In this religious drama concerning the struggle between science and faith, Olivia Williams plays Sharon Golban, an Israeli archeologist who discovers a skeleton within a tomb in Jerusalem. After an intensive study and the accumulation of more information, the bones begin to resemble the remains of Jesus Christ. At this news, the Vatican decides to send a young priest, Rev. Matt Gutierrez (Antonio Banderas), to investigate the problem and make sure the scientist's findings do not cause a stir. Meanwhile, a Palestinian shopkeeper (Makram J. Khoury) is caught between the church and Israeli society due to his finding of the bones: His basement led to the discovery. All of this poses a dilemma for the young reverend, who is forced to re-evaluate his own religion due to this new development's rewriting of the story of Jesus, which states that when his followers arrived at the tomb after crucifixion, it was empty. Written and directed by Jonas McCord, The Body is based on a novel by Richard Ben Sapir.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 109min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 04/20/2001
- DVD Release Date: 07/03/2001
- Distributor(s): Lions Gate Films
- Themes: Crisis of Faith,Crisis of Conscience,Obsessive Quests
- Tone: Atmospheric,Earnest,Ominous,Sweeping,Tense
Christ [Jesus], archaeology, basement, priest, re-evaluation, shopkeeper, skeleton, tomb
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (04-20-2001)
- Language: English