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The Reckoning

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Synopsis

England 14th century. Plague and bandit attacks threaten remote communities and the forests that surround them add nameless terrors. The people labour under the yoke of two oppressive powers - the Church laying claim to their souls and the Knights, the feudal warlords, who command life after death.

Nicholas, a young priest, is discovered in the act of adultery by an enraged husband who dies in the ensuing struggle. Appalled by his fall from grace, he turns his back on the Church and goes on the run.

Destitute and forced to hide his privileged origins, Nicholas joins a troupe of travelling actors who have just lost one of their number. He is falling for Sarah, the beautiful sister of the troupe's leader, but the shame of his past leads him to conceal his passion. He begs to stay and learn the mysteries of the actor's craft.

The small town where they plan to perform The Fall of Adam and Eve is under a dark cloud of fear. A boy has been murdered, and the town's sheriff has been swift to lay the blame on a deaf and dumb girl, Martha, who can do nothing to defend herself, but whose striking looks captivate Martin. Realising that the crime is not the first, the actors set on a course of action, which will expose a serial killer.

Details

Year
2002
Type of film
Features
Running Time
107 mins
Format
35mm Kodak
Director
Paul McGuigan
Producer
Stephen Evans, Angus Finney
Editor
Andrew Hulme
Screenwriter
Mark Mills based on 'Morality Play' by Barry Unsworth
Director of Photography
Peter Sova
Sound
Antonio Bloch
Music
Magnus Fiennes
Principal Cast
Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Brian Cox, Gina McKee, Vincent Cassel, Elvira Minguez, Ewan Bremner, Matthew MacFadyen

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Production Company

Renaissance Films
Contact: Angus Finney, Stephen Evans
34-35 Berwick Street
London
W1V 3RF
UK

T 00 44 (0)20 7287 5190
F 00 44 (0)20 7287 5191

info@renaissance-films.com
intsales@renaissance-films.com

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Company

Renaissance Films
Contact: Angus Finney, Stephen Evans
34-35 Berwick Street
London
W1V 3RF
UK

T 00 44 (0)20 7287 5190
F 00 44 (0)20 7287 5191

info@renaissance-films.com
intsales@renaissance-films.com