .... special thanks
Timothy Robbins .... special thanks
Horst Roehler .... special thanks
Alessandro Ruben .... special thanks
Oren Rudavsky .... special thanks
Werner Rössel .... special thanks (as Father Werner Rössel)
Giacomo Saban .... special thanks
Julie Salander .... very special thanks
Lawrence Salander .... very special thanks
Chris Schwartz .... special thanks
Fred Schwartz .... special thanks
Cheryl S. Scott .... very special thanks
Myrna Shinbaum .... special thanks
Kathy Sloane .... very special thanks
Peter Sprunger-Froese .... special thanks
Stephanie Steiker .... special thanks
Wendy Strothman .... special thanks
Marion Lear Swaybill .... special thanks (as Marion Swaybill)
Theresa Swiebodska .... special thanks
Steven Tabakin .... special thanks
Eric Verlo .... special thanks
Bonnie Weinstein .... special thanks
Curtis Weinstein .... special thanks
Pam Zubeck .... special thanks
Susan Zucotti .... special thanks

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41 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
A documentary of a past that must not be prologue, 25 June 2007
Author: Al Rodbell from Carlsbad CA

Constantine's Sword refers to the Christian Cross, the vision of which caused Constantine the Great, to cry out the timeless words " In Hoc Signo Vinces" (in this sign, you will conquer.) transforming a symbol of love and peace into an icon of war. James Carroll, an ex Catholic priest, looked at this side of his religion in his acclaimed book of the same title published in 2001. Having read the 750 pages covering the two millenniums of Christianity, fascinated by the writers ability to weave facts into a tale as absorbing as the best work of fiction, I was intrigued to see whether he could condense such a rich tapestry of history into the time limits of a commercial documentary.

He couldn't; but the film that was made captures the essential message of the book,while adding a new more important role of social commentary on the America that only came into existence after the book was published. With the multi-front assault on the very concept of a "Wall of Separation between Church and State," lead by right wing evangelicals, this film immediately jumps to the forefront of the intellectual resistance to this transformation of America.

Constantine's Sword has two distinct threads. The first is the history of Christianity as a force of oppressive xenophobia, culminating with the abetting of the worst crime of our time, the holocaust. The other thread is in the present, focusing on the resistance of a single family, that of Mikey Weinstein, who challenges the evangelical dominance of a single institution, the U.S. Air Force Academy. Left on the editing floor, dictated by the time constraints of the medium, was adequate connecting tissue between the two. The real story of the aggressive evangelizing of the Air Force cadets is that of the future, with footage not accessible; a future that this film is attempting to prevent.

Compared to centuries of atrocities by Christians against Jews, vividly shown in the film by descendants of some who suffered, the stress of the young Weinstein men at the academy is trivial. What is not trivial, is the change in tone within the current administration that encourages such actions, leaving the unasked question: if this is happening now, what will the future bring. With this film, James Carroll has continued his career of self sacrifice that began by going against his beloved father, a three star Air Force general, in opposing the war in Viet Nam, a breach that was never healed. I can only imagine how it pained him to see vital elements of his book excluded from the film in order to give it visual impact.

They chose a prominent evangelical minister to present the argument for the legitimacy of aggressive evangelizing at the academy, who did so, with charismatic forcefulness. This provided the only moment of ironic laughter from the audience, as the minister was Ted Haggard, who later was publicly disgraced by exposure of his personal sexual hypocrisy. In the 21st century, America's political direction will be shaped at least as much by market share, by exposure to competing messages, as by the intrinsic merit of underlying ideas. The laughter at Haggard's words just may distract from the the profound message of the connection between past and future that Carroll is making. But then again, this segment may bring more people to see a film that otherwise would be too heavy for a night out at the movies.

In a world of sound bite politics, this film is a serious study of a religious revival that is transforming our country, and as a global power, affecting the world. I give it my most enthusiastic recommendation with a single condition- that anyone who is moved by this film, as you will be, also go out and buy the book-- and take the time to savor every word.

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