Luther [DVD] [2003]

The life of one of the controversial figures in the history of modern religion is brought to the screen in this historical biography. Born in 1483, Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes) was an intelligent and principled young man who was studying law in early 16th century Germany when a close brush with death led him to follow a spiritual path and join a Catholic monastery. Under the guidance of Father Johann von Staupitz (Bruno Ganz), Luther became a valued member of the monastery's hierarchy, and as a sign of his trust, Father Johann asked Luther to join him for a voyage to Rome as part of church business. Luther was appalled by the corrupt practices of the leading church officials, in particular the sale of "indulgences," in which the wealthy could purchase forgiveness for a wide variety of sins. Luther left the monastery to study theology in Wittenberg; a keen student, he later became a professor and won the support of King Frederick the Wise (Peter Ustinov), who also recognized the potential controversy of Luther's iron principles. When a new pope, Leo X, assumes the throne at the Vatican, he orders the construction of St. Peter's Basilica. To pay the costs, an ambitious monk, John Tetzel (Alfred Molina), was sent out to sell indulgences to both the wealthy and the poor, leaving his audiences with little doubt of the eternal consequences that awaited those who did not empty their purses. An infuriated Luther wrote an angry essay on the corruption of the church entitled "95 Theses," and thanks to the recent invention of the printing press, Luther's words were soon circulated throughout Europe, leading to an angry conflict with Catholic officials which threatened to tear the church in two. Luther also features supporting performances from Claire Cox as Katharina von Bora and Jonathan Firth as Girolamo Aleandro.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

Special Features


  • English: 5.1 surround
  • English & Spanish language subtitles
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Luther
The life of one of the controversial figures in the history of modern religion is brought to the screen in this historical biography. Born in 1483, Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes) was an intelligent and principled young man who was studying law in early 16th century Germany when a close brush with death led him to follow a spiritual path and join a Catholic monastery. Under the guidance of Johann von Staupitz (Bruno Ganz), Luther became a valued member of the monastery's hierarchy, and as a sign of his trust, von Staupitz asked Luther to join him for a voyage to Rome as part of church business. Luther was appalled by the corrupt practices of the leading church officials, in particular the sale of "indulgences," in which the wealthy could purchase forgiveness for a wide variety of sins. Luther left the monastery to study theology in Wittenberg; a keen student, he later became a professor and won the support of Frederick the Wise (Peter Ustinov), who also recognized the potential controversy of Luther's iron principles. When a new pope, Leo X, assumes the throne at the Vatican, he orders the construction of St. Peter's Basilica. To pay the costs, an ambitious monk, Johann Tetzel (Alfred Molina), was sent out to sell indulgences to both the wealthy and the poor, leaving his audiences with little doubt of the eternal consequences that awaited those who did not empty their purses. An infuriated Luther wrote an angry essay on the corruption of the church entitled "95 Theses," and thanks to the recent invention of the printing press, Luther's words were soon circulated throughout Europe, leading to an angry conflict with Catholic officials which threatened to tear the church in two. Luther also features supporting performances from Claire Cox as Katharina von Bora and Jonathan Firth as Girolamo Aleandro. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Joseph Fiennes
    Joseph Fiennes - Martin Luther
  • Alfred Molina
    Alfred Molina - Johann Tetzel
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    Claire Cox - Katharina von Bora
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov - Frederick the Wise
  • Jonathan Firth
    Jonathan Firth - Girolamo Aleander



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie - If You're a Church History Buff

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    JayCan81
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    While I did enjoy the movie, I did feel lost at certain times. I feel like I'm pretty up to speed with the Lutheran & Catholic histories; however, there were certain times in the movie where I was lost and felt there could have been a little more explanation for things. Overall, I would recommend this movie to viewers and at less than $5 it was definitely a steal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lutheran knowledge

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    Steino54
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    I bought this because I'm Lutheran but never really knew exactly his story (except for a greatly abridged edition from my youth minister which wasn't much). Figured as how I went to a college affiliated with the Lutheran Church and had two relatives from the same denomination who were ministers I better increase my knowledge. This helped!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good life story.

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    Pontoon95
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    Fantastic look at the early life of Martin Luther. A good presentation of what would eventually lead to his break from the Roman Catholic Church and his reluctance to be seprated from the mother church.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie!! Worth the View

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    KenSpringTX

    The acting, plot, scenery is very high budget. Great story line and very educational.... would highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

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    ghilargue
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    Great movie to learn about the main character of the Reformation

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    brownsvilleman
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    This is a great story and interesting movie to see.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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