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The Order (2003)

A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.

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Francesco Carnelutti ...
Dominic
Mattia Sbragia ...
Apathetic Bishop
Mirko Casaburo ...
Little Boy
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Little Girl
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Bookstore Owner
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Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death. The body bears strange marks on the chest which may or may not be the sign of a Sin Eater (Furmann), a renegade who offers absolution, last rites and therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church. Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade Father Thomas (Addy) and of a troubled artist (Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged into a mystery only to find himself at the heart of it. Written by Brian Helgeland

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Every soul has its price. See more »


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Rated R for violent images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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5 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,438,899 (USA) (5 September 2003)

Gross:

$7,659,747 (USA) (24 October 2003)
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Originally scheduled for January 17, 2002, the film's release date was postponed when the visual effects had to be redone because they were thought to be unintentionally funny. According to a anonymous source close to the production quoted by Variety magazine, the special effects depicting sins exiting the human body after death looked like "calamari". See more »

Goofs

The policeman tells Alex that Mara Williams has escaped. However, the character's name is Mara Sinclair. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex Bernier: Every life is a riddle. The answer to mine is knowledge, born of darkness.
Alex Bernier: It wasn't always so. In the beginning, I still had questions. In the beginning, my mystery still remained.
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References Mod Squad (1968) See more »

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Due Croci
Written by Adam Milo Smalley & Dan Powell
Performed by Crotch
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Pretty Good Horror
15 July 2004 | by (Columbus, Georgia) – See all my reviews

I must disagree with many of the reviewers on this film. I consider The Order to be a mature, well-constructed horror story. The "horror" is subtle at first, but it builds, along with the suspense, into several, intense episodes that culminate the film decisively. It is a complex flux of development, change and ever-increasing intensity of suspense and anxiety. As with any horror film, indeed almost any film, one must become immersed in the culture and story that is created. One must assume certain elements of the film to be valid, then flow with the plot. The Order fills all of the requirements of a good horror tale, done smoothly and skillfully. The characters and the actors portraying them fit well into the development of it all. I was most impressed with the lead actress. Her portrayal was stunningly sympathetic. And I really loved the ending. It melded all of the elements of the film together in a satisfying conclusion. This film creates a sense of doom and inevitability that constantly grows with its progression. That is what drew me to keep watching. I am not generally a fan of "Religious" horror. I shall gladly make an exception for The Order.


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