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Saturday Blockbuster: The Da Vinci Code

Saturday July 11 at 8.30pm

The Da Vinci Code

Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou, Sir Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany 

Director: Ron Howard

Tom Hanks - sporting a streamlined mullet - stars in Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) discovers the curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum.

The police have found a baffling cipher near the body. Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion.

In a breathless race through Europe, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei - a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic organisation believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory's secret.

Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's secret - and a stunning historical truth - will be lost forever.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks acknowledges the challenges in adapting such a successful book for the big screen. 

"You have to give every reader what they're expecting, because, quite frankly, the book is really good," says Hanks. "You could change it, make it different, but you'd better be sure you're also making it better."

The filmmakers frequently conferred with Brown during the writing of the adaptation. Director Ron Howard says, "Dan made himself accessible in the most understanding, collaborative kind of way, in terms of his acceptance of the fact that, of course, the screenplay was not going to be a verbatim version of the novel."