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Joseph Fiennes , Bruno Ganz , Eric Till    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Like The Passion of the Christ, Luther is 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 1600s). 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), Luther isn'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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4.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise Feb. 20 2005
I heard nothing about this movie before I saw it and wasn't expecting much, given a lot of bad historical movies recently. But this is a really first rate telling of the historical events that sparked the Reformation. Not only that, it is a beautifully filmed and well-acted movie. The sets were magnificent and captured the period perfectly. I thought Joseph Fiennes too slight and reserved to play the stocky, robust Luther, and I suppose the one thing I missed was a sense of Luther's earthiness. But his acting in other respects was superb. He was, however, outshone by Peter Ustinov's Frederick the Wise, who was, well, wise. The movie succeeds in portraying a complex relationship between Luther and Frederick. I am not sure how historically accurate this is, but it is very believable. As for representing the complex issues that led Luther to do what he did, the movie succeeded in that as well. While the Peasant's Revolt was covered a little superficially I suppose that is inevitable given the time restrictions of a two hour movie. The producers would have needed a mini-series to do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super April 11 2013
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J'ai déjà vu ce film et il est excellent, c'est pourquoi je l'ai acheté......je le recommande à tous mais particulièrement aux chrétiens qui veulent en savoir plus sur les origines de la réforme
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reformation Saint Feb. 22 2006
Luther is a remarkable film in many ways. One disclaimer should be made -- this is not a documentary, in which the standard phrase about scenes being created or adapted for dramatic purposes would be made. No such disclaimer is given here, but the serious observer watching for history as well as entertainment should be warned not to accept everything at face value.
The performances are solid, occasionally stunning. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in 'Shakespeare in Love') does an exceptional job portraying Germany's turbulent priest, whose search for knowledge and personal salvation leads him to question all around him. The action moves quickly in the film, collapsing complex historical and theological items into almost single-issue ciphers for clarity in the film -- one might be forgiven for coming away from the film believing that Luther tacked up a declaration of 1 Thesis rather than 95 Theses, and that the Roman church was corrupt entirely. The tension within the church is alluded to in a few spots (the cardinal who hopes for a pope who will save the church, etc.), but by and large, the Roman church is portrayed with a broad brush as evil.
The scenes in which the peasants revolt and the people take Luther's messages to extremes are dramatically produced and emotionally moving without being gruesome or needlessly gory. The complexities of the people's wavering support for Luther, and Luther's occasional collaborations against the people, are similarly glossed over.
Fiennes is shown in a few points preaching to the people, as a priest and as a street leader -- Luther was known to be an effective preacher and teacher, and this comes across here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must See Feb. 18 2014
By Scott
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Every christian should know this story. There was only catholic or jew before this guy so be thankful to God and to Martin Luther if you know the truth about the gospel of Jesus
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing production Jan. 17 2014
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This account of the life of Martin Luther is captivating and spellbinding. Intense is the word I use to describe the whole movie. My understanding is that the story is quite accurate. The movie begins in Germany in 1507, when God called Luther to become a monk in the Augustine order. His father disapproved but Luther knew he had to obey God. While in Wittenberg as a student, he began to question some of the Catholic church's practices, such as relics and indulgences. His eyes were opened to the suffering and poverty of the Catholic peasants, and how the church's hierarchy lived in wealth and splendor. He began to teach against unbiblical practices and taught instead the true Gospel of forgiveness and salvation.

Luther also resisted the power of the Catholic church, exposing the fear that was put upon the people so that they would give of their few resources to the church. Superstition was rampant. Earlier in dedicating himself to God, Luther prayed, "I am Yours. Save me." For the rest of Luther's life, God answered that prayer, saving not only Luther but through Luther preaching the true Gospel about the love of God, God saved a nation. From Germany, the Gospel of Jesus Christ traveled through Europe and eventually around the world. Luther paid a price for his obedience to God and often lived in fear for his life. In the end, God blessed him with support and a wife (who was formerly a nun) and children. God used Luther's life and dedication to Himself to set a strong foundation of truth from the Word of God, in the church.

The performances were superb. Sets and costumes were authentic and realistic, right down to the dirt and squalor that the peasants lived in compared to the opulence and wealth that surrounded the hierarchy in the church.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Well done biopic of Martin Luther's life. Very dramatic and fills in the holes of a pivotal life. Only problem is that it came in European zoning for dvd so I have to play it on my... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Darryl Klassen
1.0 out of 5 stars Miss owning this video
Turned out we can't play this on our DVD players as it is made for Europe or something. Ended up throwing it away. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Suzanne Boulanger
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Arrived on time.

The case was a bit damaged but I did buy it "like new"

Disc works fine, no problems.
Published 12 months ago by Stéphane Marcoux
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther
I think this film really got to the heart of the issues in the religious community of that period..... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2011 by Ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping & Compelling Movie
Luther is one of the best Christian movies I have seen. I don't know what the budget was but it looks great. The cast are superb, real quality actors and it shows. Read more
Published on June 1 2010 by Novel Thoughts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I too picked this movie up in the rental shop not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it and won't bore you with repeating what the other reviewers have... Read more
Published on March 11 2009 by klr4evr
5.0 out of 5 stars based on Erik Erikson ...
The film script authors Camille Thomasson and Gavigan gave the statement, that they tried to be based on the psychobiography (written 1958), in which the scientist Erik H. Read more
Published on July 30 2005 by FrizzText
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