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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Cast

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 »

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O Mistério da Palavra See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Mother Angelica, the Roman Catholic nun who launched EWTN (Eternal Word Televsion Network) in 1981, was perturbed by the existence of this miniseries, deeming it "blasphemous" on the basis of its plot summary. WBMG, the CBS affiliate where Mother Angelica produced her television program, was scheduled to air the miniseries in November of 1978, causing a rift between Mother Angelica and WBMG GM/VP Hugh Smith. 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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Comes No Where Close to the Novel
19 November 2018 | by lakshanwickremaSee all my reviews

I loved reading Irwin Wallace's novel upon which this miniseries is based. Given the modest ratings I was not expecting a masterpiece, but something that would do justice to the novel. Unfortunately what I have seen is an atrocious disservice to the novel. The character of the bitter yet inquisitive Steve Randall, a doubting Thomas after the signs of faith, was reduced to a rambling drunkard without any nuances. The stony face of David Janssen is enough to put you off. Other characters like the fat cat publisher George Wheeler, who uses Steve's quest for faith as the bait to get him enlisted and then ultimately uses the stick to prod him, has hardly any of those characteristics from the novel. The relationship between Steve and his pastor father, his crumbling marriage are not explored at all. That would give a credible face to Steve's decision to become PR man for the Resurrection Two. Instead what we got is a utterly boring three hours without any passion or drive. I sincerely hope someone else would adapt this thrilling novel again to the small screen, while retaining its vibrancy.


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