Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Da Vinci Hoax|
Actors: SJ Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Carl E. Olson, Sandra Miesel
Director: Tim Brown
Genres: Drama, Documentary
Explores facts from the novel by Dan Brown and also exposes inaccuracies and falsehoods. Genre: Documentary Rating: NR Release Date: 6-JUN-2006 Media Type: DVD
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