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