The Reckoning (2004)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Whodunit  |   Release Date - Mar 5, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - Spain, UK  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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.

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accusation, actor, murder, mute, priest, small-town, witchcraft