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LikeThe Passion of the Christ,Lutheris the story of a spiritual leader, German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), in opposition to the religious orthodoxy of the time (in his case, the 1500s). His goal--to bring God to the people and to take money, fear, and shame out of the equation--made him a reformer to some, a heretic to others. Released around the same time as Mel Gibson's blockbuster, it failed to attract the same degree of attention--or controversy. Granted, it's a different film, but not radically so. Directed by Eric Till (Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace),Lutherisn't always easy to follow or as emotionally involving as it could be. That said, it's a fascinating story and Fiennes receives solid support from Alfred Molina (Frida), Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire), and the late Sir Peter Ustinov (Spartacus), in his final film role, as Frederick the Wise.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
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CastJoseph Fiennes, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Molina, Bruno Ganz, Jonathan Firth
DirectorEric Till
Genre:  Drama, Faith & Spirituality
Screen WriterBart Gavigan, Camille Thomasson
DVD Release Date:  November 30, 2004
Runtime:  123 minutes
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD)
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review by . July 01, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
"Luther" is a faithful rendering of the life, times, strengths, weaknesses, and ministry of the Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther. This is no "Sunday School" rendering nor is it a cheaply made, poorly done "Christian film." Instead, it is a well-acted (Joseph Fiennes as Luther) and beautifully filmed picture.     That said, having studied Luther's life and read his "Table Talks" and "Letters of Spiritual Counsel," the script did not allow Fiennes to mind the depths of Luther's …
review by . December 01, 2004
LUTHER succeeds on many levels: the historical data is solid, the settings in Germany and Rome in the early 16th century are meticulously recreated, the script is superb, and the acting is uniformly excellent. Clocking in at just over two hours, LUTHER offers a biography of one of the important periods in history - that of the forming of the Reformation.    The story is so well known that it does not bear repeating. Suffice it to say that the external and internal demons that …
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