A document is discovered that appears to be an ancient eyewitness account of the life of Jesus Christ. A public relations executive is hired to publicize this document as a new version of ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
David Janssen ...  Steve Randall 4 episodes, 1978
James Whitmore ...  George Wheeler 4 episodes, 1978
Florinda Bolkan ...  Angela Monti 4 episodes, 1978
Eddie Albert ...  Ogden Towery 4 episodes, 1978
Geraldine Chaplin ...  Naomi Dunn 4 episodes, 1978
Hurd Hatfield ...  Cedric Plummer 4 episodes, 1978
John Huston ...  Nathan Randall 4 episodes, 1978
John McEnery ...  Florian Knight 4 episodes, 1978
Ron Moody ...  LeBrun 4 episodes, 1978
Diana Muldaur ...  Claire Randall 4 episodes, 1978
Kate Mulgrew ...  Tony Nicholson 4 episodes, 1978
Janice Rule ...  Barbara Randall 4 episodes, 1978
Martha Scott ...  Sarah Randall 4 episodes, 1978
Nicol Williamson ...  Maertin de Vroome 4 episodes, 1978
David Ackroyd ...  Tom Carey 4 episodes, 1978
Laura Betti ...  Maria 4 episodes, 1978
Bo Brundin ...  Heldering 4 episodes, 1978
Donald Moffat ...  Henri Aubert 4 episodes, 1978
Nehemiah Persoff ...  Abbot Petropolous 4 episodes, 1978
Catherine Burns ...  Lori Cook 4 episodes, 1978
Nicolas Coster ...  Peter Ajemian 4 episodes, 1978
Roland Culver ...  Dr. Jeffries 4 episodes, 1978
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea ...  Herself 4 episodes, 1978
Walter Gotell ...  Hennig 4 episodes, 1978
Alexa Kenin ...  Judy Randall 4 episodes, 1978
Jon Korkes ...  Thad Crawford 4 episodes, 1978
Allan Miller ...  Dr. Oppenheim 4 episodes, 1978
Lynn Farleigh ...  Valerie Hughs 4 episodes, 1978
Christopher Lloyd ...  Hans Bogardus 4 episodes, 1978
Mario Scaccia ...  Agusto Monti 4 episodes, 1978
John Van Dreelen ...  Dr. Fass 4 episodes, 1978
Alexander Scourby ...  Narrator 4 episodes, 1978
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A document is discovered that appears to be an ancient eyewitness account of the life of Jesus Christ. A public relations executive is hired to publicize this document as a new version of the Bible, but he finds himself enmeshed in controversy and intrigue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Word could be a miracle. The Word could be a vicious hoax. The Word could shatter everything you believe in.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Mistério da Palavra See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The role of Florian Knight was first offered to David Warner. See more »

Quotes

Naomi Dunn: [to Steve Randall] I keep my body and soul separate. The body was yours for a time, and that was pleasurable, but the soul belongs only to Christ.
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Alternate Versions

This title aired as an eight hour miniseries and has been cut to six hours in repeat and four hours in syndication. Video version runs 300 m. See more »

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Confused, hurried, or...?
16 January 2020 | by buigerSee all my reviews

First of all a premise: I got to watch the 3-hour version, not the entire 8-hour version. This may be one of the reasons that to me, this was a confused, garbled movie that made almost no sense at all. It was very difficult to follow, to figure out who is who, why and when.

Granted, this was commercially a major effort, but it falls far short of being worthy of the money and talent spent to make it. Even the acting was below par, notwithstanding a stellar cast. I had the feeling that even the actors themselves failed to really understand the story and to believe in it. A pitty really, because this could (and should) have been much better.


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