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The Friends of Jesus - Thomas -- Thomas is overwhelmed with anguish and sorrow as chaos surrounds the burial of his Messiah. With his faith shattered and challeneged by a series of mysterious events, it is only until he is able to witness the prophesy with his own eyes that his faith can be restored and he can go forth and spread the word of Christ.
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16 April 2001 (Italy) See more »
When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Raffaele Mertes 
Elisabetta Marchetti (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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 
Production Management
Stefania Antonini .... unit production manager
Franco Casellato .... post-production supervisor
Andrea Nuzzolo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rachel Griffiths .... first assistant director
Sara Rossi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Giuseppe De Luca .... props
Sound Department
Bruno Ventura .... sound editor
Laura Vergelli .... adr supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianluca Bombardone .... assistant camera
Alessandro Cardelli .... electrician
Roberto De Nigris .... camera operator
Stanislao Galasso .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stefano De Nardis .... assistant costume designer
Maurizio Torti .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Michele Sblendorio .... assistant editor
Other crew
Emmanuel Bonfiglioli .... assistant story editor
Paola Chicarella .... production accountant
Marco Mattei .... 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 - Tommaso" - Italy (original title)
"Close to Jesus" - USA (DVD box title)
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Brazil:96 min

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Apostle Thomas gets expanded part in Passionplay, 4 June 2011
Author: phlbrq from Oklahoma

It starts with a chase scene through the streets of Jerusalem. I don't remember any chases in the gospels. All is quickly explained then we're back in familiar territory. So it goes speculating then returning to the revered texts.

This a kind of a TV movie treatment of the apostle Thomas. Aside from the Gospel anecdote the movie creates a pretty good story around his lack of faith and a search for the body of Jesus. Joseph of Arimethea is a compassionate figure in bridging the Jewish leadership, Romans and apostles. The supporting cast is quite good.

Fans of The Life of Brian, like me, will get a kick out of the Romans speaking with low British accents. Some stilted dialog might cause amusement too. But the quality acting, visual flair and solid production values make this far superior to the earnest, dogmatic, artless though well meaning Christian productions in circulation.

Historical and Biblical accuracy aside this is good storytelling.

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