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The Body 2001

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(33) IMDb 5.3/10

Behind a simple hardware store, an archaeologist has discovered an ancient skeleton. Coloration of the bones indicates that the cause of death was crucifixion. A gold coin bearing the mark of Pontius Pilate indicated that this could be the body of Jesus. Antonio Banderas stars as a Jesuit priest whom together with the archaeologist, risks his life to seek the truth.

Starring:
Antonio Banderas,Olivia Williams
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Jonas McCord
Starring Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams
Studio AvalancheFilms
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 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

3.8 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Skalman on 26 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
I'm glad I ignored the negative reviews and decided to buy this DVD. Briefly, Antonio Banderas plays the Reverend Matt Gutierrez, who is sent by the Vatican to investigate human remains, which have been discovered in an ancient tomb during construction work in Jerusalem. An analysis carried out by the Israeli archaeologist, Sharon (Olivia Williams), suggests they could be the remains of Jesus Christ. The implications are unthinkable, and tensions rapidly begin to mount not only between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but also the Christian community, as scientific research gets under way. Both Sharon and Matt rapidly find themselves in increasing danger as Sharon gets closer to proving the relevance of her discovery. What I find most interesting, and disturbing, is the position of the Vatican in the midst of all this and the lengths it is prepared to go to in order to protect itself; even if it means covering up the Truth and destroying the very body of Christ. As a result, Matt Gutierrez is forced to question both his faith and also the Church. So, if you enjoy watching films about archaeological digs, relics, religion, the Middle Eastern conflict and conspiracy, this could be the film for you.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
In this entertaining thriller, a skeleton is discovered when a shop-owner decides to build a basement. An archeologist is called in and thinks she might have discovered something that could profoundly affect Christianity as we know it.
The plot itself is an interesting one, and the execution is quite skillfull. For me, what this story really means to bring out is that the foundations on which the Vatican has built its sphere of influence are fragile. Those who do not wish to see another side to the Church and its interpretation of faith and religion should not watch this movie, for it hints that in order to protect its position, the Church would be willing to destroy that very thing it claims to protect. Sometimes, the sacrifice does not justify the result.
The really impressive thing about this film is the way in which the underlying tensions are made clear when findings of religious importance turn up in an area that is at the very heart of many faiths. The different conclusions drawn by the various groups and the way in which they go about protecting their interests offers an insight into why world peace is still a long way off.
All in all, I found this film thought-provoking and entertaining and I would recommend watching it, especially because it offers a good basis for an evening of philosophical debate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 May 2007
Format: DVD
Given a new resonance in the light of James Cameron's recent Geraldo Riveraesque TV special, The Body certainly isn't the stinker the critics claimed, more a film with an intriguing premise that it's too eager to avoid offending anyone with to really capitalise on.

Somewhat reminiscent of 70s miniseries The Word, it sees Olivia Williams' Jewish archaeologist discover the tomb of a crucified man who died in AD 32 with identical wounds to Christ in Jerusalem, in the process opening a rather nasty can of worms that sees the Catholic Church, the Israeli authorities, Palestinian political groups and Hassidic Jews all at increasing odds over the possible consequences, with the Vatican sending Antonio Banderas' priest to investigate and debunk the find leading to the inevitable crisis of faith. So far so promising, but despite being more entertaining than expected it never quite gets to grips with either the theological or political implications, while playing down the genuine archaeology to avoid confusing the intended audience. Naturally it ends in a shootout and a big explosion (the film throws in another at the halfway point to keep things lively) and things do briefly get silly as a typically hammy Derek Jacobi's loss of faith and subsequent mental breakdown reaches a melodramatic turning point (cue slo-mo anguish from Antonio), but if it never hits the heights it's never dull either and Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography is typically strong. Note to Olivia Williams, though: sneering in profile just makes you look like Tara Palmer Tomkinson, and that's not a good look for any girl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lord elpus on 24 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What a load of rubbish... this is just a lot of clips banged together to try and make a film.the film subject is good enough but there is no atmosphere or sense of excitement at all,it should be a thriller but it just limps along with no real energy and seems to rely on two well known actors to give credibility to the film...the plot sounds good enough but this film falls apart quickly as the acting!! a bit melodramatic to say the least!how anyone can give this more than 2 stars is beyond me....this is a biblical mess and shouldn't be resurrected!!!!!
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An interesting and well acted film if a little dated now. The film should have been much bigger than it was, it could easily have been a Da Vinci Code type of blockbuster but mediocre writing let it down. We don't actually know how the Israeli government would deal with a find of this magnitude or what would actually be the Vatican's approach, however the basic premise in the film is believable.

The epilogue was quite powerful with Matt finally realising what it was for him to be a believer and how he was being used by those in search of power.

AMAZON PRIME NOTE: This film is not shown at the correct aspect ratio and appears squashed in the horizontal component.
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