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A controversial retelling of the Apocalypse See more »
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  (in credits order)

Martin Donovan ... Jesus Christ

PJ Harvey ... Magdalena (as P.J. Harvey)

Dave Simonds ... Dave

Thomas Jay Ryan ... Satan
Miho Nikaido ... Edie

D.J. Mendel ... Lawyer
Katreen Hardt ... Receptionist

James Urbaniak ... True Believer
Anna Köhler ... Hotel Clerk (as Anna Kohler)

Martin Pfefferkorn ... Martyr

Layla Alexander ... Waitress (as Olga Alexandrova)

Michael Ornstein ... Computer Wizard

Paul Albe ... Mormon Thug #1

Don Creech ... Mormon Thug #2

Joseph McKenna ... Man at Airport
Abby Royle ... Woman at Airport
Yo La Tengo ... The Salvation Army Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgia Hubley ... Salvation Army Band (as Yo La Tengo)
Ira Kaplan ... Salvation Army Band (as Yo La Tengo)
James McNew ... Salvation Army Band (as Yo La Tengo)

William S. Burroughs ... Preacher on Radio (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Hartley 
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Hal Hartley (a film by)

Produced by
Simon Arnal .... associate producer (as Simon Arnal Szlovak)
Caroline Benjo .... producer
Jerome Brownstein .... executive producer
Thierry Cagianut .... producer
Pierre Chevalier .... producer
Chelsea Fuhrer .... associate producer
Matthew Myers .... producer
Carole Scotta .... producer
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
Film Editing by
Steve Hamilton 
Art Direction by
Andy Biscontini 
Production Management
Matthew Myers .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Greenberg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gerrit Gillis .... art department
Sound Department
Dave Paterson .... supervising sound editor (as David Paterson)
Jeff Pullman .... sound
Reilly Steele .... re-recording mixer
Editorial Department
Seth Anderson .... assistant editor
Other crew
Dmitry Beryozkin .... intern
Anne-Marie Hess .... production assistant
Susan Leber .... production coordinator
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Harris Smith .... intern
Eric Young .... intern

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63 min
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[about human beings]
Satan:It's amazing the things they do. They're inventing themselves now. Artificial intelligence and cybergenetics and so on.
Jesus Christ:It's impressive, I admit.
Satan:They're cross-fertilizing pears with apples and goats with sheeps, tobacco plants with lightning bugs.
Jesus Christ:Now that's just stupid.
Satan:Well, I agree.
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Born to play Jesus, 8 December 2002
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

Hartley on low-key form: Martin Donovan, born to play Jesus, comes as Messiah to millenial Manhatten; P.J. Harvey is excellent as sidekick Magdelena. A slight film, but drily amusing, short and sweet.

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