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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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English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Austria) See more »

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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 »

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Asperges Me Domine
Written by Matthias Weber
Performed by Dufay Ensemble Freiburg
Recorded by Manuel Braun
Published by Point Dume Musikverlag
Licensed by kind permission from Point Dume Musikverlag
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Intriguing, but too short period piece
22 January 2009 | by djhscanSee all my reviews

Shadow of the Sword is a good film with an interesting and different story that paints a picture of the Catholic Church and its cruel inquisition.

However, it doesn't give much of an understanding of those who were being persecuted, the Anabaptists (or other groups that are mentioned without being explained). It would have been a clear improvement if we were given a deeper portrayal of especially the Anabaptists as well as the other main characters.

The film should have been a little longer to give these better descriptions. It has a lot of good parts, but it is missing some depth in its character descriptions. The story is quite gripping and strong and it is a great period piece, but it lacks some depth and should give the viewer a better understanding of the background and develop the characters more.


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