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The Headsman (2005)

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Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald)... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steven Berkoff ... Inquisitor
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Martin
Julie Cox ... Margaretha
Lili Gesler Lili Gesler ... Librarian's daughter
Patrick Godfrey ... Bertram
Anastasia Griffith ... Anna
Maria Hofstätter Maria Hofstätter ... Maria
Lee Ingleby ... Bernhard
Eddie Marsan ... Fabio
Joe Mason Joe Mason ... Jakob
Peter McDonald ... Georg
John Shrapnel ... Archbishop
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Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald) bond as children, but walk very different paths as adults. Georg follows his calling to join the church, while Martin becomes an army captain. When fate places Martin in the role of executioner, he must choose between friendship and fundamentalist doctrine. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Henker See more »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Rather unusually, instead of listing all the cast members in the end credits, it mentions all the top players and then reads "and many many more". See more »

Soundtracks

Domine Secundum
Music by William Byrd
Performed by Lisa Rethwisch, David Dwyer, Henning von Holdt and Alexander Rethwisch
Recorded by Torben Kroeger
Published by Point Dume Musikverlag
Licensed by kind permission from Point Dume Musikverlag
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Very good acting - great story
25 April 2007 | by FlorianSchirnerSee all my reviews

I love historical films, even the bad ones. But this movie is one of the best. It hits the dark and depressing atmosphere in the shadow of the all-mighty catholic church well. The acting is on a high level by all actors, especially Coaster-Waldau and McDonald. Coaster-Waldau seems to be getting more and more to a main actor in movies. After seeing him alongside Bettany (another shooting star) in Wimbledon and Firewall, I was expecting a lot. And I was not disappointed. But I was most surprised by McDonald, never heard of him before, and his acting as a troubled prior torn between his duty and friendship.

So if you want to see a great movie set in the middle-ages, buy or rent both "The Reckoning" and "The Headsman".


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