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The Da Vinci Code
Directed byRon Howard
Produced by
Screenplay byAkiva Goldsman
Based onThe Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
Starring
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographySalvatore Totino
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19)
Running time
148 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Budget$125 million
Box office$758.2 million


The Da Vinci Code is a religious 2006 American drama movie. Ron Howard directed the movie.

Plot

Robert Langdon is a professor of religious iconography and symbology from Harvard University. While in Paris, he is the prime suspect in the unusual murder of a Louvre curator.[2] Langdon realized the curator was part of a secret society. Members of the society included Leonardo da Vinci, Victor Hugo, Botticelli, and others

Cast

Controversy

The Da Vinci Code (like the book) was controversial. It received very harsh criticism from the Roman Catholic Church. They didn't like the idea that they were behind a 2,000-year-old cover-up about what the Holy Grail really was. The movie also said that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a daughter.

Censorship

The movie was banned in Egypt because of controversial elements.[3] It was also banned in Lebanon and Jordan[4]

Critical reception

The movie got mixed to negative reviews from the critics. Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie 25%, meaning "Rotten". It also got poor reviews at the Cannes Film Festival[5] Movie critic Leonard Maltin called the movie "a letdown in every respect."

However, reviews were not all bad. Roger Ebert gave the movie three out of four stars. Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper both liked the movie.

The box office

Despite mixed to negative reviews, the movie took in more than $758 million in the box office.[6]

References

  1. "THE DA VINCI CODE (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. May 2, 2006. http://bbfc.co.uk/releases/da-vinci-code-6. 
  2. "The Da Vinci Code Plot". Dan Brown. http://www.danbrown.com/the-davinci-code. 
  3. "Egypt Bans 'The Da Vinci Code'". Middle East Times. http://www.mafhoum.com/press9/280C36.htm. 
  4. "Film Banned in Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan". TribLive. http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/middleeastreports/s_453828.html. 
  5. 'The Da Vinci Code' Misses Mark . NBC Today. Report.
  6. "The Da Vinci Code". The CNN News. https://web.archive.org/web/20060528050906/http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movies/05/20/davinci.opening.ap/index.html. 

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