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Luther (1974)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 13 May 1976 (UK)
A man's views cause a rift between peasants and the church.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Edward Anhalt (screenplay), John Osborne (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stacy Keach ... Martin Luther
Patrick Magee ... Hans
Hugh Griffith ... John Tetzel
Robert Stephens ... Johan Von Eck
Alan Badel ... Thomas De Vio
Julian Glover ... The Knight
Judi Dench ... Katherine
Leonard Rossiter ... Brother Weinand
Maurice Denham ... Johann Von Staupitz
Peter Cellier ... Prior
Thomas Heathcote ... Lucas
Malcolm Stoddard ... King Charles
Bruce Carstairs Bruce Carstairs ... Duke of Saxony
Matthew Guinness Matthew Guinness ... Reading Monk
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A man's views cause a rift between peasants and the church.

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In 1525 the world was rocked by a powerful explosion. His name was Luther.

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Biography | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Osborne's Luther See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Broadway production of "Luther" written by playwright John Osborne opened at the St. James Theater in New York on September 25, 1963, ran for 211 performances and won the 1964 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »

Quotes

Martin Luther: Maybe if I break wind in Wittenberg, they'll smell it in Rome.
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Connections

Remake of BBC Play of the Month: Luther (1965) See more »

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Finney versus Keach
25 September 2009 | by Zriter59See all my reviews

Albert Finney created the role of Luther, which he played in both London and New York between 1961 and 1964. Every review of Finney's performance that I have seen was positive. So I can't help wishing that he had played the part on film.

I believe Stacy Keach is one of the best American actors, but he seems to struggle with this role, at least during the early scenes, in which he uses, bizarrely, a pseudo-Irish accent. Later on, however, Keach digs more deeply into the role; and his performance is ultimately impressive, even moving.

The play seems a little dated, particularly regarding its neo-Brechtian touches over Luther's diatribe against the peasants. But given Keach's work and that of the splendid supporting actors (especially Robert Stephens, Judi Dench, Patrick Magee, Alan Badel), the film remains well worth seeing.

"Luther" was part of the American Film Theatre series, in which certain plays were adapted for film and exhibited in some 500 US theatres on a subscription basis --


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