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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.

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Jonas McCord

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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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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

This movie had been in development for fifteen years, with Universal Pictures intending to distribute and Liam Neeson set to star. In the end, the project was dropped after Universal became nervous about the religious themes. See more »

Goofs

After Sharon's kids are kidnapped by Nasir, the vehicle is seen driving through the Judean desert which is south - east of Jerusalem. However, Abu Yusef's hiding place is actually located about 60km to the north west, at a site called Migdal Afek, near the town of Rosh Ha-Ayn in the center of Israel (surrounding towns can be glimpsed in a few shots). See more »

Quotes

Moshe Cohen: Religion is not based on rational system of proofs. It survives because of human need.
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Too much faith required
16 July 2003 | by LogicusSee all my reviews

This movie is a boring add for agnostics. By both adapting and rejecting all kinds of religious beliefs, it fails to make any sense. The political references are equally stupid. Perhaps die hard fans of Antonio Banderas could have an appreciation of it following the plot of the archaeologist who digs him. It should be listed as a very bad comedy. The cinematography is not too bad. The intriguing sites of Jerusalem are the reason for that.


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