Tom Hanks Archives
Angels & Demons

Character: Robert Langdon
Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman
Produced by: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, John Calley
Other cast: Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Release date: May 15, 2009
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Running time: 2h 18min

When Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers the resurgence of an ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati, he flies to Rome to warn the Vatican, the Illuminati's most hated enemy. Joining forces with beautiful Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra, Langdon follows a centuries-old trail of ancient symbols in the hope of preventing the Illuminati's deadly plot against the Roman Catholic Church from coming to fruition.

Taglines

• The holiest event of our time. Perfect for their return.
• They Have Come For Their Revenge
• Let Angels Guide You
• Tell The World The Truth

Trivia

♦ Tom Hanks underwent strenuous training for Langdon’s introductory scene in the pool.

Character’s Quotes

• I’m an academic. My mind tells me I will never… understand God.
• Tells me I’m not meant to. Faith is a gift… that I have yet to receive.
• Oh, geez, you guys don’t even read your own history, do you? 1668, the Church kidnapped four Illuminati scientists and branded each one of them on the chest with the symbol of the cross… to purge them of their sins, and they executed them. Threw their bodies out into the street as a warning to others to stop questioning Church ruling on scientific matters. They radicalized them. The Purga created a darker, more violent Illuminati, one bent on… on retribution.
• No, no. This has nothing to do with my work. The Path of Illumination is a hidden trail through Rome itself that leads to the Church of the Illumination, the place where the Illuminati would meet in secret. If I can find the Segno, the sign, that marks the beginning of that path, the four churches along it may be where he intends to murder your Cardinals. One every hour at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00. Then the device explodes… at midnight. If we can figure out the first church and get there before he does, may be we can stop it. But I can’t find the start of the path until I get into the Archives.
• The Illuminati did not become violent until the 17th Century. Their name means “The Enlightened Ones.” They were physicists and mathematicians, astronomers. They were concerned with the Church’s inaccurate teaching and they were dedicated to scientific truth. But the Vatican didn’t like that. So the Church began to… how did you say it? Oh, “Hunt them down and kill them.”