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Martin Luther (1953)

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther (Niall MacGinnis), covering his life between 1505 and 1530 A.D., and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Allan Sloane (researched and prepared for the screen by), Lothar Wolff (researched and prepared for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Niall MacGinnis ... Martin Luther
John Ruddock John Ruddock ... Vicar von Staupitz
Pierre Lefevre Pierre Lefevre ... Spalatin
Guy Verney Guy Verney ... Melanchthon
Alastair Hunter ... Carlstadt (as Allastair Hunter)
David Horne ... Duke Frederick
Fred Johnson ... Prior
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Pope Leo X
Heinz Piper ... Dr. Eck
Leonard White Leonard White ... Emissary
Egon Strohm Egon Strohm ... Cardinal Alexander
Annette Carell ... Katherine von Bora (as Annette Carrell)
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Tetzel
Henry Oscar
Irving Pichel ... Brueck
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Storyline

This biographical account of Martin Luther's actions that eventually created the Lutheran and Protestant denominations was filmed in conjunction with the Lutheran Church. Niall MacGinnis portrays the friar whose nailing of the ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg created such a stir that it shook the foundations of the medieval Church. This movie shows the struggle between Luther and Rome, and how the medieval Church did not fully explain things he questioned, which led to him to be labelled a heretic.

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Taglines:

"No man can command my conscience!" See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Martin Luther See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because Erfurt, Elberback Cloister, and Eltville Castle were located in Communist East Germany in 1953, the producers chose substitute filming locations in West Germany. Maulbronn Cloister near Stuttgart was substituted for Erfurt. Various spots in Wittenberg substituted for other historical locations. The Wartburg Castle, the site where Luther translated the New Testament into German, was filmed from a distance, since it was located in Communist East Germany. The Diet of Worms assembly hall had to be re-created in the studio, since the real hall was destroyed in World War II. See more »

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Pure genius
2 January 1999 | by Chief-11See all my reviews

An amazing movie I have seen several times. If only there was a movie done this good on John Calvin. Nevertheless, from story line to directing, this movie retains value for repeated watching.


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