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11 April 2001 (Italy) See more »
PILATE and the Roman legate VETURIUS look on worriedly as JESUS is celebrated as the new messiah in Jerusalem... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
Alessandro Checcacci .... sound re-recording mixer
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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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A biblical epic full of travesty and distortion, 12 April 2004
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland


I have seen this movie a few months ago and I must admit that never in my life have I seen such a distorted image of the New Testament.

Jesus is showed as a human only. Judas is not a traitor, but someone who waits for Jesus saving his people from the Roman oppression. In fact, he observes Pilate judging Jesus and shouts: "Show your power now"

Jewish Pharizees do not do any harm to Jesus. It is the Pilate who forces Judas to give him Christ since he is afraid of rebellion and "sick ideologies."

The truth was totally different. I don't know what Mertes aimed at by distorting the New Testament so seriously.

The fact is that anybody who will watch it and does not know the Bible much, he/she will feel confused.

If you are going to see this movie, read the Bible first, please. And you shall see how far the movie is from the truth (of course if you consider the Bible as the utmost truth). For those who do, this movie is unacceptable.

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