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Judas (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  8 March 2004 (USA)
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Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but ... See full summary »

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Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but eventually decides to join the band, as well. He and Jesus become good friends, even though they often see things very differently. Ultimately, Judas is convinced that Jesus needs to use his popularity and wonder-working powers to free the Jews from the Romans, and Jesus sees a larger, spritual perspective. As a friend, Judas convinces Jesus to give his disciples his miraculous powers, and he does with good results. Finally, the Jewish leaders spy on Judas and convince him of the greater good of betraying Jesus, in order to save the Jewish people. Judas gets caught between the corrupt leaders, Caiaphus and Pontius Pilate, and Jesus. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »
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While Jesus is shown here being crucified on a traditionally-shaped cross, the thieves on either side of him are shown having been crucified on X-shaped crosses. This may date back to the early medieval painters who believed that in depicting the two thieves as being crucified in exactly the same manner as Jesus, they were diminishing the unique, special nature of Jesus' death. Thus they began to show the thieves as being crucified in manners unlike that inflicted on Jesus. See more »

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Pontius Pilate: What in the name of sweet Minerva is a Messiah?
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Absolutely Despicable
8 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In comparison to The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson, I feel that the ABC tele-film 'Judas' is absolutely blasphemous. Now, I'm not saying the Passion is perfect but how can the critics complain about the accuracy of the passion and praise a film like Judas which is almost laughably modern and only peppered with half hearted biblical references. it seems as though these references such as Lazarus resurrection were thrown in only to remind you that you were watching a story about Jesus and his disciples. This scene in particular was so butchered that it left me speechless. I just don't get how this film is being so highly praised over the passion which had been unfairly judged. The only thing that i can think of is that Judas was written (albeit two years ago) to please the powers that be and is more PC while alienating and DOWNRIGHT INSULTING to Christians. how dare the film makers be so arrogant as to think that they can mess with the gospel and be so blatantly false in this telling and claim it as fact. and yes I'm not naive enough to believe that The Passion is THE be all end all factual telling of the passion story but it certainly was done with much more reverence to the man who laid down his life for us. and didn't litter the dialog with unnecessary swearing like to hell with this and to hell with that and having Judas saying "Damn you Jesus" my word, i was in tears. mostly because i knew that critics would eat this up and that it would be more widely accepted by mass audiences. And further more the writer of the film Judas had the nerve to publicly state that there is a parking space in hell reserved especially for Mel Gibson. How sickening is that? how contradictory to the teaching of Jesus. It totally negates anything this man was trying to state with his film. The gospel is not for entertainment and should not be dramatized so. At least the passion was made for educational purposes and actually serves that purpose and even if it was mildly factually challenged it brought people to church, where they could learn the whole story from the mouth of God Himself. So please, after watching these films, consult the New testament. it is the ONE TRUE PLACE to learn about Judas, Jesus and the journeys both men faced and it is done so without the editorial flavor of Hollywood and is presented without the weight of biased mens opinions clouding the real issues. If you must see one version though. view the passion of the Christ and then read the bible, you will come away with a deeper since of respect for Jesus Christ our LORD and not an image of a teenager friendly Jesus and the factually retarded version that is 'Judas'.


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