7.7/10
2,311
75 user 24 critic

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Matthew 15:1 - 28:20 - The year is about 62 A.D., and the aging apostle Matthew recalls the remarkable events he witnessed as a young man. As his story unfolds, the centuries melt away and ... See full summary »

Director: Regardt van den Bergh
Stars: Richard Kiley, Bruce Marchiano, Gerrit Schoonhoven
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The life and toils of Jesus Christ, depicted as written in the gospel of John. Narrated in English, following the New International Version of the scripture, while the actors speak in Aramaic.

Director: David Batty
Stars: David Harewood, Selva Rasalingam, Mourad Zaoui
The Visual Bible: Acts (Video 1994)
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The accounts of the New Testament Book of Acts, dramatized and narrated, as recalled by old Dr. Luke.

Director: Regardt van den Bergh
Stars: Dean Jones, Henry O. Arnold, Jennifer O'Neill
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A film telling the Biblical stories of the last of the Hebrew Patriarchs in the Book of Genesis.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Keith Michell, Tony Lo Bianco, Colleen Dewhurst
The Old Testament Scriptures (TV Series 1958)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Eddie Dew, Joe Bassett, Robert Christopher
In the Beginning (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.

Stars: Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Campbell
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Annabi Abdelialil, Omero Antonutti, Sabir Aziz
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Eiran Baniel, Rolf Brin, Dina Doron
Son of God (2014)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Director: Christopher Spencer
Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Greg Hicks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Follows the book of ACTS. Shows the complete message of Christ and the transformation of Saul to Paul and how the high priest of Judea does not believe in what has taken place after the Crucifixion of Christ.

Stars: Richard Coyle, Vincent Regan, Adam Levy
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity, including Daniel. Daniel was taken to Babylon to serve it. As Powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Zielinski
Stars: Robert Miano, Andrew Bongiorno, Lance Henriksen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Narrator (voice)
...
...
...
Stephen Russell ...
...
Diana Berriman ...
...
Leading Pharisee
...
Lynsey Baxter ...
Diego Matamoros ...
Nancy Palk ...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

For God loved the world So much...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence involving the crucifixion | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gospel of John  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$98,363 (USA) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

$4,068,087 (USA) (9 April 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

75 principal actors and 2,000 extras. See more »

Quotes

Jesus Christ: I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me will live even though he dies and he who lives and believes in me will never die.
See more »

Connections

Version of Day of Triumph (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of Songs, Chapter VII: excerpt
Musical realization by Suzanne Haik-Vantoura
Sung by Esther Lamandier
Produced by Alienor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Perfect for an agnostic!
21 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perfect for an agnostic, Phillip Seville's three-hour transcription of John the apostle's life of Christ eschews the common cliches of glorification found in the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke; makes Christ human; and presents some convincing evidence for His deity at the same time. `The Gospel of John' does not do a Hollywood makeover of anyone in this film in order to prove that Christ was the Son of God (Mary is older and more wrinkled than she should be), therefore satisfying those undecideds who sometimes claim Him an ordinary man and other times suspect He may be divine.

For sure, He is not the charismatic figure of `The Greatest Story Ever Told' or `King of Kings,' but Saville makes the miracles pervasive enough to coax anyone, even an atheist or Jew, to pause and ponder the possibility.

Because so many are awaiting Mel Gibson's controversial life of Christ with its alleged hard line about the responsibility of the Jews for Christ's death, Saville's version may be interesting by comparison. Because both films show Jews responsible for Christ's death, there should be no wasted time debating responsibility when discussing the difference in the films. The ruling Romans, Pilate in particular, share the decision to crucify Him as well (The film's preamble asserts that crucifixion was a Roman practice).

The adaptation by John Goldsmith from the American Bible Society's `Good News Bible' is faithful to that 1996 colloquial Bible. The actors' Shakespearean delivery echoes many of the previous filmed versions that substitute gravitas for good acting. But a skeptic has to be enchanted by the simple message and the selfishness of the Pharisees and Romans, even though they are unwittingly fulfilling `God's purpose.'

Played by Henry Ian Cusick, Christ has no extraordinary physical features and no exceptional oratorical skill beyond his few poignant homilies and epigrammatic philosophy. Don't look for the grand pronouncements of the Sermon on the Mount; in fact, his repetitious `I speak the truth' has the opposite effect of creating disbelief in listeners wary when anyone has to declaim this more than once.

Yet, His presence changes things: The agnostic or the Jew must take note of the `teacher's' humanity--he also happens to raise people from the dead and change water into wine. It's in those miracles, emphasized by the film, that the mystery of Christ as the Son of God demands the attention of even the most unmovable agnostic or atheist.

Christopher Plummer's narration, intoned with a bit too much respect, gets laughable as he describes all too obvious actions when they are happening at the same time on the screen (`Christ stood up.'). This is not Pasolini's witty, sensual `Gospel According to St. Matthew.' It is a faithful rendering of the fourth gospel in understandable idioms with a feisty Christ different from the usual pacifist with backlighting.

After all, we do base our calendar on the year of the Lord, so somewhere we must come to terms with the arguably most influential religious figure in history. `The Gospel of John' is a place to start.


28 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?