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The Lost Tomb of Jesus -- Director James Cameron is known for his larger-than-life personality, and in this program he lives up to his reputation by claiming to have made the biggest discovery of the all: the location of the tomb of Jesus Christ. Cameron uses forensic testing and archaeological evidence to back up his ideas, with a particular focus on the excavation of a tomb by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in 1980. The documentary also includes re-creations and expert analysis and commentary.
The Lost Tomb of Jesus -- The Lost Tomb of Jesus is a documentary which makes a case that the 2,000-year-old "Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries" belonged to the family of Jesus of Nazareth.


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  (in credits order)

Mark Caven ... Narrator (UK) (voice)
Ouriel Maoz ... Himself
Rivka Maoz ... Herself
Shimon Gibson ... Himself (as Dr. Shimon Gibson)
Tal Ilan ... Herself
James D. Tabor ... Himself (as James Tabor)
Simcha Jacobovici ... Himself
Felix Golubev ... Himself
Frank Moore Cross ... Himself
John Dominic Crossan ... Himself
Na'ama Brosh ... Herself
Amos Kloner ... Himself
David Mevorah ... Himself
Andrey Feuerverger ... Himself
Bill Tarant ... Himself
Tom Powers ... Himself
François Bovon ... Himself
Jérôme Murphy-O'Connor ... Himself
Charles Pellegrino ... Himself
Stephen Pfann ... Himself
Steven J. Cox ... Himself
Carney Matheson ... Himself
Efraym Shochat ... Himself
Oded Golan ... Himself
Robert E. Genna ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Saleh Bakri ... Jesus of Nazareth
Hadar Ratzon Rotem ... Mary Magdalane (as Hadar Ratzon)

Directed by
Simcha Jacobovici 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Graeme Ball 
Simcha Jacobovici 

Produced by
Ric Esther Bienstock .... producer
James Cameron .... executive producer
Felix Golubev .... producer
Simcha Jacobovici .... producer
Cinematography by
J.P. Locherer (director of photography)
John Petrella 
Film Editing by
Graeme Ball 
Casting by
Bruria Albeck 
Production Management
Noam Kuzar .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Markham Cook .... second unit director
Robyn Glaser .... second assistant director
Art Department
Avishay Avivi .... production designer: recreations
Sound Department
Susan Fairbairn .... sound effects editor
Ric Jurgens .... sound re-recording mixer
Mishann Lau .... dialogue editor
Martin Lee .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Andrew Emslie .... visual effects artist
Alex Olegnowicz .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Aviezer Dasberg .... gaffer
Eli Turgeman .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Alex Olegnowicz .... post-production
Music Department
Brian Nevin .... music score mixer
Other crew
Liron Blumenkranz .... production coordinator

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Finland:102 min
Australia:PG | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating)


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21 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Indiana Jones for biblical scholars in all the wrong ways, 23 April 2007
Author: D A from SoFla, UsA

This glorified discovery channel documentary, part biblical study, part treasure hunt, all misappropriated, might have sat well in it's television origins but falls flat as a feature film. Right from first glance of it's cheesy looking cover art, one may cast doubts upon the integrity behind this serious subject, shown on front case relegating the search for Jesus's tomb to a generic action font that looks more National Treasure or Tomb Raider then any informed debate and examination of the historical burial site should. Such is the underhanded way in which the entire proceedings revolve.

More curious child then worthy researcher, Simcha Jacobovici's explorations come across as self-indulgent while his research comes across as manipulative. For all the fascinating revelations this filmmaker tries to impart on his viewers through supposed evidence, a flood of repetitious statements reiterating the same research and findings over and over proves The Lost Tomb of Jesus has very little information to back up the bloated, albeit entrancing claims. What this amounts to is a very frustrating attempt to beat the audience over the head with the same small factual evidence in support of this tomb's authenticity, which ironically detracts from it. While tirelessly linking together many of these mini-coffins found together to support the Jesus of Nazareth theory, this research forsakes a well-rounded approach to continuously pursue this romanticized archeologist's singular obsession. There may be some impressive factual data which helps shed some light on many traditional dogmatic Christian-held beliefs, but essentially the shady nature of this project made it come across as merely an exploitation piece, financed at a time when The Da Vinci Code was all the rage.

In the end, the cheesy cover art was right. Despite my appreciation for documentary form, The Lost Tomb of Jesus takes an always interesting topic and turns it into overlong and unvaried geriatric adventure hunt, substituting any relevance and sacredness for the uninspired motivations behind this team. By the time these tomb raiders have finished their explorations, reluctantly having to stop research because of social demands, viewers are left with the sense the director was insistent on forging this mystery whether it was there to begin with or not. There are a few genuinely potent moments where the halls of history come marching through this documentary in unassuming ways, but all the decoding, exploring, and theorizing in the world still left this misguided vanity piece in an uneasy void of apathetic response.

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