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The Order (2003)

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A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.

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Brian Helgeland

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Ledger ... Alex Bernier
Shannyn Sossamon ... Mara Sinclair
Benno Fürmann ... William Eden
Mark Addy ... Thomas Garrett
Peter Weller ... Driscoll
Francesco Carnelutti Francesco Carnelutti ... Dominic
Mattia Sbragia ... Apathetic Bishop
Mirko Casaburo Mirko Casaburo ... Little Boy
Giulia Lombardi Giulia Lombardi ... Little Girl
Richard Bremmer ... Bookstore Owner
Maria Cristina Maccà Maria Cristina Maccà ... Sister Franca (as Cristina Maccà)
Paola Emilia Villa Paola Emilia Villa ... Sister Marie
Rosalinda Celentano ... Faraway Eyes Girl
Alessandra Costanzo Alessandra Costanzo ... Eden's Maid
Paolo Lorimer ... Englishman
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Storyline

Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death. The body bears strange marks on the chest which may or may not be the sign of a Sin Eater (Furmann), a renegade who offers absolution, last rites and therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church. Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade Father Thomas (Addy) and of a troubled artist (Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged into a mystery only to find himself at the heart of it. Written by Brian Helgeland

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Behind the disguise of good hides the soul of evil. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

20th Century Fox

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Syriac | Aramaic | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sin Eater See more »

Filming Locations:

Caserta, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,438,899, 7 September 2003

Gross USA:

$7,660,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,560,806
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the DVD, there's a deleted scene in which Thomas wields a flaming sword - a biblical reference. As Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden Of Eden, God places an angel (some traditions say an archangel called Uriel) at the gates with a flaming sword. He is to make sure that none enter the Garden of Eden unworthy. Thomas thus sees himself as a guardian of Eden, or Paradise. See more »

Goofs

The policeman tells Alex that Mara Williams has escaped. However, the character's name is Mara Sinclair. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex Bernier: Every life is a riddle. The answer to mine is knowledge, born of darkness.
Alex Bernier: It wasn't always so. In the beginning, I still had questions. In the beginning, my mystery still remained.
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References Mod Squad (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Due Croci
Written by Adam Milo Smalley & Dan Powell
Performed by Crotch
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Uncomfortable and thought-provoking....
5 September 2003 | by JanetDeniseSee all my reviews

The Order is a fairly shadowy and brooding film. Heath Ledger stars as Alex, a tormented young Carolignian priest in search of The SinEater. (Which personally I feel should have been the title, instead of the current)

A very pale and thin Heath Ledger takes on the role of the conflicted in this film that pushes boundaries and will no doubt cause eyebrows to raise among several including the Catholic Church. (A few moviegoers left during the film when I viewed) The film is dark and uses shadows to set tones and create suspense. There are several storylines introduced and covered that do tie together eventually. The subject is an interesting one and this is certainly not the last movie to question the role of the Church. I feel Heath Ledger was brave in choosing to do this film and hopefully he will continue onward with his career. It was good to not see him in a period piece, as he has been doing of late.

Shannyn Sossamon adds to the film as the troubled Mara. And while some of the movie involving her becomes predictable the relationship between Alex and Mara does progress the movie in a certain direction. Certain lines delivered during the film that were perhaps written to create dramatic moments falter. The movie is on the cusp of potential. 8 out of 10 for shock value....a film that may not be very popular but worth seeing if you are a fan of movies of all types.


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