The Order (2001 film)

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This article is about the 2001 film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. For the 2003 film starring Heath Ledger, see The Order (2003 film).
The Order
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The Order DVD cover
Directed by Sheldon Lettich
Produced by Avi Lerner
Written by Jean-Claude Van Damme
Les Weldon
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
Charlton Heston
Sofia Milos
Brian Thompson
Vernon Dobtcheff
Music by Pino Donaggio
Cinematography David Gurfinkel
Edited by Donn Aron
Alain Jakubowicz
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13) (Germany)
  • March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12) (United States)
Running time 89 min
Country Aruba
USA
Language Syriac
Aramaic
English
Arabic
French
Hebrew
Ukrainian
Budget $12 million

The Order is a 2001 American action film directed by Sheldon Lettich, and written by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who also starred in the film. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on March 12, 2002.

Plot[edit]

The film opens in 1099 at the end of the First Crusade, depicting Christian Crusaders sacking Jerusalem and slaughtering the local population. One of the Christian knights, Charles Le Vaillant (Jean-Claude Van Damme), becomes demoralized by the horrors of war, and decides to create a new religious order. This new order brings together members from the three main religions of the region: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. As a self-imposed leader and messiah, Charles writes the sacred texts of the Order, and is subsequently accused of heresy by the Christian church and attacked his stronghold,killing Le Vaillant. During the attack, the last chapter from their religious text becomes lost in the desert after he buried in a secret place.

In modern-day Israel, a devout contingent of Le Vaillant's followers continues to practice his peaceful teachings; however, one of the disciples, Cyrus (Brian Thompson) holds a distorted view of the Order's ways.Cyrus ordered a priest killed by using a car bomb,to his delight. Meanwhile, Rudy Cafmeyer (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a thief and smuggler of valuable historical artifacts, breaks into a high-security building and steals a precious Fabergé egg. He triggers an alarm in the process and is forced to fight his way out of the building.

It is revealed that Rudy works for his father, archaeologist and museum curator Oscar "Ozzie" Cafmeyer (Vernon Dobtcheff), and that the Fabergé egg was stolen from the personal collection of a powerful Russian mafia boss. Ozzie discovers the lost manuscripts of the Order, lost ever since the Crusades, and reads their accounts of interfaith harmony. The manuscripts also contain an ancient map of Jerusalem, which depicts the location of a mythical Jewish treasure. Ozzie travels to Israel, where Cyrus has him kidnapped.

Rudy, having heard the abduction take place while talking to Ozzie on the phone, travels to Jerusalem to rescue him. Ozzie's associate, Professor Walt Finley (Charlton Heston), gives Rudy the key to a safe-deposit box in East Jerusalem before being gunned down by unknown assailants. Israeli Police Chief Ben Ner (Ben Cross) views Rudy's arrival with hostility and takes steps to have Rudy deported, but police lieutenant Dalia Barr (Sofia Milos) risks her career to help Rudy, subsequently revealing that she was once a disciple of the Order, but she left when she was 18.

Meanwhile, Cyrus assassinates the Order's leader, Pierre Gaudet, and steps up his inflammatory rhetoric, hoping to inflame his followers. Rudy opens the safe-deposit box and finds a map that shows a series of tunnels and a treasure room beneath Jerusalem. Ben Ner, who has partnered with Cyrus, just covets the gold that the underground tunnels lead to, but Cyrus hopes to plant a bomb during Ramadan that will turn the Israelis against the Palestinians. At the film's climax, Dalia and Rudy must infiltrate the Order's monastery, free Ozzie,kill Ben Ner by pushing him on a hole with the nuke and prevent an explosion that will push tensions in the Holy Land past the point of no return.In the ensuing explosion,Jews worships on the Wailing Wall,heard the explosion,but ignored it and continued worshiping.

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Box office[edit]

In Spain the movie was seen by well over 100,000 people with total gross at almost 600,000 euros. In Mexico the movie did just as well grossing over $560,000. Though not issued in cinemas in the United States the movie did well on rentals, netting over $18 million [1]. The Order was also issued on Video and DVD in the United Kingdom and Germany.

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