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Season of the Witch (2011)

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Fourteenth century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

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Dominic Sena

Writer:

Bragi F. Schut (as Bragi Schut)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Behmen
Ron Perlman ... Felson
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Debelzaq
Stephen Graham ... Hagamar
Ulrich Thomsen ... Eckhart
Claire Foy ... The Girl
Robert Sheehan ... Kay
Christopher Lee ... Cardinal D'Ambroise
Kevin Rees Kevin Rees ... Dying Monk
Andrew Hefler Andrew Hefler ... Jail Bailiff
Fernanda Dorogi ... Old Woman (Givaudon)
Rebekah Kennedy ... Peasant Turk Girl
Matt Devere Matt Devere ... Sergeant in Arms
Róbert Bánlaki Róbert Bánlaki ... Livery Boy
Barna Illyés Barna Illyés ... Cardinal's Priest
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Storyline

A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. Written by Momentum Pictures

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Not all souls can be saved. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cacería de brujas See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,612,375, 9 January 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,827,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,627,228
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Though Claire Foy's character is revealed to be named "Anna" at the end of the movie, she is listed simply as "The Girl" in the credits. See more »

Goofs

At one point, the priest's injured hand is disinfected with liquor from a flask, but antisepsis would have been unknown in the 14th century. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peasant Girl: No! No... please! I beg you. I beg you. I'm not a witch.
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Referenced in American Dad!: The Witches of Langley (2017) See more »

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Enjoyable B-Movie Popcornfest
7 January 2011 | by bunnystyckSee all my reviews

I walked out of the theater so thrilled to have spent my money on a Nicholas Cage movie. Its not often that happens.

I heard from a unenthusiastic review (one of numerous scathing reviews out there, as anyone with the internet can tell) about the on screen shenanigans with Nick Cage and Ron Perlman were so enjoyable that it made the rest of the movie bearable. Going in with that anticipation, I found myself not only pulled into their characters' fun and convincing friendship but also into an intense and yes even edge-of-your-seat suspenseful movie. I forgot about my troubles for the day and enjoyed a good adventure.

It was inspired, yes, by DnD, video games, and a number of other swords and sorcery books and movies that preceded it, but it is its own story. In a market saturated with sequels, prequels, reboots, comicbook diarrhea, etc... it's nice to see a story that is it's own, however simple.

Yes it plays by the numbers. You know guys will die. Hell, you probably know who and in what order, if you've seen movies of it's ilk. You know there is a supernatural bad guy. And you know there will be one liners, oh are there ever one-liners! But the characters are fun to watch, even a little engaging. You may not want to see them die. I didn't. They weren't a group of scum with a bullseye for heraldry. The enemy was threatening and tricky, a real danger to our protagonists. And the one liners were, gasp, funny! Yes, even Nicholas Cage is worth the price of admission here. If this was "just another paycheck" role for him, he looked like he was having a lot of fun with this roll. And I don't know about you, but I like to see my actors have fun in a movie that costs me 9-12 bucks to see..

It looses some points with me for the CGI. obvious CGI is obvious. But honestly the crispy gray CGI contrasting against a darker, colorful, moody lighting STILL didn't detract from the encounters or the climax. If you come to the movies to have CGI convince you that magic and demons are real, you come to the movies for jaded and asinine reasons. If you wanna see pretty visuals with a meandering pointless story, go see Tron.

But if you wanna see a fun yet dark heroic adventure, go see Season of the Witch!


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