“The Radicals” tells the dramatic story of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.
“The Radicals” is an edgy but spiritual film that shows people of conviction acting on their beliefs. It is a refreshing movie to watch. The acting is superb, particularly that of Norbert Weisser and Leigh Lombardi, as Michael and Margaretha Sattler, as well as Daniel Perret, as Wilhelm Reublin, and Mark Lenard, as Eberhard Hoffman.
The movie opened with a history of the Roman Catholic Church, which had united Europe for 1,000 years. But Rome’s authority came under attack, from Turkish invaders, the Reformation, and Catholic and Protestant peasants who rebelled against heavy taxes. At the time, a new movement, called the Anabaptists, formed in opposition. They were considered “re-baptizers,” as they baptized adults and believed the baptizing of children, who were not old enough to make a choice for themselves, was a mistake. So many of them who had been baptized as children were now being baptized as grown-ups. This did not sit well with the Catholic Church, particularly with Eberhard Hoffman, a church leader who was determined to squash the rebellion.
Michael Sattler, formerly a monk, realized he could no longer stand idly by while the persecution of the poor took place. Michael was indignant when a printer fell behind in his taxes and was put to death by burning. Now freed from vows of chastity since he was no longer a monk, Michael married the beautiful Margaretha, and they both sought God for guidance. Eventually, Michael became a “voice” for the Anabaptists and faced a real possibility of death. The film contains a few scenes of violence, including some blood, and a man is seen briefly hanging in a cell in the shadows. The filmmakers seem to hold back from allowing the scenes to become gratuitous, but we would still advice parents to check out our content listing so they can make their own informed decisions.
This story is compelling, dramatic, and inspiring, as it shows two people who stand by their convictions, even if it means death. We are pleased to award “The Radicals” our “Faith Friendly” 12+ Seal. This is a quality production, and we encourage you to watch it.