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The Body (2001)

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A crucified body dated back to the first century A.D is uncovered at an ancient cave in Jerusalem. Trouble ensues as word spreads.

Director:

Jonas McCord

Writers:

Richard Sapir (novel) (as Richard Ben Sapir), Jonas McCord (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Father Matt Gutierrez
Olivia Williams ... Sharon Golban
John Shrapnel ... Moshe Cohen
Derek Jacobi ... Father Lavelle
Jason Flemyng ... Father Walter Winstead
Lillian Lux Lillian Lux ... Mother
John Wood ... Cardinal Pesci
Makram Khoury ... Nasir Hamid (as Makram J. Khoury)
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Monsignor
Ian McNeice ... Dr. Sproul
Mohammad Bakri ... Abu Yusef (as Muhamed Bakri)
Yoav Dekelbaum Yoav Dekelbaum ... Avi (as Yoav Deckelbaum)
Sami Samir Sami Samir ... Achmed
Jordan Licht Jordan Licht ... Dorene
Limor Goldstein ... Galic
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Storyline

An ancient skeleton has been discovered in Jerusalem in a rich man's tomb. Coloration of the wrist and leg bones indicates the cause of death was crucifiction. Other signs, include a gold coin bearing the marks of Pontius Pilate and faint markings around the skull, lead authorities to suspect that these could be the bones of Jesus. Politicians, clerics, religious extremists, and those using terror as a means to an end, find their beliefs and identities tested while risking their lives to unearth the truth.

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If this is His tomb... If this is the truth... It would change history and destroy the belief of millions See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent sequences and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Israel | Germany

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

13 December 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuerpo See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,988, 22 April 2001

Gross USA:

$36,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,777
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Kristin Scott Thomas was offered the role of Sharon Golban. See more »

Goofs

When Matt Guttierez comes and sees Father Lavelle in the convent where he has found refuge, the building has two levels but Matt run more than two floors up. Nevertheless, this is the same building in both of the scenes. See more »

Quotes

Sharon Golban: All Israelis drive like this.
Father Gutierrez: Well then, all Palestinians have to do is give you faster cars, and wait for the inevitable.
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Why the great disparity of ratings here?
7 April 2002 | by nz manSee all my reviews

Usually I am quite critical of films, especially Hollywood action films in the line of "The Body". I DID like this one and think it is under-rated but look at the reviews here and you will see extremes of hating and liking this film. This is odd, and I wonder if it has to do with the religious background of those making comments? I have put off renting this film for over a year, due to the low IMDB rating, and was very surprised to find a good solid performance of Antonio Banderas as a priest, decent dialogue, nice eye candy and acting of Olivia Williams, and an intelligent (well, for such an action flick anyhow) thought-provoking story.


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