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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.

Director:

Brian Helgeland

Writer:

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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Every soul has its price. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

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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User Reviews

 
This movie could have been very good.
11 May 2004 | by sikulas_1998See all my reviews

The Order could have been an incredible movie. Instead, it is a slow moving, thought provoking movie that you will only understand if you watch it multiple times. I found myself wanting to replay the scenes as it went along because I felt hopelessly lost until the last 10-15 minutes of the movie. The first hour feels like 2 hours, but then it grabs you in the last 15 minutes of the movie and you finally get excited. Maybe if the plot had a few less subplots it might be easier to understand, but I never really felt like the main character knew what he was doing or why he was doing it. I would suggest watching the movie, but only if you are going to watch it more than once.


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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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