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The Reckoning (2004)

Cast: Paul Bettany, Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe, more...
Director: Paul McGuigan, Paul McGuigan
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Spain, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Scottish filmmaker Paul McGuigan directs The Reckoning, based on the award-winning novel Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. Set in 14th century England, the story involves a priest named Nicholas (Paul Bettany) who leaves the church after committing adultery. He falls in with a troupe of traveling actors led by Martin (Willem Dafoe). Nicholas joins them and attracts the attention of Martin's sister Sarah (Gina McKee). The group ends up in a small town where a mute woman (Elvira Minguez) is accused of witchcraft and murder. Drawn to the woman, Martin suggests that the troupe re-create the events in hopes of drawing a crowd and solving the crime. Also starring Brian Cox, Ewen Bremner, and Vincent Cassel. The Reckoning premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Medieval mystery shenanigans by talltale August 4, 2004 - 3:55 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Time and place are all important to the middling mystery THE RECKONING, which plunks a troupe of medieval actors into a castle town where a string of murders has been happening--then lets the "fun" begin. The visuals here are terrific, nicely capturing the look and feel of this distant period. The most interesting and amusing parts of the movie have to do with how plays were performed during this period--and the beginnings of a change from religious-inspired pieces to what might almost be called "reality" theatre. Paul Bettany is a mysterious ex-priest with a secret or two and Willem Dafoe plays a relatively humane character for a change (Willem Dafriend?). It's nice to see Gina McKee, Brian Cox and Vincent Cassel, too, though none are given much to do. This is not a great film by any means--but I doubt you'll feel your RECKONING time was wasted.

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