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The Jesus Film (1979)

Jesus (original title)
Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New Testament,here is the life of Jesus from the miraculous virgin birth to the calling of ... See full summary »

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... Jesus
... Mary
... Luke (voice)
... Simon Peter
... Joseph
... Caiaphas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Matthew
Kobi Assaf ... Philip
Moti Baharav ... Simon of Cyrene
... Zacchaeus
... Blind Begger (as Ze'ev Berlinski)
... John the Baptist
... Judas Iscariot
... Elizabeth
... Hunchback Woman in the Temple
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Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New Testament,here is the life of Jesus from the miraculous virgin birth to the calling of his disciples, public miracles and ministry, ending with his death by crucifixion at the hands of the Roman empire and resurrection on the third day. Written by Anonymous

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The man you thought you knew


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Jesus Film Project | Jesus Video

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19 October 1979 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mosko Alkalai (Matthew) and Yitzhak Ne'eman (James) both appear as extras in the crowd in the TV movie "Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith" and their voices in that film are dubbed over as well. See more »

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After laying the body in the tomb, the actor under the burial shroud can clearly be seen breathing. See more »

Quotes

Jesus: Forgive them father, for they don't know what they do.
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Version of El mártir del Calvario (1952) See more »

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Concerto brandeburghese No. 1, BWV 1046 : 2° movimento
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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"I am with you always, even unto the end of the age..."

Here in the Bible belt of the United States, particularly in our Southern Baptist churches, when you say the name "Jesus Christ," most of us envision such a person as Brian Deacon, who stars as the title character of "Jesus" (1979). The plot of "Jesus" is generally well-known even by non-believers. The opening scene displays John 3:16-17 from the King James Version. Though the film claims to be entirely from The Gospel of St. Luke, it also mixes elements from Matthew's Gospel (i.e.: a more complete Lord's Prayer said by Christ and the use of the trinitarian baptismal formula).

Sadly, the acting in "Jesus" is almost as wooden as the oil-painted icons of the Eastern Church. Brian Deacon delivers a sort of solemn, meek interpretation of Jesus of Nazareth--making the scene in which he casts out the money-changers from the temple--look as if he is only frustrated, and not righteously angry. However, in the film's defense, the acting in "Jesus" is much more a product of its time in that this was generally accepted as to how Jesus acted.

"Jesus" is perhaps one of the greatest films ever made, not because of its production values or acting, but because of its content. This 80-minute film, translated into God knows how many languages, has communicated the Gospel to millions all across the globe. "Jesus," the forerunner of such films as "The Gospel of John" (2003) and "The Passion of the Christ" (2004), is one of the finest examples of evangelical film-making. Recommended for everyone.


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