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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Hypatia
Max Minghella ... Davus
Oscar Isaac ... Orestes
Ashraf Barhom ... Ammonius
Michael Lonsdale ... Theon
Rupert Evans ... Synesius
Homayoun Ershadi ... Aspasius
Sami Samir ... Cyril (as Sammy Samir)
Richard Durden ... Olympius
Omar Mostafa ... Isidorus
Manuel Cauchi ... Theophilus
Oshri Cohen ... Medorus
Charles Thake ... Hesiquius
Harry Borg ... Prefect Evragius
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Peter (as Yousef Sweid)
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Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with the Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Alexandria, Egypt. 391 A.D. The World Changed Forever


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The film is set in 391 CE. See more »

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In the film, the Serapeum is on top of a hill. According to certain authors, it contained only part of the Great Library's works after its fire 500 years earlier. There were two libraries, and the Great Library was on the other side of the Rhakotis quarter, in front of the Island of Pharus. See more »

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Hypatia: Ever since Plato, all of them - Aristarchus, Hipparchus, Ptolemy - they have all, all, all tried to reconcile their observations with circular orbits. But what if another shape is hiding in the heavens?
Davus: Another shape? Lady, there is no shape more pure than the circle; you taught us that.
Hypatia: I know, I know, but suppose - just suppose! - the purity of the circle has blinded us from seeing anything beyond it! I must begin all over with new eyes. I must rethink everything!... What if we dared to look at...
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Extraordinary movie-making at its best.
27 May 2009 | by vnsfthSee all my reviews

Alejandro Amenábar's masterpiece is a breathtaking excursion into religious fascism and misogynistic tyranny made special by Rachel Weisz, who probably give one of the best female acting performances in years as a scientist who was light years beyond her generation. Weisz is amazing and her performance is the show and then some. She's back up by Max Minghella, who is a great actor in his own right and Oscar Isaac, who is just as good. The triangle between them in believable and touch by their struggles to find their destinies. Its a moving cinematic piece of art and Alejandro does the story proud in his way of capturing the time of struggles of that time. Far and away, the best film I have seen all year.


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Spain | Malta | Bulgaria

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Spain) See more »

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Agora See more »

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Delimara, Malta See more »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,262, 30 May 2010

Gross USA:

$619,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,457,342
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