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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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To find the truth, he will risk his life and challenge his faith 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

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

Goofs

At one point Matt is said to be a "priest from America". Later he recalls fighting in the revolution in his country. See more »

Quotes

Moshe Cohen: Religion is not based on rational system of proofs. It survives because of human need.
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When he rose from the dead,did they believe? (Bob Dylan "in the garden")
27 May 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie has a plus side and a minus side:

-On the plus side,the fear a priest encounters when he discovers that bones found in a Jerusalem' s grave by an archaeologist might be Jesus 's ones.So if Jesus is a man,it's a whole religion which falls down;one should note that ,for that matter ,the Muslims' and the Jews ' religions stand in little danger of bringing this about.Antonio Banderas is very convincing,I do not know if the actor is a believer,but we do believe the character he portrays is.

-On the minus side,when the movie becomes a thriller (complete with kidnapping,shootings and priest becoming a superhero),it peters out.One can admit the Jews want to keep the Vatican from getting the bones,but that part is not better than a Van Damme flick.

Watch this movie anyway cause it asks disturbing questions.


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