Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina
Director: Eric Till
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Rated: PG13
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
Run Time: 113

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.

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