The Da Vinci Code

May 19th, 2006

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The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci CodeStill of Ron Howard in The Da Vinci CodeDan Brown at event of The Da Vinci CodeStill of Paul Bettany in The Da Vinci CodeStill of Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou in The Da Vinci CodeStill of Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou in The Da Vinci Code

A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.4/10 (155,847 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Ron Howard

Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno

Symbologist Robert Langdon is thrown into a mysterious and bizarre murder. Alongside Langdon is the victims granddaughter and cryptologist Sophie Neveu, who with Robert discovers clues within Da Vinci's paintings. To further find the truth, Robert and Sophie travel from Paris to London, whilst crossing paths with allies and villains such as Sir Leigh Teabing and Silas. Wherever their path takes them, their discovery which is about to be revealed could shake the foundations of mankind.

Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Dan Brown

Tom Hanks - Robert Langdon
Audrey Tautou - Sophie Neveu
Ian McKellen - Sir Leigh Teabing
Jean Reno - Captain Bezu Fache
Paul Bettany - Silas
Alfred Molina - Bishop Manuel Aringarosa
Jürgen Prochnow - Andre Vernet
Jean-Yves Berteloot - Remy Jean
Etienne Chicot - Lt. Collet
Jean-Pierre Marielle - Jacques Saunière
Marie-Françoise Audollent - Sister Sandrine
Rita Davies - Elegant Woman at Rosslyn
Francesco Carnelutti - Prefect
Seth Gabel - Michael
Shane Zaza - Youth on Bus

Taglines: Uncover The Secret


Official Website: Falcon and Columbia Pictures [Czech Republic] | Official site [Russia] |

Release Date: 19 May 2006

Filming Locations: Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $77,073,388 (USA) (21 May 2006) (3735 Screens)

Gross: $758,239,851 (Worldwide) (25 November 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (extended cut)

Did You Know?

Director Ron Howard's wife Cheryl Howard can be glimpsed (4m:15s) as an audience member (center frame/red shoulder-length hair) attending Professor Robert Langdon's (Tom Hanks) lecture on Religious Symbology. Seconds later (most noticeably 5m:40s) she can be seen clutching her copy of Langdon's autographed opus at his book-signing desk, and asking for him to sign his last book.

Continuity: When Langdon is shaving, the shaving cream on his face changes in each of the various shots.

[first lines]
Silas: Stop now. Tell me where it is.
[removes hood]
Silas: You and your brethren possess what is not rightfully yours.
Jacques Saunière: I don't know what you are talking about.
Silas: Is it a secret you will die for?
Jacques Saunière: Please...
Silas: As you wish.
[cocks gun]

User Review

Great Movie... For Intelligent, Unbiased People

Rating: 10/10

First off, I'd just like to say that this movie is based on a fictional story. FICTION. Why people need to express hatred over this because of their religious beliefs is so mind-boggling. No one is saying that Christianity is wrong, and that this story is right. The book is classified as FICTION, not THEOLOGY! I should also note that my extremely religious Christian friends don't find this movie at all "disturbing" or "wrong". The fact is that if you believe in something, nothing -- including a movie, or story -- should be able to deter you from that belief. If you feel threatened by this movie or any other story like this, you have serious problems regarding the foundations in which you believe.

Now, to the review... I'm not here to give you any spoilers or story info, since that's all been done in the other reviews.

I have never read the book. I went to see the movie with my boyfriend, who read the book recently, and some friends (one of whom has read the book at least twice, and is so into the story that he has researched the symbols and meanings thoroughly and participates in Da Vinci Code games, forums, etc). So we actually had at least 3 differing perspectives here.

I really loved the film. Having no story to compare it to, I didn't feel like I had to have read the book to understand the story. Nothing felt missing or incomplete. I came out of the theater ready to add this list to my favorites, and wanting to read the book to compare it to the movie.

My boyfriend also thought the film was great. He said they did a great job adapting the book to film, and although not everything was there, they did the best that they could with the time they had, and he was impressed.

My friend was so excited throughout the movie, he kept wanting to talk to us about it. He pointed out some things from the book that weren't there as well, but he understood it couldn't all be there. He also said that watching the film put a new perspective for him on the movie, since he imagined things looking and feeling different in his head. Seeing the movie allowed him to look at it differently, which made it exciting all over again.

So, in summary, this seems to be a great movie no matter how deep you are into the Da Vinci Code. I normally wait for movies to go on DVD to rent, but this is one that I'd recommend you see in the theater... the atmosphere makes it more fun and also you can talk about this with others after seeing it, instead of catching up to everyone later and possibly getting spoilers before you watch. Again, I highly recommend this movie! A+

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