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Luther (2003)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Director:

Eric Till

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Cast

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 Maria Simon ... Hanna
Lars Rudolph 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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Taglines:

Rebel. Genius. Liberator.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lutero See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$908,446, 26 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,791,328, 18 December 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,684,104, 31 December 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

In the scene where Luther comes across the dead peasants, they are all visibly breathing. See more »

Quotes

Martin Luther: I am yours. Save me.
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Connections

Version of Martin Luther (1983) See more »

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User Reviews

Stunning and Heroic!!
24 October 2003 | by moffcomSee all my reviews

I was expecting a Christian movie with a tight budget,and a goofy script...Not so!! This movie brought back memories of Chariots of Fire and Braveheart in its dipiction of courage and the conviction of Martin Luther. The script was excellent as well as the filming,music and editing. All of the characters were so believable that I felt that I was there among them. During most of the movie, you could have heard a pin drop it the theatre as well all felt the wide range of emotions. This is not a Catholic bashing movie, but rather and expose of the elitist powerbase of not only the early european church but the government of many of the countries in the 14-1500's. Even if you know nothing of church history or Christianity, you owe it to yourself to experience this movie...you won't be dissappointed.


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