The Order

September 5th, 2003


The Order

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A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 4.9/10 (10,607 voted)

Critic's Score: 21/100

Director: Brian Helgeland

Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Shannyn Sossamon

Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death. The body bears strange marks on the chest which may or may not be the sign of a Sin Eater (Furmann), a renegade who offers absolution, last rites and therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church. Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade Father Thomas (Addy) and of a troubled artist (Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged into a mystery only to find himself at the heart of it.

Heath Ledger - Alex Bernier
Shannyn Sossamon - Mara Sinclair
Benno Fürmann - William Eden
Mark Addy - Thomas Garrett
Peter Weller - Driscoll
Francesco Carnelutti - Dominic
Mattia Sbragia - Apathetic Bishop
Mirko Casaburo - Little Boy
Giulia Lombardi - Little Girl
Richard Bremmer - Bookstore Owner
Cristina Maccà - Sister Franca
Paola Emilia Villa - Sister Marie
Rosalinda Celentano - Faraway Eyes Girl
Alessandra Costanzo - Eden's Maid
Paolo Lorimer - Englishman

Taglines: Behind the disguise of good hides the soul of evil.


Official Website: 20th Century Fox | 20th Century Fox [uk] (Flash site) |

Release Date: 5 September 2003

Filming Locations: Caserta, Campania, Italy

Box Office Details

Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,438,899 (USA) (7 September 2003) (1975 Screens)

Gross: $7,659,747 (USA) (26 October 2003)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Portugal:

Did You Know?

On the DVD, there's a deleted scene in which Thomas wields a flaming sword - a biblical reference. As Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden Of Eden, God places an angel (some traditions say an archangel called Uriel) at the gates with a flaming sword. He is to make sure that none enter the Garden of Eden unworthy. Thomas thus sees himself as a guardian of Eden, or Paradise.

Revealing mistakes: You can see the cable holding the man who was being hanged.

[first lines]
Alex Bernier: Every life is a riddle. The answer to mine is knowledge, born of darkness.
Alex Bernier: It wasn't always so. In the beginning, I still had questions. In the beginning, my mystery still remained.

User Review

Pretty Good Horror


I must disagree with many of the reviewers on this film. I consider The Order to be a mature, well-constructed horror story. The "horror" is subtle at first, but it builds, along with the suspense, into several, intense episodes that culminate the film decisively. It is a complex flux of development, change and ever-increasing intensity of suspense and anxiety. As with any horror film, indeed almost any film, one must become immersed in the culture and story that is created. One must assume certain elements of the film to be valid, then flow with the plot. The Order fills all of the requirements of a good horror tale, done smoothly and skillfully. The characters and the actors portraying them fit well into the development of it all. I was most impressed with the lead actress. Her portrayal was stunningly sympathetic. And I really loved the ending. It melded all of the elements of the film together in a satisfying conclusion. This film creates a sense of doom and inevitability that constantly grows with its progression. That is what drew me to keep watching. I am not generally a fan of "Religious" horror. I shall gladly make an exception for The Order.


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