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 »
Saint Peter, a reluctant but passionate leader, from the crucifixion of Jesus to his own. The film's first half dramatizes the New Testament's "Acts": early fear, the renewal of Pentecost, ... See full summary »
When the marriage between AMOS and MARY MAGDALENE turns out to be childless, he casts her out and gets a divorce. Mary has to leave Magdala. She befriends SILVANO, a Roman prefect, who ... See full summary »
Maria Grazia Cucinotta,
Giuliana de Sio
An all-enveloping darkness. Suddenly, a child's voice, frightened, questioning, pierces the darkness... The first flickering rays of light begin to sculpt mysterious shapes out of the ... See full summary »
When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples, he had worriedly taken refuge with friends in Jerusalem after Jesus's arrest. After ... See full summary »
Maria Grazia Cucinotta,
The people of Jerusalem are suffering under the reign of HEROD, and are hoping to be delivered from the Roman occupiers by the Messiah # whose arrival, it is rumored, is to take place very ... See full summary »
The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan with the promise that if he does so, his descendants will ... See full summary »
Billy Zane stars as Barabbas--the man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Based on the Nobel Prize in Literature winning novel by Par Lagerkvist, Barabbas is a... See full summary »
Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians, is holding a celebratory banquet for his people in the citadel ... See full summary »
F. Murray Abraham,
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Klaus Maria Brandauer
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
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 »
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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