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11 April 2001 (Italy) See more »
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Directed by
Raffaele Mertes 
Elisabetta Marchetti (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Franco Bernini 
Gareth Jones 

Produced by
Loretta Bernabei .... line producer
Luca Bernabei .... producer
Ferdinand Dohna .... associate producer
Original Music by
Marco Frisina 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Galasso 
Film Editing by
Elisabetta Marchetti 
Casting by
Cornelia von Braun 
Art Direction by
Elisabetta Marchetti (art direction)
Makeup Department
Mario Michisanti .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stefania Antonini .... unit production manager
Andrea Nuzzolo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rachel Griffiths .... first assistant director
Amine Louadni .... first assistant director
Sara Rossi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Giuseppe De Luca .... prop master
Sound Department
Bruno Ventura .... sound editor
Laura Vergelli .... adr supervisor
Visual Effects by
Massimo Cipollina .... visual effects
Fabrizio Pistone .... digital compositor
Corrado Rizzo .... digital effects supervisor
Gian Luca Rizzo .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianluca Bombardone .... assistant camera
Alessandro Cardelli .... electrician
Stanislao Galasso .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stefano De Nardis .... assistant costume designer
Mustapha Mimis .... set costumer
Hassan Taghriti .... key costumer
Maurizio Torti .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Michele Sblendorio .... assistant editor
Other crew
Emmanuel Bonfiglioli .... assistant story editor
Paola Chicarella .... production accountant
Fernando Muraca .... story editor
Paola Sangiovanni .... script supervisor
Laura Vergelli .... dialogue adaptor

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Also Known As:
"Gli amici di Gesù - Giuda" - Italy (original title)
"Close to Jesus" - USA (DVD box title)
"Judas" - Europe (English title)
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Austria:91 min

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The scourging of Jesus depicted in this movie may be unique in that it shows Jesus being whipped on his chest rather than his back.See more »
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Follows Jeremiah (1998) (TV)See more »


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free interpretation, 5 April 2015
Author: Armand from Romania

it is not a comfortable film for many Christian believers. because it seems be a pledge for Judas gestures. in same measure, like each part of series, it is explanation, not canonical, not very easy to accept, for the decisions, answers to challenges of the lead character. a free interpretation who is not real unfair because it represents an exercise to explain obscure details for a coherent picture. so, the sins of that film is the sin of entire series and only the dark status of Judas does it a controversial film. Enrico Lo Verso is inspired choice for the different Judas. he do not gives the the best explanation to his choice but , like each of the lead actors from series impress for the acting as passionate manner to give life to his character. a free interpretation of Judas role in Jesus mission. not real convincing. but interesting as hypothesis.

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