IMDb > Constantine's Sword (2007)
Constantine's Sword
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Constantine's Sword (2007) More at IMDbPro »

Videos (see all 2)
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.


User Rating:
7.0/10   724 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
James Carroll (book)
James Carroll (written by) ...
View company contact information for Constantine's Sword on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
18 April 2008 (USA) See more »
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 »
User Reviews:
Making ploughshares See more (21 total) »


  (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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
Features Lenny (1974)See more »
Knockin' on Heaven's DoorSee more »


See more »
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Making ploughshares, 11 January 2012
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

The documentary "Constantine's Sword," directed by Oren Jacoby, grapples with the age-old question of why, throughout the course of human history, so much bloodshed and violence have been committed in the name of God.

In this case, the person making the inquiry is James Carroll, a former priest turned author who wrote the book on which the film is based. Raised a devout Roman Catholic, Carroll came to question aspects of his religion during the height of the anti-war movement of the 1960s – a movement which the Church officially condemned – and when he began to research the role the Church itself had played in fostering and implementing anti-Semitic violence in the almost two thousand years of its existence (he doesn't go much into the Catholic-on-Protestant/Protestant-on-Catholic violence occurring at the same time). He cites the conversion of Constantine as the moment when Christianity turned into a violent religion and notes how the portrayal of the Jews as "Christ-killers" set in motion centuries of Church-sanctioned and Church-fueled anti-Semitism. He points to the crusades of the early 1000s, the widespread persecution and extermination of Jews during the Middle Ages, and even the far more recent cozy relationship between the Vatican and the fascist dictators of the 1930s and '40s – and the Church's lack of effort in halting the Holocaust - as evidence of his thesis.

Interestingly, Carroll focuses almost exclusively on acts of violence perpetrated by Christians on Jews and Muslims and ignores acts of violence perpetrated by those groups against others (i.e., the Hebrew genocide of the Canaanites found in the Book of Joshua, modern-day Islamic jihadist attacks on Israel and the West). Perhaps, due to his papist background, Carroll simply feels more personal responsibility for Catholic-approved atrocities and doesn't feel comfortable examining the other side of the religious-violence coin. However, even if that is indeed the case, it still results in a strangely unbalanced look at the subject. Then again, since when is it the job of every documentary to cover every single aspect of the subject it's documenting? Plus, he does make the case that, until Christianity owns up to its violent history, conflicts with other religions will only intensify in the years to come.

Currently, one place in which Carroll sees religion and military power coming together is in the United States Air Force, where officers and cadets – including Jews, Muslims and nonbelievers - are being coerced into becoming Evangelical Christians. He travels to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to document that situation. Carroll feels that a military defined by this kind of sectarian religious zeal will only further convince the other side that we are indeed engaged in some kind of modern-day holy war with Islam, a Twenty-first Century crusade. At great personal risk to themselves, a group of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the Air Force for the right not to be proselytized to – an act for which they've received condemnation from the powers-that-be and even death threats. This, in many ways, is the most disturbing and eye-opening section of the movie - not least of all because an obviously pre-scandal Ted Haggard gets quite a bit of air-time commenting on the subject, since it was he who filed a counter-lawsuit on the part of evangelicals to be allowed to continue preaching the evangelical gospel to a captive audience of military personnel.

Carroll ends his film with the four sobering words, "No war is holy" - and with a title card revealing Haggard's eventual fall from grace for consorting with a male prostitute and snorting crack. I guess sometimes the good guys do win after all.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (21 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Constantine's Sword (2007)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Seems to be a downrating campaign anjiaoshi
song at the end of the film? flipnola
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Religulous Audience of One Marjoe Protocols of Zion Luther
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Documentary section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.