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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.

Director:

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 ... 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Nicolas Cage was attracted to the project because he saw it as a tribute to the movies of Roger Corman from the 1960s, which invariably starred the likes of Sir Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. It was a real bonus for him to discover that Lee was to appear in this movie too. See more »

Goofs

The concept of diabolical witchcraft--malevolent acts undertaken mostly by women through a compact with the devil, as shown here in the movie's opening scene that took place in 1235 and the main action in the 1340s--developed later in the Middle Ages. European Christians had a notion of the devil at work in the world and sometimes getting humans to do his bidding, but up until the 1430s it was mostly learned men who performed alchemical, necromantic, and astrological experiments who were thought to be in league with the devil (albeit for good not evil intentions). Very few witch executions or hunts took place in Europe before the late 1400s, and most accused witches before that were men. 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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nonsensical and unsatisfying ending ruins the film
11 January 2011 | by Allswell007See all my reviews

Nic Cage is becoming the master of these kinds of movies. I'm not talking supernatural thrillers, I'm talking films that themematically start out a certain way and then flip in to the land of complete crap somewhere along the way. (The recent film "Knowing" springs to mind as an example) As the film progressed, I thought it was interesting, albeit far darker then I was expecting. By the end, the story spins off to freaky land and beyond. A movie you think could be directed towards exploring religious fanaticism or even faith itself instead spins in to a supernatural clusterflub of demons and stupidity. The ending and terrible direction absolutely ruins what was a pretty good first two-thirds of a movie. What makes this twice as bad is the fact that it's a "journey" film, meaning that everything that was set up leads to the resolution. In this case, the resolution is nonsensical and unsatisfying and negates just about anything good about the first two-thirds of its running time.


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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:

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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

Gross USA:

$24,827,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,627,228
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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