The Wednesday Play: Season 1, Episode 143

Son of Man (16 Apr. 1969)

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Dennis Potter's controversial reading of the life of Christ, with Jesus portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather... See full summary »

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Colin Blakely ...
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Bernard Hepton ...
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Peter
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Godfrey Quigley ...
Roman Commander
Patricia Lawrence ...
Gawn Grainger ...
Andrew
Wendy Allnutt ...
Ruth
Clive Graham ...
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Robin Chadwick ...
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Godfrey James ...
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Eric Mason ...
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Hugh Futcher ...
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Dennis Potter's controversial reading of the life of Christ, with Jesus portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather than fight all the time, but who is racked by self doubt as to whether or not he is the popularly anticipated Messiah. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Radical Retelling of the Story of Jesus' Death
23 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dennis Potter's stage play was filmed for the BBC in 1969 and its release shocked many. Instead of the detached Christ of earlier (and later) Jesus films, and the bland overly smiley Jesus of later films, Colin Blakely plays Jesus as a passionate, down to earth preacher. Potter's everyday English was groundbreaking then, but still seems much more realistic than more recent attempts to do likewise. It gives Blakely something to work with in making this Jesus come alive, whilst retaining a dangerous edge that is almost universally absent in Jesus films. (The one exception would be Last Temptation of Christ, but there the "danger" is more from mental instability than radical adherence to his beliefs).

There's fine work elsewhere as well. Brian Blessed is a great choice as Peter, and Edward Hardwicke (as Judas), and Robert Hardy (as Pilate) are also excellent, but this belongs to Blakely, who's Sermon on the Mount is as powerful the tenth time as it was the first.


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