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Still shot from the movie: Luther (2003).

Luther (2003)

The life and times of Martin Luther (played by Joseph Fiennes) are recounted in this biographical movie. When the humble German monk begins a private quest for truth, his questions spark a similar desire among his countrymen and detonating an open rebellion against the Catholic Church. Rocking parishioner to pope, and peasant to king, the religious reformation he ignited can still be felt today. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 123
Theater Release: 25 Sep 2003
Video Release: 29 Nov 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Father von Staupitz chides Luther privately for the religious division he is causing, to which the German monk replies, “When you sent me out so boldly to change the world, did you really think there would not be a cost?” Why does reform always come with a price? When is it worth it?

When a command is issued to appear before church and state officials to declare their position, Luther observes, “Satan invites us to preach in hell. Is it a trap, or a great opportunity?” Have you ever had to defend a position that was contrary to popular opinion? How would either the courage to rise to that occasion, or the failure to do so, affect the way you feel about yourself?

To learn more about this historical figure, check out the information on Martin Luther at this site: http://alt.wittenberg.de/en/seiten/personen/luther.html

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