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When the marriage between AMOS and MARY MAGDALENE turns out to be childless, he casts her out and gets a divorce... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Maria Maddalena
Massimo Ghini ... Vitellio
Giuliana de Sio ... Erodiade

Gottfried John ... Erode Antipa
Nathalie Caldonazzo ... Susanna (as Nathaly Caldonazzo)

Roberta Armani ... Giovanna

Benjamin Sadler ... Giovanni il Battista

Thure Riefenstein ... Silvano

Ambra Angiolini ... Salomè

Vittorio Amandola ... Simone il fariseo

Danny Quinn ... Gesù
Imanol Arias ... Amos
Ichrak Berraoui
Ismail Ben Ibrahim (as Ismail Ben Brahim)
Alain Aswani
Abdelghafar Essalfi
Hicham Bahloul
Abdelahk Lazali (as Abdelmak Lazali)
Hanane Zouhdi
Jasmine Elhar (as Yasmine El Hafi)
Mohamed Attik
Mohamed Bacha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Jittou ... Donna nel bordelo

Directed by
Raffaele Mertes 
Elisabetta Marchetti (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gareth Jones 
Gianmario Pagano  story

Produced by
Loretta Bernabei .... line producer
Luca Bernabei .... producer
Original Music by
Marco Frisina 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Galasso 
Film Editing by
Elisabetta Marchetti 
Casting by
Fabiola Banzi 
Loredana Russo 
Cornelia von Braun 
Production Design by
Paolo Biagetti 
Art Direction by
Elisabetta Marchetti (art direction)
Set Decoration by
Titus Vossberg 
Costume Design by
Stefano De Nardis 
Paolo Scalabrino 
Maurizio Toro 
Makeup Department
Nezha Aouis .... makeup artist
Zineb Bendoula .... hair stylist
Claudia Bianchi .... hair stylist
Laura Borselli .... makeup artist (as Laura Borzelli)
Amina Ben Cherki .... hair stylist (as Amina Bencherki)
Polyanna Earnsh .... makeup artist
Gianbattista Graziano .... makeup artist (as Gianni Graziano)
Elda Magnanti .... hair stylist
Mario Michisanti .... key makeup artist
Angelo Vannella .... hair stylist
Production Management
Franco Casellato .... post-production supervisor
Tham Hajjaj .... production manager
Elisabetta Moretti .... production manager
Andrea Nuzzolo .... production manager
Driss Saber .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mohamed Benson .... assistant director
Rachel Griffiths .... first assistant director
Hicham Ichaab .... assistant director
Elisabetta Marchetti .... first assistant director
Sara Rossi .... second assistant director
Mustapha Toumi .... assistant director
Art Department
Lhoussaine Abouhbette .... painter
Fabio Carussi .... carpenter
Said Chouhad .... carpenter
Giuseppe De Luca .... prop master
Brahim Ait El Kadi .... painter
Hind Hanif .... construction coordinator
Barnaba Pagliarini .... upholsterer
Sound Department
Pat Boxshall .... sound editor
Alessandro Checcacci .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Clive A. Mitchison .... sound recordist (as Clive Mitchinson)
Giuseppe Muratori .... sound recordist
Pablo Muratori .... boom operator
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Marco Streccioni .... sound re-recordist
Bruno Ventura .... dialogue editor (as Bruno Angelo Ventura)
Bruno Ventura .... sound editor
Laura Vergelli .... adr supervisor
Special Effects by
Mohamed Aitoum .... special effects
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects
Gino De Rossi .... special effects
Ismail El Ghiachi .... special effects
Benamara Azeddine .... stunt performer
Younes Afroukh .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ahmed Almrani .... grip
Najib Ben Fares .... electrician
Paolo Bovi .... grip
Abdellatif Elansa .... clapper loader
Stanislao Galasso .... gaffer
Marco Garzia .... still photographer
Abdeulah Laghris .... electrician
Massimo Lupi .... camera operator
Alessandro Martella .... assistant camera
David Massaro .... clapper loader
Giancarlo Moresc .... key grip
Marco Porto .... electrician
Ahmed Satarad .... grip
Casting Department
Hamid Ait Timaghrit .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Romano Amidei .... costumer
Alana El Kouasma .... costumer
Abdallah El Mabro .... costumer
Laura Giustini .... dress maker
Ali Lammari .... set costumer
Giulia Orsacchiotto .... dress maker
Maurizio Torti .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Giancarlo Barberi .... color timer
Sandro Bonanni .... on-line editor
Stephen Corelli .... post-production assistant
Mauro Lozzi .... colorist
Loredana Maccioc .... post-production assistant
Rosario Ranieri .... post-production assistant
Michele Sblendorio .... assistant editor (as Michele Selendor)
Music Department
Fausto Anzelmo .... musician: viola solo
Atanass Atanassov .... musician: piano solo
Elena Ciukova .... orchestra coordinator
Marco Frisina .... conductor
Gigi Marra .... music editor
Transportation Department
Hamid Aboumalek .... driver
Giancarlo Lanzeri .... driver
Tahar Mejoui .... driver
Abdelaziz Naciri .... driver
Hicham Regragui .... transportation coordinator (as Hicham Regragui)
Other crew
Saadia Aalami .... production office secretary
Ahmed Achouba .... cashier
Emmanuel Bonfige .... assistant story editor
Emmanuel Bonfiglioli .... assistant story editor
Francessa Deodat .... production secretary
Zouhar El Fassi .... production accountant
Francesca Greco .... production assistant: Roche
Hakima Hammoudi .... nurse
Fernando Muraca .... representative: Lux Video
Fernando Muraca .... story editor
Carla Maria Perrina .... payroll clerk
Mohammed Hamza Regragui .... production assistant: morocco
Paola Sangiovanni .... script supervisor
Paolo Sansone .... catering chef
Maurizio Saraceni .... production auditor
Mark Thompson-Ashworth .... dialogue coach: Massimo Ghini
Laura Vergelli .... dialogue adaptor
Ferdinand Dohna .... representative: Epsilon TV Production (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Gli amici di Gesù - Maria Maddalena" - Italy (original title)
"Close to Jesus" - USA (video box title)
"The Friends of Jesus: Mary Magdalene" - USA
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully filmed and "Biblically" interesting...., 5 March 2004
Author: John Nickolaus ( from Maplewood, MN

There are exactly 12 lines in the Bible that mention Mary Magdalene by name. She is said to have had 7 demons cast out of her by Jesus and to have helped fund His ministry. She was also present at the Crucifixion, along with Mary the Mother, and the first apostle Jesus appeared to after His Resurrection. She was asked by Jesus to take a message to the rest of His followers. That's it. That's the extent of what we "officially" know about Mary from Magdala.

Pope Gregory preached a sermon in the late 6th century that merged Mary Magdalene with two other biblical characters: an unnamed "sinful woman" in the gospel of Luke who anoints Jesus' feet with perfume poured from an alabaster jar and dries them with her hair, and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Jesus' friend Lazarus whom he raised from the dead. So common misbelief is that Mary was a repentant prostitute, when in reality she was most likely Jesus' closest apostle.

Raffaele Mertes' 1999/2000 film takes Mary's 12 lines in the Bible and elaborates on them to create a very beautiful, if not historically interesting story. Like with most Bible based films, artistic liberties need to be taken to create a full length movie. "Maria Maddalena" is no exception.

Former Bond girl Maria Grazia Cucinotta makes a wonderful Mary Magdalene, not just physically, but her acting as well. The character she is given to work with is a very angry, revenge hungry woman, set out to avenge her divorce and brutal rape at the hands of Roman guards. Cucinotta's Mary just wants to be loved. She has been betrayed by men and her anger is really the result of hurt. She does an amazing job showing the audience her plea for love using her very expressive eyes. On a personal note, Cucinotta has become my favorite Magdalene in the movies.

The interesting twist to this film, is Mary's connection with Herodias and John the Baptist. No Biblical or historical source has ever linked Mary to the other two, but in film form, it makes for a very beautiful story.

Benjamin Sadler's John the Baptist has now become my favorite interpretation of the character on film. He is the "wild man" we tent to associate with him, without going over the top. He is also VERY compassionate, asking Mary questions of her, not for his knowledge, but for her. He has a kindness in his face and demeanor that I have never seen in the Baptist before. It made knowing the outcome of his fate all the harder.

While I don't recommend using this film as the sole basis for your beliefs about Mary Magdalene, it is in no was a waste of time. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The version I saw, as part of the "Close to Jesus" DVD set, Was partially filmed in English, but dubbed throughout. I'm NOT a fan of dubbing, but it didn't bother me in this film.

Incidentally, "Maria Maddalena" is part of a Biblical trilogy, also containing "Giuda" (Judas) and "Tommaso" (Thomas). The brilliant thing about these three films, is that the same actors play the same roles in all three films, each told from a different point of view. All three movies al available on DVD here in the USA, in the "Close to Jesus" 4 disc set, the 4th film being "Giuseppe di Nazareth" (Joseph of Nazareth), and earlier work by director Raffaele Mertes.

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