Season of the Witch

January 7th, 2011

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Season of the Witch

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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.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.3/10 (37,836 voted)

Critic's Score: 28/100

Director: Dominic Sena

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy

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.

Nicolas Cage - Behmen
Ron Perlman - Felson
Stephen Campbell Moore - Debelzaq
Stephen Graham - Hagamar
Ulrich Thomsen - Eckhart
Claire Foy - The Girl
Robert Sheehan - Kay
Christopher Lee - Cardinal D'Ambroise
Rebekah Kennedy - Peasant Turk Girl
Andrew Hefler - Jail Bailiff
Fernanda Dorogi - Old Woman (Givaudon)
Kevin Rees - Dying Monk
Matt Devere - Sergeant in Arms
Róbert Bánlaki - Livery Boy
Barna Illyés - Cardinal's Priest

Taglines: Not all souls can be saved.


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 7 January 2011

Filming Locations: Burg Kreuzenstein, Leobendorf, Lower Austria, Austria

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,612,375 (USA) (9 January 2011) (2816 Screens)

Gross: $24,823,283 (USA) (20 March 2011)

Technical Specs


Errors in geography: When Felson fights the altar boy Kay he states "stand and fight like a man you little jackrabbit". The jackrabbit is indigenous to regions of North America not Europe so a crusader in medieval times would be unaware of them.

[first lines]
Peasant Girl: No! No... please! I beg you. I beg you. I'm not a witch.

User Review

Not as bad as the critics say it is...Cage seems to care

Rating: 7/10

Season of the witch was a far better film than critics and fellow moviegoers led me to believe. The story is about Cage and Pearlman teaming up to take a witch to a castle where she will be put on trial. Chaos and terror ensue as they treck the mountainside and forest. The film depicts the times very well...and most the accents aren't that bad. But the thing i wasn't expecting was to see Cage actually put some effort into his role. Instead of woodenly walking through the film with terrible hair, Cage shows some true emotion and his hair ain't half bad. Cage is hit or miss, sometimes he's good ("Bad Lieutenant"), sometimes he's bad ("The Knowing"). I think Cage gets an A for effort. It's no his best acting but it's an improvement. Pearlman is great as the sidekick/friend and gets most of the good lines. The special effects are kinda lame and the film drags in certain spots, but overall "Season of the witch" is a decent thriller with some cheesy dialouge. This movie isn't bad as everyone makes it out to be. If you have low expectations like I did, you'll probably get a lot more enjoyment out of it.

Oh, and the priest named De Balzak...pretty hysterical name.

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