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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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The Order will find you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,659,747, 26 October 2003
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, and Mark Addy all previously appeared together in A Knight's Tale (2001). See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which Alex and Mara are making love, the leather bracelet Alex wears changes position from one wrist to the other several times. 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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Connections

References The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Due Croci
Written by Adam Milo Smalley & Dan Powell
Performed by Crotch
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Well made and original - pretty good.
27 September 2003 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

Certainly something different - a religious-based 'sci-fi' drama. Sin Eater, as it's known in UK, is a complicated story of love, fate, realisation, and a hint of gothic underworld religion thrown in. As Alex, the main character, is informed his mentor has died, he gets drawn into something which could alter his own destiny.

Without wanting to give away the entire plot Sin Eater is a movie which takes risks - it's not afraid of its take on religion and is filmed with panache, boasts good performances, and some effective cinematography.

Fine effort.


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