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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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Did You Know?


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


The hospital on Unst when first seen is named "Saxa Vord Private Hospital", the second time it is called "Mount Carmel Private Hospital". 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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Embarrassing to watch
27 June 2016 | by orkneyheraldSee all my reviews

Supposedly set in Shetland, this is embarrassing to watch. The film was obviously made in Ireland and I doubt the cast set foot in Scotland, let alone Shetland. The island of Unst, where the story takes place, is a beautifully barren island with a small population. How it is able to support a hospital that features in the film beggars belief. The number of staff needed vastly outnumbers the actual population of Unst. It also manages to change its name during the film.

There are an alarming number of trees visible for a what is described in the film as a treeless island.

The body that is found in a peat bog is clearly found in clay soil. The rituals featured by the "Druids and Vikings" never took place in Shetland and the Druids were never in Shetland.

For no reason at all one scene starts with a view of a fishing village that looks suspiciously like Pennan or Crovie - Why?

It would have been far better if the whole story had been set in a fictitious place.

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