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Season of the Witch (2011)

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14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

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A 14th century Crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest, a grieving knight, a disgraced itinerant and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardises the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force. Written by Momentum Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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7 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Cacería de brujas  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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UAH 1,462,262 (United Arab Emirates) (9 January 2011)

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$24,827,228 (USA)
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Originally set for release in March 2010. The studio pushed back release when test screenings reportedly did not impress Lionsgate executives. Reshoots were held in September 2010 in Shreveport, Louisiana. See more »

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When the priest is giving trip information to Behmen and Felson he tells them that the Abby is 400 leagues away and roughly 6 days travel. Behmen refers to this with the comment that 300 of those leagues were through rough terrain. A league was considered the distance that a man or horse could walk in one hour or about 3 miles. That means that the Abby was about 1200 miles away and if a man or horse walked 3 miles per hour for 6 days straight with no stopping or resting then they would have walked only 432 miles or about 1/3 the distance. Considering that they would have to take breaks for food, rest, and sleep then that would leave them with about 10 hours a day for walking. That means that they would actually take about 6 weeks, not days, to get there if they traveled every day. See more »

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[first lines]
Peasant Girl: No! No... please! I beg you. I beg you. I'm not a witch.
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Nic Cage cashed another paycheck.
13 July 2011 | by (Kansas City, MO, USA) – See all my reviews

"If you don't have anything nice to say ..." Is this an adequate review?

An embarrassingly bad, schlocky swords and sorcery movie starring Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Adaptation) as a heroic crusader tasked with transporting a witch to a remote monastery in central Europe during the time of the Black Death. Accompanied by his fellow crusader (Ron Perlman -- Hellboy I and II, City of Lost Children) and a young priest (Stephen Campbell Moore -- Bright Young Things, Amazing Grace), the "witch" soon proves to be not-what-she seems and before anybody knows it -- all hell breaks loose.

This is a film that is rather stupid when it begins ... and it becomes a bit stupider and than more stupider and even more stoopiderer as it goes along (I groan each time I type that).

It could be entertaining enough for others but I just had too many problems with dialogue (references to things not in existence in the Dark Ages) and bad jokes and Nicolas Cage's irritating performance (this guy is an Oscar-winner and he can be excellent; but these paycheck films always elicit terrible performances out of him).

There is enough action and some special effects that could impress ... but by the plot's "big reveal" (not really so big) I'd had enough. Seriously ... now I will heed that advice I have been told so many times before. I don't have anything nice to say so ...


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