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Agora: A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria.

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Ratings: IMDB: 7.2/10 Metascore: 55% RT: 53%
Released: May 17, 2009
Runtime: 127 mins
Genres: Drama Romance Adventure History
Countries: Spain
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Actors: Ashraf Barhom Clint Dyer George Harris Manuel Cauchi Max Minghella Michael Lonsdale Oscar Isaac Oshri Cohen Rachel Weisz Richard Durden Rupert Evans Sami Samir

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Posted by darkwoods 5 years, 8 months ago
+11 | +17 / -6

man I hate those fanatics always destroying our way of life! Too bad this kind of things still exist in our world! What sadness me the burning of the library these people hate knowledge! Alexandria was a great city of human knowledge went up in smokes! Hypatia is the real martyr!

Posted by Sodapop_Curtis 5 years, 10 months ago
+9 | +12 / -3

A beautiful story about a disappointed love and a woman who devotes her life to science, both are shattered by religious and political plots. Although this film is not flawless, the storyline and the main subject (religious fanaticism) will keep you in suspense. Moreover, the set is amazing.

Posted by SteveDenver 4 years, 9 months ago
+7 | +9 / -2

What an amazing film. To think that once-outlawed Christians, as they grew in numbers and their leaders grew in power, became enemies of knowledge and learning, oppressive and intolerant, and finally self-righteous executioners. Interesting to see how anti-Semitism reaches back in time. One character had an amazing line: "Where would you christians be without Jews? Jesus was a Jew!" Indeed. Although this is a really long film, and at times almost unbearably talky, it is a worthwhile watch. Weisz is fearless and amazing in this role.

Posted by sativoid 6 years, 2 months ago
+7 | +13 / -6

Watchable. Good set design and costumes. Sound performances from Rachel Weisz and Oscar Isaac (Orestes). Liberties taken with the historical record, of course, but then the director/screenwriter do seem to have a polemical axe to grind; it's doubtful that Hypatia would have identified herself as an atheist (being a Neoplatonist in all probability), not that the distinction would have mattered to the bloody-minded religious zealots who butchered her. Incidentally, the mercy killing of Hypatia at the hands of her former slave was for dramatic effect alone; contemporary accounts record that she was set upon by a Christian mob and hacked to pieces with shards of broken pottery.

Posted by smokingskullz44 3 years, 11 months ago
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excellent movie!! I really enjoyed seeing the ancients discuss the complexity of our solar system, makes me thankful for the abundance of knowledge we take for granted today.

Posted by Delacourt 4 years, 9 months ago
+5 | +6 / -1

This movie attempts to depict the Greek philosopher Hypatia in Alexandria, the Hellenistic city founded by Alexander the Great in Egypt. Thus we see a decaying Greco-Egyptian city in the last days of the Roman Empire where the worship of the ancient gods of the Greeks, Romans & Egyptians confronts the new Christian belief. A very interesting movie and quite good in parts.

Posted by Gaymar21 6 years, 3 months ago
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All version from 1- 9 don't show the full movie.

Posted by dinafateh 4 years, 6 months ago
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amazing movie , though the end was sad but again do not all true stories had the reality , i really felt pain

Posted by Dee421 4 years, 12 months ago
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LOVED this movie so much, I had to go buy the dvd to check out the special features... was not disappointed. Thanks for posting this and turning me onto a new genre :) 5/5

Posted by rottiman31 5 years, 1 month ago
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Just imagine how much further we would be along if it wasn't for those abrahmic followers. The greatest civilizations on earth were pagan and most of the knowledge was destroyed by invading christians

Posted by torrac 1 year, 10 months ago
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great film, although the life Of Brian popped into my head a couple of times lol. Rachel Weisz was first class as usual 8/10

Posted by eng_sparks 4 years, 2 months ago
+2 | +3 / -1

very sad :( great story

Posted by howardh007 4 years, 6 months ago
+2 | +3 / -1

Excellent story and movie. Might even learn something too! Great cast, acting, costumes & everything. Watch it!

Posted by watermist 4 years, 9 months ago
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Very nice movie 10\10.

Posted by lookingAglass 5 years, 1 month ago
+2 | +5 / -3

religion is the gun, made to enpower others over others, and definitely to kill, no matter the goodness, the good holding the weapon becomes bad... i love this movie... it reminds me of socrates and how he died with his virtues... grew my confident hate towards religion even more, and the concept of oneness still becomes strong... 10/10

Posted by georgiana4u 6 years, 2 months ago
+2 | +5 / -3

Veehd DVD added! enjoy

Posted by jetero 3 months ago
+1 | +1 / -0

The worst thing is that none of the works of Hypatia have survived

Posted by Auxen 1 year, 3 months ago ( Edited 1 year, 3 months ago )
+1 | +1 / -0

This was absolutely beautiful. I didn't think I'd get so much out of it, and I admit at times it was difficult to continue watching but that is what made is so powerful. Incredible work, especially towards the end.

Posted by luciledv 2 years, 2 months ago
+1 | +1 / -0

This movie was SO MUCH BETTER than I expected!! Great historic movie: religious troubles, scientific discoveries, political plots... Loved it, though the ending is really sad

Posted by Natefa 2 years, 9 months ago
+1 | +1 / -0

Very powerful story! Leave you to question your believes... 10/10

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