Shadow of the Sword 2006

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Fearsome swordplay abounds in this 16th Century epic chronicling the time-tested loyalty of two friends during the notorious Inquisition. As children, Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Headhunters, Game of Thrones) and Georg (Peter McDonald, Wreckers) developed a strong bond, both orphans growing up in a monastery.

Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

Shadow of the Sword

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Simon Aeby
Studio Arrow
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By E. Evlogidis on 13 April 2012
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This film deserves far more credit than it appears to have received. Yes it is linked to the Exceptional Game of Thrones, mainly through the actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau but it offers so much more.

The story itself is driven by two central characters Martin played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Georg (Peter McDonald). Both orphans who are parted as youngsters and who undertake 2 very different journeys, Martin becomes a soldier Georg a Friar. 15 Years later they are reunited Georg has become a Friar of great standing within the city Martin a war weary soldier who has begun to question the rules set out by the Church. It is whilst visiting his long lost friend that Martin spies and falls in Love with the Executioners daughter Anna played by Anastasia Griffith . Thought to be amongst the lowest of the low (Historical fact: Executioners lived on the outskirts of the town or village where they plied their trade. They were considered to be untouchables and only an Executioner would marry another Executioners daughter). Martin fathers a child with Anna and being not only a man of honour but also madly in love with her he marries her and as a consequence must himself become the Executioner on the death of Anna's father, no other job being available to him once he became linked in such an intimate way with the Executioner and his family.

Fabio, the Executioners assistant is not pleased about this as he himself had expected (quite rightly) to marry Anna and take over from her father on his death and so he sets out to discredit Martin and destroy his family. How he does this I won't ruin by telling you but it involves a theft from the church and the arrival of the Inquisition which was never a good sign.

The level of research that went into this film is truly astounding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nan bullen on 10 Jan 2013
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It was a very interesting film. Acting good, atmosphere that captured the era. Only acting I found ,sometimes wooden
Entertaining..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE BISHOP on 29 Sep 2013
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I FOUND THIS DVD EXCELLENT.IT WAS INTERESTING AND FULL OF ACTION FROM THE MOMENT
IT STARTED . IT TAKES YOU THROUGH VARIOUS EMOTIONS AND THE ACTING IS A PLEASURE TO WATCH.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stan Tarne on 7 Mar 2013
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Having a famous Danish Actor in the film also helps when I am Danish. The film has a good storyline, is very exciting and is well made.
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Starts very good - goes along at a slowish pace, good acting with a weak script - The end is rather disappointing! NOT for the squeamish!
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If you like game of thrones and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau aka jaime lannister then you might wanna consider giving this a look.
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By Sterling on 1 April 2014
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A believable film, sometimes upsetting other times uplifting.good film with likeable characters. recommended to anyone interested in this genre, buy it.
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Enjoyed this film. Unlike lots of these types of films there was a plot which was not entirely predictable which was refreshing. Kept you on the edge of your chair throughout as you just wanted to know what was going to happen next. Overall - not like anything else I have seen but thoroughly enjoyed it. One thing I would say is that it does show some medieval torture in parts which was mild - but perhaps not for younger children in the room.
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