The Radicals

DVD Release: December 12, 1989
The Radicals


“The Radicals” tells the dramatic story of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.

Dove Review

“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.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing between a man and woman; a man is called a "whoremonger" for departing from his vows as a monk and marrying a woman, who then is also called a "whore."
Language: OMG-1; Lord-1; God in Heaven (as in a prayer)-1; Mother of Jesus-1; D-1; D*** (as in the loss of salvation)-2; Bas*ards-2; H (as a Biblical place)-1; H-1; Whoremonger-1; Whore-1
Violence: A wounded man with blood on his body is running; cross is thrown at a man inside a church and it stabs him; church is set on fire and man is hit; people's bodies seen lying on ground; man seen hanging in the shadows, briefly, and what looks like blood on the wall; man is set on fire but we see the flames around him for a second or two; battle scenes in paintings of spears, axes, other weapons; blood on woman's face; buildings on fire; screams are heard when soldiers attack people; man with a little blood on his face; man is about to be burned; mention of a woman who was drowned for her faith.
Drugs: The drinking of wine.
Nudity: Woman tries to breastfeed child, and another woman attempts it to make her happy, but very little skin is shown.
Other: A woman tries to breastfeed her starving child, even though he is dead and her milk is dry; a printer starves himself in order to feed his son; tension and heated arguments over whether or not infants should be baptized; disagreements about heavy taxes and church issues; a woman spits at a man; man accepts money for betraying people.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Raul Carrera
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 99 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter