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Sacrifice (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 29 April 2016 (USA)
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After digging up a bizzarly mutilated corpse on her land, physician Tora Hamilton uncovers a lethal connection to ancient pagan rituals.


Peter A. Dowling


Peter A. Dowling (screenplay by), Sharon Bolton (based on the novel "Sacrifice" by) (as S.J. Bolton)





Credited cast:
Radha Mitchell ... Dr. Tora Hamilton
Rupert Graves ... Duncan Guthrie
Ian McElhinney ... D.I. McKie
David Robb ... Richard Guthrie
Hilary Rose ... Janice Shaw
Liam Carney ... Mr. Grey
Conor Mullen ... Stephen Renney
Joanne Crawford ... Sgt. Dana Tulloch
Lesa Thurman ... NY Hospital Nurse
Declan Conlon Declan Conlon ... Stephen Gair
Peter Vollebregt ... Kenn Wickliff
Megan Riordan ... Janet
Deirdre Monaghan Deirdre Monaghan ... Elspeth Guthrie
Aron Hegarty ... Officer
Rachel Oliva ... Ruth Morgan


Sacrifice is the story of consultant surgeon, Tora Hamilton, who moves with her husband, Duncan, to the remote Shetland Islands, 100 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland. Deep in the peat soil around her new home, Tora discovers the body of a young woman with rune marks carved into her skin and a gaping hole where her heart once beat. Ignoring warnings to leave well alone, Tora uncovers terrifying links to a legend that might never have been confined to the pages of the story-books.

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Every life has a price.


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Ireland | Germany | USA



Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Жертва See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Rupert Graves, who plays Duncan Guthrie, also plays the iconic role of DI Lestrade on the BBC series, Sherlock (2010). See more »


It would have been easy for the medical examiner to notice the corpse discovered in the peat was that of a nursing mother. Peat bogs preserve fats, in fact ancient cultures would preserve butter by placing it in a animal bladder and sinking it in a bog. This would preserve the fats of the butter indefinitely. "Bog butter" preserved in the ancient past is still edible today. A nursing mother would have had deposits of bog butter and a substance called "grave wax" in the tissues of her breasts, and most likely in her hips and thighs as nursing mothers tend to accumulate fat reserves more so than other women. Easily noticeable in even the most cursory medical inquest. See more »


[last lines]
Dr. Tora Hamilton: Can I ask you something? Did you know about all this?
D.I. McKie: I have daughters.
Dr. Tora Hamilton: They were all somebody's daughter.
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Run of the mill, but enjoyable
30 April 2016 | by Bohemian81See all my reviews

Fairly run of the mill thriller. A woman moves to a remote Scottish island and stumbles onto a buried body. And so the 'mystery' begins....

Nothing special here but still enjoyable. Overall the story is quite standard and predictable. Even the twists and turns can be seen a mile away. Don't expect to be wowed or anything.

The only thing that lifts this movie in to something worth seeing is the lead actress (Radha Mitchell). Every time Radha was on screen she stole the show in this otherwise bland experience. Her convincing performance makes this movie.

Overall a good movie for a rainy day. Just don't expect Oscar material.

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