Da Vinci Code

Da Vinci Code

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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen


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Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is found dead on theSee more details below


Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is found dead on the grounds, with strange symbols carved into his body and left around the spot where he died. Hoping to learn the significance of the symbols, police bring in Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), a gifted cryptographer who is also the victim's granddaughter. Needing help, Sophie calls on Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a leading symbologist from the United States. As Sophie and Robert dig deeper into the case, they discover the victim's involvement in the Priory of Sion, a secret society whose members have been privy to forbidden knowledge dating back to the birth of Christianity. In their search, Sophie and Robert happen upon evidence that could lead to the final resting place of the Holy Grail, while members of the priory and an underground Catholic society known as Opus Dei give chase, determined to prevent them from sharing their greatest secrets with the world. Also starring Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, and Alfred Molina, The Da Vinci Code was shot on location in France and the United Kingdom; the Louvre allowed the producers to film at the famous museum, but scenes taking place at Westminster Abbey had to filmed elsewhere when church officials declined permission.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Considering how impossibly high expectations were for the film version of Dan Brown’s wildly popular novel, director Ron Howard should be commended for pulling off as sturdy a job as he did. The serpentine plot of Brown’s metaphysical mystery could itself thwart a small army of directors and screenwriters. Dr. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), an American scholar specializing in religious symbolism, is summoned to the Louvre one night, ostensibly to help French police captain Bezu Fache (Jean Reno) investigate the murder of another researcher. But when Langdon himself falls under suspicion, he enlists the aid of government agent Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) and British researcher Sir Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen) to help solve the mystery -- which, with pertinent clues hidden in paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, involves a 2,000-year-old secret of great significance to all humanity. Downplaying the book’s most melodramatic and sensationalistic aspects, Howard still has plenty of gothic plotting to deal with. But the film maintains enough momentum to whisk momentarily befuddled viewers past assorted absurdities and gaps in logic. If you let yourself get caught up in the thrill of it all, without searching for any underlying spiritual gravity,The Da Vinci Code offers smashing entertainment.
All Movie Guide
A book that should have been a movie in the first place, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code was the best seller of the decade when a film adaptation hit screens in 2006. The premise, whether or not you've read the book, sounds like the recipe for a guaranteed great suspense thriller: large-scale cover-ups, precious artifacts, an albino monk from a Catholic sect who self flagellates, and Tom Hanks donning the strangest haircut of his career. Where could they go wrong? In quite a few places, apparently, but The Da Vinci Code is still an enjoyable movie. When the pace gets going and the intrigue builds up, the film flies on its own momentum...and we'd expect nothing less from Ron Howard. Unfortunately, the screenplay was adapted by Akiva Goldsman who was responsible for such ugly book-to-screen transitions as I, Robot and Practical Magic. Goldsman succumbs to the most common screenwriter's pitfall in adapting a book, by including extraneous information, alternate timelines, and far-abreast side stories with no time to make them into something entertaining or useful to the audience. Unless he was operating from the assumption that every viewer of the film had read the book, the chintzy-looking fuzzy-screen flashbacks don't provide useful backstory but instead just muck up the pace and weaken the film's focus. A more dramatic and sweeping take on the thrill-ride would have tightened up all of these problems: a musical or visual refrain used whenever the heroic cryptologists examine a new riddle, or even a stronger concentration on the cabalist mazes would have lent the movie the excitement and captivation its premise deserved. As it stands, The Da Vinci Code is a good movie whose only tragedy is that it could have been great.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

2-disc special edition DVD:; Widescreen DVD loaded with over 90 minutes of special features including: "A Conversation With Dan Brown" featurette; "Magical Places" - an inside look at the filming locations; "A Portrait of Langdon - How Tom Hanks became Robert Langdon"; "The Codes of The Da Vinci Code," uncovering the hidden symbols in the film; search for hidden messages on the DVD packaging to lead you to exclusive online content; an authentic working replica of the Cryptex featured in The Da Vinci Code -- after unlocking the Cryptex, learn how to customize your own secret code!; Robert Langdon's Journal, a full-size movie prop reproduction of Robert Langdon's journal, containing notes, symbols. and codes used to decipher the truth of The Da Vinci Code

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Robert Langdon
Audrey Tautou Sophie Neveu
Ian McKellen Sir Leigh Teabing
Alfred Molina Bishop Aringarosa
Jürgen Prochnow Vernet
Paul Bettany Silas
Jean Reno Captain Bezu Fache
Jean-Yves Berteloot Remy Jean
Etienne Chicot Lieutenant Collet
Jean-Pierre Marielle Jacques Sauniere
Marie-Francoise Audollent Sister Sandrine
Rita Davies Elegant Woman at Rosslyn
Francesco Carnelutti Prefect
Seth Gabel Michael
Fausto Maria Sciarappa Youngest Church Official
Denis Podalydès Controller
Harry Taylor British Police Captain
Clive Carter Biggin Hill Police Captain
Garance Mazureck Sophie at 13 Years
Daisy Doidge-Hill Sophie at 8 Years
Lilli-Ella Kelleher Sophie at 3 Years
Crisian Emanuel Sophie's Mother
Charlotte Graham Mary Magdalene
Xavier De Guillebon Junkie
Tonio Descanvelle Bank Guard
David Bark-Jones Hawker Pilot
Serretta Wilson American Woman
Eglantine Rembauville Student
Dan Tondowski Student
Aewia Huillet Student
Roland John-Leopoldie Student
David Saracino DCPJ Agent
Lionel Guy-Bremond Officer Ledoux
Yves Aubert Louvre Computer Cop
Rachael Black Policewoman
Dez Drummond London Police
Mark Roper London Policeman
Brock Little American Embassy Cop
Matthew Butler Westminster Cop
Roland Menou DCPJ Technician
Tina Maskell Silas' Mother
Peter Pedrero Silas' Father
Sam Mancuso Pope
André Lillis Pope
Mario Vernazza Young Constantine
Agathe Natanson Ritual Priestess
Daz Parker Peasant Mother
Andrew Robb Peasant Father
Tom Barker Peasant Boy
Maggie McEwan Peasant Girl
Michael Bertenshaw Priest
Sarah Wildor Priestess
David Bertrand French Newscaster
Nick Glennie-Smith Conductor
Richard Harvey Conductor
Dee Lewis Singer
Hila Pitmann Singer

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Breckman Production Manager
Dan Brown Executive Producer
John Calley Producer
Allan Cameron Production Designer
William M. Connor Asst. Director
Jean-Michel Ducourty Art Director
David Ford Special Effects Supervisor
Candide Franklyn Camera Operator
Akiva Goldsman Screenwriter
Paul Gooch Makeup
Brian Grazer Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
Daniel Hanley Editor
Frances Hannon Makeup
Karen King Consultant/advisor
Giles Masters Art Director
Richard McBrien Consultant/advisor
Kathleen McGill Associate Producer
Kevin O'Connell Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Pagan Sound/Sound Designer
Belinda Parrish Makeup
Louisa Velis Associate Producer
Norma Webb Makeup
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Da Vinci Code
1. Start [6:33]
2. Silas Repents [6:22]
3. A Body in the Louvre [4:26]
4. Find Robert Langdon [7:19]
5. Anagrams [4:16]
6. "Here You May Come, But No Further." [11:03]
7. Aringarosa Convenes the Council [1:41]
8. Unlocking the Vault [6:40]
9. Precious Cargo [7:12]
10. Seeking Sanctuary [4:09]
11. The Establishment of Divinity [4:59]
12. The Grail Revealed [8:21]
13. Examining the Keystone [6:23]
14. The Escape [5:04]
15. Sub Rosa [1:08]
16. Welcome to England [3:45]
17. Incident in Temple Church [7:01]
18. A Pope Interred [5:14]
19. Betrayals Unveiled [6:17]
20. Breaking the Cryptex [3:43]
21. The Tomb of the Grail [8:20]
22. Royal Blood [5:56]
23. Questions of Faith [5:25]
24. The Knight Kneels [11:42]

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