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Luther (2003)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

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Eric Till
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... Martin Luther
Alfred Molina ... John Tetzel
Jonathan Firth ... Girolamo Aleander
Claire Cox ... Katharina von Bora
Peter Ustinov ... Frederick the Wise (as Sir Peter Ustinov)
Bruno Ganz ... Johann von Staupitz
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Pope Leo X
Mathieu Carrière ... Cardinal Cajetan
Benjamin Sadler ... Spalatin
Jochen Horst ... Professor Carlstadt
Torben Liebrecht ... Charles V
Maria Simon ... Hanna
Lars Rudolph ... Melanchthon
Marco Hofschneider ... Ulrick
Christopher Buchholz ... von der Eck
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Storyline

Biography of Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), the sixteenth century priest who led the Christian Reformation, and opened up new possibilities in exploration of faith. This movie begins with his vow to become a monk, and continues through his struggles to reconcile his desire for sanctification with his increasing abhorrence of the corruption and hypocrisy pervading the Church's hierarchy. He is ultimately charged with heresy and must confront the ruling Cardinals and Princes, urging them to make the Scriptures available to the common believer and lead the Church toward faith through justice and righteousness. Written by scgary66

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Rebel. Genius. Liberator.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There are many instances when actual quotes are used by the characters. This includes Friar Tetzel's (Alfred Molina's) "Coin in the coffer rings a soul from Purgatory springs", as well as Luther's "Here I Stand" speech. See more »

Goofs

During the Indulgence scene with Johann Tetzel, the camera cuts to a close up of the hand above the torch, where one can see the heat resistant gel on the (presumably the stunt double's) hand in the flame. It is most visible on the thumb. See more »

Quotes

Frederick the Wise: It's so irritating. Who are they to deprive my university of such a fine mind?
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Connections

Version of Martin Luther (1983) See more »

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An Oscar for Sir Ustinov (Feinnes too)
23 September 2003 | by pts2000See all my reviews

I just came from the St. Louis premier (in conjunction with the 14th annual Theological Symposium at Concordia Seminary) and am very impressed with the film. Not only is it entertaining, but it follows the history of Luther's early years of ministry quite faithfully. Sure, some things were fictionalized to get us from one scene to another, but the facts of the reformation movement, and the realities of life in the 16th century are brought to great realism on the screen.

The performances of Fiennes, and Ustinov were particularly strong, but I think viewers will fall in love with Ustinov's portrayal of Prince Friedrich, the Wise. He's like the cuddly grandpa you always wished you had (or maybe you did have) who didn't care what people thought of them, said and did what they pleased, and no one gave them any crap for it. I truly think it is Oscar calibre work. I think you will too.

Firth as Aleandro was convincing as the Roman Bureaucrat determined to get ahead by keeping the peace between Leo and Charles. Ganz plays a great pastor to Luther - throughout his life - one that we should all be so lucky to have looking after our spiritual well being.

Hofschneider, as the eager to learn and willing to "suffer all for the Gospel" assistant (Ulrick) to Luther made it very easy for the viewer to feel a connection to him. His loyalty was genuine, and not self serving. A true man of the cloth.

Although not on screen long, Clair Cox does a nice job showing just how strong a woman Katie was. Is it any wonder that she went on to run a rather successful business apart from Martin's influence?

For sure this is a courageous movie about a stalwart leader of Church, state, and society to whom western civilization owes a great debt. While the 1950's version of Luther may be more complete in some respects, it is not nearly as accesable to today's viewers who are used to big budget, visually stimulating, and fast paced movies


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Country:

Germany | USA | Czech Republic | Italy

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$908,446, 28 September 2003

Gross USA:

$5,791,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,632,684
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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