Executive Producer Lew Grade and Director Franco Zeffirelli insisted their adaptation of Jesus' life should be "ecumenical", coherent, even to non-believers, and "acceptable to all denominations". To ensure the movie's accuracy, the producers consulted experts from the Vatican, the Leo Baeck Rabbinical College of London, and the Koranic School at Meknes, Morocco. However, when Zeffirelli asked Rabbi Albert Friedlander to help him create Jesus' Bar Mitzvah scene, the latter replied that such ceremonies were practiced only from the fifteenth century on. Yet, Zeffirelli insisted on having it, and Friedlander tried to teach Lorenzo Monet to read a short portion of the Pentateuch in Hebrew, though he mumbled it, and Zeffirelli was not satisfied (in the movie, boy Jesus reads mostly in English). See more »
Full-immersion baptism, not sprinkling baptism, was in use at the time of Christ. See more »
The Region 1 DVD is the original 1977 broadcast. The Region 2 Carlton DVD released in the UK is substantially cut and runs at 270 minutes. The Dutch DVD release (also Carlton Region 2) has a running time of 365 minutes (the 399 minute running time stated on the cover is a misprint). See more »
It has been 27 years since this TV mini-series aired. I watch it around Easter time every year. Robert Powell has played the best Jesus to date. Can you imagine how more awesome "The Passion" would have been if Powell played the part again. This movie was very believable.Does anyone know whatever became of Robert Powell? The other cast members played their parts well. I also noticed the good messages that were given that if more people watched it that they would get a better understanding of what God wants us to do. As a Roman Catholic I found this movie to be worth other Catholics to see. It also enhanced my faith since the first time I saw it at 13 years old.
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