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Agora (2009) Movie



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Overview

Language
English

Country
Spain

Ratings / Votes
7.1/ 10 (30923 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for some violence

Production Company
Canal+ España [es] - (with the participation of)
Cinebiss [mt] - (production services)
Himenóptero [es]
Mod Producciones [es]
Telecinco Cinema [es]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors

Writers

Release Date
(France) - 17 May 2009
(Canada) - 12 September 2009
(Spain) - 9 October 2009
(France) - 11 November 2009
(Portugal) - 10 December 2009

Running Time
France:141 (Cannes Film Festival)

Tagline
Alexandria, Egypt. 391 A.D. The World Changed Forever

Keywords
4th-century, 5th-century, alexandria-egypt, ambush, ancient-egypt, ancient-world, antiquity, aristotle, asexual, assassination, astrolabe, astronomer, astronomy, atheism, atheist, bare-chested-male, based-on-true-story, bathing, beheading, belief-in-god, belief-in-gods, betrayal, bible, bigotry, bishop,

Technical Support
CAM:Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Master Zoom Lenses
CAM:Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime and Master Zoom Lenses
CAM:Arriflex 235, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
LAB:Fotofilm DeLuxe S.L., Madrid, Spain
MET:3464 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
MET:3469 m - (Sweden)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak Vision2 250D 5205, Vision3 500T 5219)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (2K) (master format)
PCS:Super 35 - (source format)
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1



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Full Cast

  1. Agius, Andre as [Child] <41>
  2. Agius, Jean-Pierre as (as Jean Pierre Agius) [Clown] <67>
  3. Azzopardi, Alan as [Suspicious Jew] <59>
  4. Barhom, Ashraf as [Ammonius] <4>
  5. Barnes, Paul (XI) as [Dignitary] <20>
  6. Borg, Harry as [Prefect Evragius] <14>
  7. Borg, Peter (IV) as [Pagan Priest] <33>
  8. Buhagiar, Sean as [Christian student] <43>
  9. Buhagiar, Stephen as [Parabalano] <27>
  10. Camilleri, Joseph as [Parabolano] <28>
  11. Camilleri, Mario as [Alarmed Neighbour] <50>
  12. Caruana Galizia, Edward as (uncredited) [Student]
  13. Cauchi, Manuel as [Theophilus] <11>
  14. Celia, Paul as (as Paul Cilia) [Indian King] <66>
  15. Cohen, Oshri as [Medorus] <12>
  16. Cormi, Simon as (as Simon Curmi) [Informer] <53>
  17. Cox, Sam (IV) as [Pagan Rival] <17>
  18. de Franco, Guilherme as (uncredited) [Roman Officer]
  19. Dingli, Christopher as [Student] <26>
  20. Durden, Richard as [Olympius] <9>
  21. Dyer, Clint (I) as [Hierax-Parabolano] <16>
  22. Ellul, Anthony as [Deacon] <46>
  23. Ellul, Malcolm as [Bodyguard] <38>
  24. Ellul, Wesley as [Guard] <51>
  25. Ellul-Mercer, David as (as David Ellul) [Slave] <57>
  26. Ershadi, Homayoun as [Aspasius] <7>
  27. Evans, Rupert (II) as [Synesius] <6>
  28. Fenech, Reuben as (uncredited) [HQ Soldier]
  29. Galea, Malcolm (I) as [Charition's Brother] <65>
  30. Galea, Peter as [Roman officer] <54>
  31. Galea, Ronnie as [Ship's Captain] <56>
  32. Ghersci, Francis (III) as [Hypatia's disciple] <23>
  33. Grima, Jimmy as (uncredited) [Hypatia Disciple No.2]
  34. Grima, Jonathan as [Hypatia's Disciple] <24>
  35. Harris, George (II) as [Heladius Dignitary] <18>
  36. Isaac, Oscar as [Orestes] <3>
  37. Kiziuk, Jordan as [Hypatia's Disciple] <22>
  38. Larone, Michael as (uncredited)
  39. Lonsdale, Michael (I) as [Theon] <5>
  40. Mangion, Ray as [Crier via Canopica] <39>
  41. Marinelli, John as [Guard] <52>
  42. Meadows, Alan as [Rabbi] <32>
  43. Micallef, Reuben as (uncredited) [Disciple]
  44. Minghella, Max as [Davus] <2>
  45. Mizzi, Philip (I) as (as Phillip Mizzi) [Surgeon] <58>
  46. Montague, Samuel as (as Sam Montague) [Crier] <68>
  47. Montanaro, John as [Bodyguard] <37>
  48. Morand, Sylvester as [Dignitary] <19>
  49. Mostafa, Omar (I) as [Isidorus] <10>
  50. Pace, Joe (II) as [Stallkeeper] <61>
  51. Paris, Alan as [Bodyguard] <36>
  52. Paul, Portelli as [Troublemaker] <34>
  53. Quattromani, Joe as [Old Philosopher] <31>
  54. Raikes, Christopher as [Frightened Hellenic Man] <48>
  55. Ricards, Robert as (as Rob Ricards) [Roman Officer] <35>
  56. Samir, Sami as (as Sammy Samir) [Cyril] <8>
  57. Sammut, Charles as [Philosopher] <29>
  58. Sammut, Nikovich as [Roman Officer] <55>
  59. Sciortino, Michael as [Philosopher] <30>
  60. Serrano, Juan (III) as (uncredited) [Dead Jew]
  61. Stafrace, Pierre as [Deacon] <47>
  62. Suda, John as [Customer] <62>
  63. Sweid, Yousef Joe as (as Yousef Sweid) [Peter] <15>
  64. Tabone, Michael as [Rabbi] <63>
  65. Tanti, Frank as [Deacon] <45>
  66. Testa, Frederick as [Christian] <42>
  67. Thake, Charles as [Hesiquius] <13>
  68. Todorovic, Novica (I) as (uncredited) [Parabalano Fighter]
  69. Agius, Clare as [Frightened Hellenic Woman] <49>
  70. Bonello, Mary Rose as [Old Jewish Woman] <40>
  71. Camilleri, Marieclaire as (uncredited) [Jewish Girl]
  72. Celia, Theresa as (as Theresa Cilia) [Christian Woman] <44>
  73. Galea, Angele as [Charition] <64>
  74. March, Polly as [Woman with figs] <60>
  75. Revah, Amber Rose as [Sidonia] <21>
  76. Weisz, Rachel as [Hypatia] <1>

Genres

  1. Adventure
  2. Drama
  3. History
  4. Romance

Full Plot

Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the great institutions of learning and governance may not survive. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. The Christians enforce public morality; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and the brotherhood of all. What place is there for her? Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 229,250 (France) (19 January 2010) BT: USD 70,000,000 CP: Copyright 2009 Mod Producciones, Himenptero, Telecinco Cinema GR: USD 617,840 (USA) (17 October 2010) GR: USD 615,603 (USA) (10 October 2010) GR: USD 611,747 (USA) (4 October 2010) GR: USD 605,291 (USA) (26 September 2010) GR: USD 599,903 (USA) (19 September 2010) GR: USD 577,823 (USA) (5 September 2010) GR: USD 555,852 (USA) (29 August 2010) GR: USD 527,258 (USA) (22 August 2010) GR: USD 486,650 (USA) (15 August 2010) GR: USD 432,679 (USA) (8 August 2010) GR: USD 359,410 (USA) (1 August 2010) GR: USD 274,641 (USA) (25 July 2010) GR: USD 219,679 (USA) (18 July 2010) GR: USD 213,202 (USA) (11 July 2010) GR: USD 206,893 (USA) (4 July 2010) GR: USD 194,308 (USA) (27 June 2010) GR: USD 171,238 (USA) (20 June 2010) GR: USD 137,735 (USA) (13 June 2010) GR: USD 95,390 (USA) (6 June 2010) GR: USD 44,313 (USA) (30 May 2010) GR: USD 38,422,082 (Worldwide) (2010) GR: EUR 2,296,674 (Italy) (30 May 2010) GR: EUR 2,257,327 (Italy) (23 May 2010) GR: EUR 2,171,665 (Italy) (16 May 2010) GR: EUR 1,426,294 (Italy) (2 May 2010) GR: EUR 656,047 (Italy) (25 April 2010) GR: USD 528,700 (Portugal) (31 January 2010) GR: USD 30,401,564 (Spain) (31 January 2010) GR: USD 30,338,802 (Spain) (17 January 2010) GR: EUR 21,343,409 (Spain) (December 2009) OW: USD 44,313 (USA) (30 May 2010) (2 screens) OW: USD 7,907,189 (Spain) (9 October 2009) (472 screens) SD: 17 March 2008 - 27 June 2008 WG: USD 781 (USA) (17 October 2010) (1 screen) WG: USD 1,261 (USA) (10 October 2010) (1 screen) WG: USD 2,951 (USA) (4 October 2010) (2 screens) WG: USD 1,881 (USA) (26 September 2010) (2 screens) WG: USD 6,088 (USA) (19 September 2010) (4 screens) WG: USD 16,063 (USA) (5 September 2010) (6 screens) WG: USD 6,363 (USA) (29 August 2010) (9 screens) WG: USD 24,368 (USA) (22 August 2010) (11 screens) WG: USD 33,695 (USA) (15 August 2010) (13 screens) WG: USD 44,035 (USA) (8 August 2010) (13 screens) WG: USD 61,739 (USA) (1 August 2010) (17 screens) WG: USD 53,175 (USA) (25 July 2010) (13 screens) WG: USD 4,484 (USA) (18 July 2010) (1 screen) WG: USD 3,944 (USA) (11 July 2010) (1 screen) WG: USD 8,160 (USA) (4 July 2010) (2 screens) WG: USD 12,565 (USA) (27 June 2010) (3 screens) WG: USD 20,704 (USA) (20 June 2010) (5 screens) WG: USD 24,652 (USA) (13 June 2010) (5 screens) WG: USD 41,326 (USA) (6 June 2010) (4 screens) WG: USD 44,313 (USA) (30 May 2010) (2 screens)

Movie Certificate

M/12 (Portugal)
U (France)
M18 (Singapore)
IIB (Hong Kong)
11 (Sweden)
T (Italy)
16 (Netherlands)
14A (Canada)(British Columbia)
G (Canada)(Quebec)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
R (USA)(certificate #46364)
MA (Australia)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
G (Japan)
13 (Argentina)
13 (Spain)
TE (Chile)
K-15 (Finland)

Music Composers

  1. Marianelli, Dario

Cinematographers

  1. Giménez, Xavi (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Pescucci, Gabriella

Distributors

Benelux Film Distributors [nl] - (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Castello Lopes Multimédia [pt] - (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
CatchPlay [tw] - (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
Distribution Company [ar] - (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Empire [ro] - (2010) (Romania) (DVD)
FS Film [fi] - (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Film1 [nl] - (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
Flashstar [br] - (2011) (Brazil) (DVD)
GAGA [jp] - (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
IPA Asia Pacific [us] - (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
Lionsgate [us]
Mars Distribution [fr] - (2010) (France) (all media)
Mikado Film [it] - (2010) (Italy) (theatrical)
Miramax [it] - (2010) (India) (theatrical)
Newmarket Films [us] - (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
Odeon [gr] - (2009) (Greece) (all media)
Paradise Group [ru] - (2009) (Russia) (all media)
Paramount Pictures [au] - (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
Paramount Pictures [gb] - (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
Prorom Media-Trade [de] - (2010) (Romania) (all media)
Shaw Organisation [sg] - (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Svensk Filmindustri (SF) [se] - (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation [us] - (2009) (Spain) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures [de] - (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
Video Film Express [nl] - (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Video Film Express [nl] - (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

Film Editors

  1. Ruiz Capillas, Nacho

Misc

  1. Agius, Pierre (assistant location manager)
  2. Alfaro, Pablo (general administration)
  3. Altores, Ester (accountant)
  4. Anastasi, Rebecca (production coordinator)
  5. Balzan, Cora (production secretary)
  6. Borg, Isaac (marine coordinator)
  7. Buhagiar, James (horse wrangler)
  8. Burstein, Michel (press attache: France)
  9. Camilleri, Marieclaire (production assistant)
  10. Camilleri, Mario (medical service)
  11. Camilleri, Marsiella (location assistant)
  12. Camilleri, Matthew (assistant location manager)
  13. Catania, Conrad (hairstylist)
  14. Djebali, Leila (trainee production assistant)
  15. Errazquin, Urko (marketing)
  16. Fenech, Neil Anthony (animal keeper)
  17. Frieze, Sandra (I) (dialogue coach)
  18. Galizia, Louise Caruana (crowd marshall)
  19. Garcia Merino, Rosa (director of communication)
  20. Garcia, Jan (business affairs)
  21. Gatt, Ryan (production assistant)
  22. Gray, Nigel (I) (metal work)
  23. Gregorio, Roberto (III) (head wrangler)
  24. Guillaumier, Martina (historical researcher)
  25. Gómez Fernández, Ángel (horse master)
  26. Hanover, Rena (production assistant)
  27. Herreras, Susana (head of development)
  28. Leonard, Walter (I) (translator)
  29. Martin, Fernando (II) (dog trainer assistant)
  30. Martín, Ruth (III) (production assistant)
  31. Mateos, Laura (production accountant)
  32. Molnar, Libi (assistant: Ms. Weisz)
  33. Moreno, Juan (VI) (production staff)
  34. Moshref, Ali (financial controller)
  35. Norton, Trilby (production coordinator)
  36. Nunn, Chris (III) (rushes runner) (as Chris Nunn)
  37. O'Sullivan, Lita (location accountant)
  38. Olivares, David (I) (production coordinator)
  39. Ordonez, James (executive in charge of financing: Tayrona entertainment group)
  40. Palazon, Maria (assistant production coordinator)
  41. Perez, Saray (assistant accountant)
  42. Pollard, Justin (historical advisor)
  43. Price, Joanna (assistant accountant)
  44. Sammut, Nikovich (horse wrangler coordinator)
  45. Sansone, Mark (location manager)
  46. Schembri, Thomas (crowd marshall)
  47. Soriano, Carmen (I) (script supervisor)
  48. Spero, Josh (Greek adviser)
  49. Tamayo Fernández, José (production assistant)
  50. Valor, Antonio (II) (dog trainer)
  51. Verdugo Pastor, Marta (production assistant)
  52. Walters, Rik (financing consultant) (uncredited)
  53. Zanetti, Erika (helicopter pilot)
  54. Zarzana, Rocío (location sets)

Quotes

Hypatia: Synesius, you don't question what you believe, or cannot. I must. Hypatia: [Looks up at night sky] If I could just unravel this just a little bit more, and just get a little closer to the answer, then... Then I would go to my grave a happy woman. Heladius Dignitary: The majority of us here... have accepted Christ. Why not the rest of you? It's only a matter of time and you know it. Hypatia: Really? It is just a matter of time?... As far as I am aware, your God has not yet proved himself to be more just or more merciful than his predecessors. Is it really just a matter of time before I accept your faith? Heladius Dignitary: Why should this assembly accept the council of someone who admittedly believes in absolutely nothing? Hypatia: I believe in philosophy. Hypatia: Ever since Plato, all of them - Aristarchus, Hipparchus, Ptolemy - they have all, all, all tried to reconcile their observations with circular orbits. But what if another shape is hiding in the heavens? Davus: Another shape? Lady, there is no shape more pure than the circle; you taught us that. Hypatia: I know, I know, but suppose - just suppose! - the purity of the circle has blinded us from seeing anything beyond it! I must begin all over with new eyes. I must rethink everything!... What if we dared to look at the world just as it is. Let us shed for a moment every preconceived idea - what shape would it show us?

Other Titles

  1. Agora (2009) (ENG)
    (Italy)

  2. Agora - Die Säulen des Himmels (2010) (ENG)
    (Germany)

  3. Mists of Time (2009) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (working title)

  4. Ágora (2009) (ENG)
    (Spain)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Delimara, Malta
  2. Fort Ricasoli, Kalkara, Malta
  3. Marsaxlokk, Malta
  4. Mdina, Malta
  5. Valletta, Malta

Trivia

- 'Alejandro Amenábar' (qv) wrote the script with 'Rachel Weisz' (qv) in mind to play Hypatia, the lead character.

- The set was built on the exact same spot (Fort Ricasoli, Malta) where the Coliseum was built for _Gladiator (2000)_ (qv). The fort was also used for _Julius Caesar (2002) (TV)_ (qv), _Helen of Troy (2003) (TV)_ (qv) and _Troy (2004)_ (qv).

- There were days when shooting had to delay for a few seconds. This was because of the nearby churches of Kalkara, Vittoriosa amongst others which have their bells obviously ringing at mid-noon. These bells have been in use for decades. The bells could be heard from the sets of Ricasoli.

- Originally, 'Alejandro Amenábar' (qv) wanted 'Rachel Weisz' (qv), 'Sacha Baron Cohen' (qv) and 'Jonathan Rhys Meyers' (qv) to appear in the film. After reading the screenplay, Weisz did accept the part of Hypatia, however, Baron Cohen turned it down declaring that it was "too prickly, and it would lift sores".

- The visual effects team designed the night skies accurately for the time period of the movie using a star chart software.

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