The Reckoning is a 2003 murder-mystery film starring Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany. The film, which is set during the medieval period in England, was directed by Paul McGuigan. Its screenplay was written by Mark Mills and based on the 1995 novel, Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. Filming was done on location in Spain, Wales and England.
The film alludes to the evolution of the theatre arts from what was strictly Biblical morality plays in the period to dramas based on real or non-Biblical fictional subjects.
In 1380, England, a priest (Bettany) called Nicholas leaves his village after being caught in flagrante delicto with a married woman. After hiding in the woods, he is found by a travelling acting troupe that at first thinks he is a robber. Reluctantly, they allow him to join their group to replace one of their members who has just died.
They are forced to travel to new lands after a collapsed bridge stops them taking their normal route. Eventually, the troupe reach a strange town...