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Peter and Paul (1981)

Peter the Fisherman (Robert Foxworth) and Paul of Tarsus (Sir Anthony Hopkins) assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ and their own personal conflicts.

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Robert Day

Writers:

Christopher Knopf (teleplay), Christopher Knopf (story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Paul of Tarsus
Robert Foxworth ... Peter the Fisherman
Eddie Albert ... Festus
Raymond Burr ... Herod Agrippa I
José Ferrer ... Gamaliel (as Jose Ferrer)
Jon Finch ... Luke
David Gwillim ... Mark
Herbert Lom ... Barnabas
Jean Peters ... Priscilla
John Rhys-Davies ... Silas
Julian Fellowes ... Nero
Shanit Keter Shanit Keter ... Daphne
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... James
Gareth Thomas ... Julius
Giannis Voglis Giannis Voglis ... John (as Yannis Voglis)
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Peter the Fisherman (Robert Foxworth) and Paul of Tarsus (Sir Anthony Hopkins) assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ and their own personal conflicts.

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Two key pillars of Early Chrisitanity and Western civilization. But in their own day the world didn't want them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I skyggen av korset See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to page 202 of the book "The Bible On Film" (Scarecrow, 1981, written by R. Campbell and M. Pitts) this originally aired in two parts: part one on April 12, 1981, and part two on April 14, 1981. See more »

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Quotes

Paul of Tarsus: [shouting at Simon Peter] You're like a straw, blown in the wind!
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Answers the question "Who did Jesus come to save?"
21 July 2003 | by pdbandSee all my reviews

This is a great movie for those who want to understand the early decades of the Christian church. Anthony Hopkins as Paul and Robert Foxworth as Peter are fabulous in their acting. Paul is obviously more passionate and the story tends to give him more screen time. The movie tells the story of how and what the disciples did following the Resurrection. In the book of Galatians in the New Testament, Paul is revisiting churches he started which have come under the influence of Judiazers who say that Christians must be Jews, and that Gentiles must be circumsized.

Paul meets with Peter, who has not left the general area of Jerusalem to discuss this problem. His argument is that Jesus came to save all--Jew and Gentile alike, and he has been travelling to Greece and Asia Minor making large numbers of converts. The arguments he makes to Peter, is that salvation is by faith, that Jesus plus nothing is the key to salvation, and that works or previous Jewish religious practices are now irrelevant. Peter eventually is pursuaded, and after about 30 years of doing little, agrees with Paul's arguments. Paul's other journeys are dramatized and his final days seem to drag out the movie, but the performances are top notch!


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