MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: +2 1/2

Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), first seen in 1507 as a young, aspiring student in a German monastery, is sent by his mentor, John Von Stapuitz (Bruno Ganz), to study theology in Wittenburg. While there, Luther begins to struggle with practices of the Catholic church, most notably the selling of indulgences, a ticket to deliver deceased loved ones from purgatory. As he studies the Scriptures, he realizes that they teach salvation by Christ alone, faith alone and Scripture alone. Luther posts his famous 95 theses on the door at Wittenburg, and thus begins his battle with the church officials that leads to the Protestant Reformation. When he refuses to recant his beliefs, he is forced to go into hiding and there begins translating the New Testament into German. Luther watches in horror as some of his overzealous followers lose their lives in violent riots. As many others take up the cause peacefully, the Reformation comes into full swing and heads toward a break with Rome.

Luther is an inspiring story of one mans pursuit of God and his tremendous courage in the midst of constant threat. As the young man seeks God through the Scriptures and fights for faith over tradition, he grows from a timid young man into a bold leader. The film contains some violence, but none of it is especially bloody or gratuitous. Several people are shown hanging from gallows, a man is shown tied to a stake in preparation for burning and a young boy commits suicide by hanging, although the actual hanging is not shown. People riot, and buildings burn. An aftermath scene shows a man with his arm cut off and several dead bodies. The language is mild, and damn and hell are used frequently but always in discussions of eternal judgment, not as obscenities. Preview recommends Luther, with a mild warning about the violent images. It is a good film with the emphasis on salvation through Christ, not the Church.

Preview Reviewer: Bob Nusser

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times mild (crap, ass)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several people shown hanging by ropes, man intentionally holds his hand over a flame and displays his scorched palm to a crowd, people rush buildings and set them on fire, dead man shown with part of arm cut off, several dead bodies shown in aftermath of rioting

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity: One scene shows two women in low-cut tops

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (prostitute is shown soliciting man)

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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