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Black Death -- In the time of the black plague, a grizzled band of soldiers armed with torture devices roam the English countryside on a mission to stamp out witchcraft and paganism in the name of the church.
Black Death -- Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.
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Black Death -- Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.


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In an age of darkness one man will face the ultimate battle against evil. See more »
Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Christopher Smith 
Writing credits
Dario Poloni (screenplay)

Produced by
Matthew Baker .... associate producer
Stephanie Bamberg .... assistant producer
Robert Bernstein .... producer
Luke Carey .... assistant producer: Zephyr Films
Chris Curling .... executive producer
Matt Delargy .... co-producer
Undine Filter .... junior producer: Egoli Tossell Fil
Regina Frankenberger .... junior producer: Egoli Tossell Fil
Marc Hansell .... associate producer
Udo Happel .... line producer
Tim Haslam .... executive producer
Frank Lehmann .... associate producer
Jens Meurer .... producer
Douglas Rae .... producer
Phil Robertson .... producer
James Saynor .... co-producer
Judy Tossell .... executive producer
Jona Wirbeleit .... assistant producer
Mark Woolley .... executive producer
Marc Wächter .... line producer: Egoli Tossell Film
Original Music by
Christian Henson 
Cinematography by
Sebastian Edschmid (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gazzard 
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
Production Design by
John Frankish 
Art Direction by
Jens Löckmann 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Horton 
Costume Design by
Petra Wellenstein 
Makeup Department
Anna Sophie Evenkamp .... makeup artist: estras (as Anna Evenkamp)
Juliane Hübner .... makeup artist
Mark Keetch .... special makeup effects artist
Marika Knappe .... additional makeup artist: crowd
Chris Kunzmann .... special makeup effects designer
Sandra Leutert .... makeup artist: extras
Cornelia Musiol .... additional makeup artist: crowd (as Conny Musiol)
Jekaterina Oertel .... make-up designer
Tommy Opatz .... special makeup effects artist
Paul Schmidt .... key hair stylist
Paul Schmidt .... key makeup artist
Petra Weiss .... assistant to special makeup effects designer: Chris Kunzmann
Ariane Wisniewski .... additional makeup artist: crowd
Production Management
Henry Rehorek .... production manager
Michael Reuter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benedikt Bothe .... third assistant director
Cosima Lohse .... second second assistant director
Kerric Macdonald .... second unit director
Barrie McCulloch .... first assistant director
Tine Rogoll .... second assistant director (as Christine Rogoll)
Art Department
Pablo Alza .... head painter
Thomas Bertram .... set dresser
Katharina Blei .... painter
Katharina Blei .... sculptor
Stephen Bream .... set designer
Norbert Buchmann .... carpenter
Norbert Buchmann .... stagehand
Ludolf Böhm .... set dresser
Laura Carleton .... storyboard artist
Marco Eckert .... carpenter (as Marko Eckert)
Michael Fechner .... prop buyer: prep
Michael Fechner .... property master
Marcus Göppner .... set designer
Matte Göse .... carpenter
Christian Hochtritt .... assistant set dresser
Christian Hochtritt .... storeman
Brita Hofmann .... supervising painter
Brita Hofmann .... supervising sculptor
Björn Holzhausen .... stand-by props
Axel Kahnt .... stand-by props
Britta Koch .... lead set dresser
Robert Makolies .... head sculptor
Sebastian Nodes .... carpenter
Dan Paschen .... stand-by carpenter (as Daniel Paschen)
Dan Paschen .... stand-by painter (as Daniel Paschen)
Stefan Rohner .... set dresser
Jan Rott .... prop buyer
Alexander Schauer .... head carpenter
Harald Schuster .... supervising carpenter (as Harry Schuster)
Christoph Sieber .... carpenter
Florian Siegert .... carpenter
Frantisek Sloup .... stand-by carpenter
Frantisek Sloup .... stand-by painter
Hans Stadler .... carpenter
Ulf Thiele .... blacksmith
Karen Thomá .... art department assistant
Hartmut Weigt .... carpenter
Siguna Wiehr .... painter
David Allcock .... concept artist (uncredited)
Peter Popken .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Axel Arft .... sound recordist
Bilge Bingul .... sound recordist: second unit (as Bilge Bingül)
Alexander Buck .... dialogue editor
Ben Carr .... adr recordist: UK, Art4noise
Jan Cziharz .... sound effects editor
Tom Deane .... adr recordist: UK, Mayflower Studios
Adele Fletcher .... adr editor (as Adèle Fletcher)
Oliver Hemm .... boom operator
Jaap Jellema .... adr recordist: Holland, Warnier Studio
Stefan Korte .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Clemens Nürnberger .... adr recordist: Germany, Basis Berlin
Tobias Poppe .... sound effects editor
Alexander Schaefer .... sound mixer: MMZ (as Alexander Schäfer)
Thomas Siegert .... re-recording mix assistant: MMZ
Thomas Siegert .... second boom operator
Kai Tebbel .... supervising sound editor
Roman Volkholz .... second foley editor
Christoph Wieczorek .... foley editor
Christoph Wieczorek .... foley recordist
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lars Hintze .... special effects technician
Ronny Klost .... special effects technician
Thomas Thiele .... special effects floor supervisor
Mario Uy .... special effects technician
Adolf Wojtinek .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Philipp Großmann .... scanning supervisor
Michael Labus .... 3d artist: The Post Republic
Florian Obrecht .... visual effects artist: The Post Republic
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects supervisor: The Post Republic
Kolja Schoon .... scanning operator: NHB Hamburg
Henry Ballasck .... stunts (as Henry Ballaschk)
Mattias Bark .... stunts (as Matthias Bark)
Daniel Bohn .... stunts
Jean-Loup Fourure .... stunts (as Jean Lup Fourure)
Oliver Fritsche .... head stunt rigger
Tim Gerber .... stunts
Matt Hoffmann .... stunts
Tomas Jester .... stunts (as Tom Jester)
Heiko Kiesow .... stunts
Sebastian Kniest .... stunts
Julian Kreusel .... stunts
Dominik Krüger .... stunts
Katrin Köhler .... stunts
Martin Lederer .... stunt rigger
Mike Luft .... stunts
Thorsten Pabst .... stunts
Moritz Prochnow .... stunts
Uli Richter .... stunts
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
Karsten Schmidt .... stunts
Sebastian Schneider .... stunts
Mike Schramm .... stunts
Volker Schäfer .... stunts
Samir Soufi .... stunts
Markus Stach .... stunts
Steve Thiede .... stunts
Rainer Werner .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bräunig .... video operator
Maximilian Linus Dreusch .... electrician (as Maximilian Dreusch)
Philipp Dönch .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Matthias Ganghofer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Sandro Große .... grip (as Sandro Grosse)
Daniel Jopp .... electrician
Denny Jost .... grip
Bernd Kaser .... electrician
Elisa Knüpfer .... clapper loader: "b" camera, Belgium
Patrick Kohlmeier .... electrician
Tobias Kownatzki .... clapper loader: "a" camera
Daniel Krause .... assistant grip
Karsten Kube .... assistant grip
Stephanie Kulbach .... still photographer
Marc Lubosch .... gaffer
Moritz Martin .... best boy
Sebastian Meuschel .... director of photography: second unit
Falk Oettel .... electrician
Robert Patzelt .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert Patzelt .... steadicam operator
Thorsten Querner .... key grip
Lars Vogtländer .... electrician (as Lars Voightländer)
Ingo Gardner .... balloon light technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Claudia Ferse .... casting: featured and extras and stand-ins, Agentur Wanted
Silke Koch .... casting: Germany, Koch Reitz Casting
Susann Reitz .... casting: Germany, Koch Reitz Casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Silke Abendschein .... tailor
Anja Becker .... tailor (as Anja Becker-Geipel)
Sylvia Becker .... additional wardrobe
Ulrike Diallo .... tailor
Diana Dienstbier .... breakdown production assistant
Markus Ernst .... wardrobe master
Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez .... costume supervisor (as Brigitte Rodriguez)
Denise Hermesmeyer .... costume intern
Melanie Hielscher .... tailor
Anna Klering .... wardrobe: extras
Nando Kniestedt .... breakdown artist
Anja Lafin .... breakdown artist
Hannah Lehmann .... tailor
Ellen-Maria Muggelberg .... additional wardrobe
Eike Neumann .... head of costume workshop (as Eicke Neumann)
Judith Neuroth .... additional wardrobe
Sonia Inés Rocha .... breakdown artist: crowd (as Sonia Rocha)
Julia Schell .... breakdown artist
Meike Stangier .... wardrobe mistress
Steffen Surek .... additional wardrobe
Michael Rudnik .... costume artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stephanie Bamberg .... post-production: UK
Bernie Greiner .... digital grader
Eric Horstmann .... avid technical support
Silvia Kubisch .... colorist: rushes
Roland Murrer .... colorist: rushes
Gregor Pfüller .... digital intermediate supervisor
Maiken Priedemann .... colorist: rushes
Jürgen Riescher .... post-production coordinator: Germany
Aletta von Vietinghoff .... assistant editor
Aletta von Vietinghoff .... associate editor
Gregor Wille .... avid technical support
Ugur Yildirim .... avid support
Music Department
Dot Allison .... musician: vocal soloist
Samuel Karl Bohn .... assistant to composer
Samuel Karl Bohn .... music editor
Samuel Karl Bohn .... musician: guitar quartet (as Sam Bohn)
Goetz Botzenhardt .... music mixing engineer
Tom Bullen .... assistant music mixing engineer
So'nee Moy Chung .... musician: vocal soloist
Fiona Cruickshank .... assistant music mixing engineer
Olga FitzRoy .... assistant music mixing engineer
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Richard Harwood .... musician: solo cello
Christian Henson .... orchestrator
Joe Henson .... musician: guitar quartet
Tom Howe .... musician: guitar quartet
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Rob Johnston .... choir director
Jack Kitchen .... musician: guitar quartet
Jess Murphy .... musician: solo violin
English Session Orchestra .... musicians contractor
English Session Orchestra .... orchestra
R.S.V.P. Voices .... musicians: choir (as RSVP Voices)
Colin Rae .... music preparation
Hilary Skewes .... musicians contractor: Buick Production
Owen Slade .... musician: tuba
Nick Taylor .... score recording engineer
Rolf Wilson .... orchestra leader
Alison Wright .... music supervisor
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Marcel Ahrens .... driver: main cast
Jan Berger .... driver
Heiko Daugau .... driver: unit trailer, Translux Germany GmbH
Andreas Diessner .... transportation coordinator
Timo Dobbert .... driver: Carice van Houten
Sascha Eisolt .... driver: rushes
Michael Fischer .... driver
Arne Fritsche .... driver: rushes
Albrecht Grötzsch .... driver: set decoration
Fred Hoffmann .... driver: set decoration
Scott Johnson .... driver: unit trailer, Translux Germany GmbH
Tim Lemke .... driver: props
Jens Marschalleck .... driver
Georg Meierotto .... driver: Sean Bean
Kerst Meyer .... driver
Matthias Moeske .... driver: unit trailer, Translux Germany GmbH (as Matthias Möske)
Jan Prudöhl .... driver: unit trailer, Translux Germany GmbH
Andreas Rose .... driver: unit trailer, Translux Germany GmbH
Other crew
Marcel Ahrens .... production assistant: main cast
Shamsan Anders .... office trainee: Egoli Tossell Film
Mirko Andreas .... caterer: BlackFatCat
Monic Aust .... team assistant: Egoli Tossell Film
Daniela Barsch .... location manager: prep (as Dani Barsch)
Anna Berger .... assistant: Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae, Ecosse Films
Navinia Betge .... office trainee: Egoli Tossell Film
Yves Boczek .... representative: Egoli Tossell Film Halle
Mathias Braun .... location scout (as Matthias Braun)
Gero Brugmann .... legal services: banks, Unverzagt von Have
Nina Büttner .... key accountant
Giovanna Cacciatore .... insurance: SRC Special Risk Consortium
Catherine Charlton .... dialogue coach: Ms van Houten )
Julia Dege .... production coordinator assistant
Andreas Diessner .... production assistant
Mags Dowling .... accountant: Zephyr Films
Jeanine East .... financial controller: Ecosse Films
Robert Ehrhardt .... set runner
Martin Eichhorn .... title designer
Sophie Falkner .... office manager: Ecosse Films
Melanie Faul .... press and public relations: Egoli Tossell Film
Gabriele Glaube .... stables
Lukas Gontovos .... location scout (as Lukas Gerhardt)
Thorsten Gottschalk .... production secretary: Egoli Tossell Film
Philipp Graf .... press agent: BoxFish Films
Renate Graichen .... accountant: Egoli Tossell Films
Berit Harksen .... accountant: Egoli Tossell Films
Sandra Heine .... set runner
Franziska Heller .... representative: film stock, Kodak
Nick Hertwig .... location scout
Jane Heymer .... film lab administrator: Arri Schwarzfilm
Christopher Huck .... location production assistant
Yvonne Hüttig .... assistant business affairs
Toby James .... epk
Peter Jeschke .... location scout
Julia Jones .... production notes
Andreas Jupe .... location manager
Anja Karg .... team assistant: Egoli Tossell Film
Bernd Kloss .... representative: Mateco, cherry pickers and platforms
Andreas Knaak .... banker: Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhgalt
Lissy Knauer .... film lab coordinator: Arri Schwarzfilm
Marion König-Richert .... key accountant
Benjamin Lange .... set manager: second unit
Jonathan Lynch-Staunton .... world sales: HanWay Films
Matthias Magdeburg .... cashier
Stephan Mallmann .... world sales: HanWay Films
Jens Matthiaschk .... office intern
Jens Matthiaschk .... production assistant: cast
Gabriele Mattner .... script supervisor
Georg Meierotto .... production assistant: Sean Bean
Paul Melzow .... production assistant: housing
Tony Moewes .... head of accounting: Egoli Tossell Films
Thomas Mohr .... film insurance agent: Canineberg & Schouten
Christian Nebelung .... location scout
Sofia Neves .... world sales: HanWay Films
Andreas Pense .... legal advisor: financing
Andreas Pense .... legal services: banks, Unverzagt von Have
Andreas Pense .... legal services: production finance
Jessica Petzold .... production coordinator
Jan Pyko .... set manager
Mandy Rahn .... film lab branch manager: Arri Schwarzfilm
Andreas Reuber .... film lab in-house producer: Arri Schwarzfilm
Grigorij Richters .... production assistant (as Greg Richters)
Ina Rossow .... representative: Egoli Tossell Film Leipzig
Bernhard Schirmer .... horse master
Michael Schmetz .... media consultant: Alcina Media GmbH
Thorsten Schumacher .... world sales: HanWay Films
Michael Schweuneke .... animals: Filmtierschule
Zoe Simijonovic .... script supervisor (as Sonja Zoe Simijonovic)
Jan Spielhoff .... world sales: HanWay Films
Nicola Stean .... assistant development producer: Ecosse Films (as Nicky Stean)
Thomas Strohbach .... representative: camera/lights/grip/walkie talkie rental, Media City Atelier
Achim Thielmann .... banker: Commerzbank
Sofie Thörner .... accountant: Egoli Tossell Films
Sören von der Heyde .... blocker: Filmdienstleistungen
Frank Weissbach .... representative: tents and heaters, Weissbach Event Services
Kaja Wild .... horse wrangler
Christine Berg .... thanks
Joost de Vries .... thanks
Craig Fackrell .... special thanks (as Craig Fackerell)
Marc Gabizon .... thanks
Natasha Galloway .... special thanks
Georg Meierotto .... thanks
Kirsten Niehuus .... thanks
Christoph Ott .... thanks
Andreas Pense .... thanks
Leontine Petit .... thanks
Michael Schmetz .... thanks
Achim Thielmann .... thanks

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102 min
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Both Sean Bean and John Lynch have collaborated with Irish director Jim Sheridan. Bean acted in The Field (1990) and Lynch acted in In the Name of the Father (1993).See more »
Factual errors: Osmund gives absolution (hears confession) from a dying soldier. However, as a novice monk he is unable to do this according to Church rules. Only an ordained priest can.See more »
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Wolfstan:The fumes of the dead are in the air like poison. The plague, more cruel and more pitiless than war, descended upon us. A pestilence, that would leave half of our kingdom dead. Where did it come from? What carried its germ. The priests told us it was God's punishment. For what sin? What commandment must we break that could earn this? No, we knew the truth. This was not God's work, but devilry. Or witchcraft. But our task, to hunt down a demon, was God's cure.
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Demons and Necromancers are among us., 19 June 2012
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Black Death is directed by Christopher Smith and written by Dario Poloni. It stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, John Lynch, Tim McInnerny, Kimberley Nixon, Andy Nyman, Johnny Harris and Carice van Houten. Music is scored by Christian Henson and cinematography by Sebastian Edschmid.

1348, Year of our Lord, the bubonic plague is ravaging Europe. When word spreads of an isolated community that is plague free, a gang of Gods' soldiers are tasked with seeking it out under the impression it might be a haven to occult dealings. Guiding the group is rookie monk Osmund (Redmayne), who after falling in love with a young girl is conflicted about his faith. He takes the soldiers' request for a guide as a sign to find his true calling, what he and the soldiers find at the end of their journey, however, has far reaching consequences for them all.

Considering it was a limited release in theatres it's a little surprising to find so many have sought it out on home format release. What isn't surprising, given its themes, is how it has polarised opinions. Personally I love it, this in spite of director and writer cribbing from notable Brit movies of our past. Yet even when in the supposed sanctuary of our home during this latest visit to the film it was met with derision from the lady love of my life! After director Smith (Severance/Triangle/Creep) has well and truly pulled the rug from underneath us to tantalisingly leave things ambiguous, he slots in a coda that muddies things still further, simultaneously infuriating another portion of the movie watching populace. I write this because of two reasons, the first is to obviously intrigue potential first time watchers into taking the plunge and giving it a go, the second is to negate the underselling of the movie by its own director!

Somewhere along the way Smith chose to not sell it as a battle between religion and atheism-Christians against Pagans, but went for the more pleasingly medieval men on a mission aspect, which for the first half of the movie it is. Perhaps those sneaky loans from the revered films that have influenced it weighed heavy on the director post the release and critical appraisals? But undeniably it's the second half that carries the thematic thrust. True enough to say that following a chainmail clad Sean Bean and his grungy band of "mercs" traverse the land, fighting off bandits and the plague along the way, is good formulaic fun, but it's when they happen upon the marshy set village, greeted by a ghostly Carice van Houten and a unnervingly smiley Tim McInnerny, that the film really hits its stride. Thus opening up debates as the battle for Osmund's soul truly begins and we are asked just who are the good and bad guys here?

Filmed out in the forests of Saxony Germany, the film looks terrific in the context of the period it is set. The colours are deliberately stripped back and muted, this plague ravaged land, and persons, demand that to be the case. There's some initial annoyance with the "shaky-cam" formula during the more up-tempo sequences, this is something that is becoming a staple requirement by directors of historical pictures, but Smith thankfully doesn't over do it and achieves good atmospheric realism throughout. It's interesting to note that the Pagan villagers are clean and sprightly, while the Christian soldiers are grimy and grotty, life of the medieval soldier was bloody and bloody dirty work . When the excellent Andy Nyman as Dalywag takes a leak up a tree, he merely wipes his newly whetted hand on his tunic, it's little things like this that keep the film in the realm of realism, an awareness of the time indeed. Cast attack the material with good thespian seriousness, with Lynch and Harris scoring well as polar opposite characters in the supporting ranks of Ulric's (Bean) band of not so merry men.

It's not overly gory, Smith choosing (correctly) to let us at times fill in the blanks in our head, while the fight scenes are very well staged (Bean was very pleased with how they turned out). But ultimately it's the themes in the story and period setting that is of the most interest here. What ever side of the fence you sit on as regards religion, or how you feel about humanity being depicted so coarsely, Black Death will get a reaction out of you. 8/10

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