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A movie about the life, work and death of Jesus as we know it from the Bible.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ...  Jesus
Debra Messing ...  Mary Magdalene
Armin Mueller-Stahl ...  Joseph
Jacqueline Bisset ...  Mary
Gary Oldman ...  Pontius Pilate
David O'Hara ...  John The Baptist
Claudio Amendola ...  Barabbas
G.W. Bailey ...  Livio
Luca Zingaretti ...  Peter
Luca Barbareschi ...  Herod Antipas
Christian Kohlund ...  Caiaphas
Elena Sofia Ricci ...  Herodias
Stefania Rocca ...  Mary of Bethany
Gabriella Pession ...  Salome
Maria Cristina Heller ...  Martha of Bethany
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Storyline

Jesus dreams of a medieval battle in the name of Jesus Christ and of a dying world war soldier who, in desperation, calls out the name: Jesus. Jesus awakes, distraught. What is the meaning of this nightmare? Why are these strangers using his name? Jesus is a simple carpenter, like his father Joseph. Both are presently looking for work, but they've been wandering for days from town to town without finding any. Times are difficult in Galilee. Roman taxes are stifling the country. The hated Jewish tax collectors, viewed by the people as traitors, rob people of their last means of subsistence. Revolts and bands of revolutionary thieves are spreading uncertainty throughout the land. Herod Antipas, the Jewish king, is merely a weak shadow of his feared father Herod the Great. The real power lies in the hands of Caiphas, the high priest. To strengthen his position, he plays the Jewish interests against the Roman interests with religious fervor. His most dangerous opponent is the new Roman ... Written by Anonymous

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The greatest story of all time as it's never been told before. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Five Mile River Films | Lux Vide

Country:

Czech Republic | Italy | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesus See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | (commercial free on TBN)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Evangelist John MacArthur has criticized the series for it's lack of authenticity and unrealistic crucifixion scene as a Jew from the crowd (not dressed as a Roman) nails Jesus to the cross. This was also a big problem with the mini series Jesus of Nazareth. See more »

Goofs

During Crucifixion a close up of a nail is shown on the wrist area being hammered in. Later on when Jesus appears to his disciples and tells Thomas to touch his nail wound, the wound is in his palm. See more »

Quotes

Jesus: I am not alone; I am with my Father.
Satan: You will die in vain, Jesus...
Jesus: No! I'm in the hearts of men. I will die for the everlasting kindness of the human heart created by the Father, so that man will make His image shine once again. And those who want to will find in me the strength to love until the end.
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Crazy Credits

In Memory of Enrico Sabatini See more »

Alternate Versions

The international version of this film includes scenes that had to be cut due to time constraints on the CBS network. These scenes include:
  • Extended version of the flashback scene where Mary tells Joseph about the angel
  • Extended version of Jesus' farewell to Mary of Bethany, with Lazarus throwing him out in anger
  • Satan showing Jesus the execution of Joan of Arc during the Gethsemane temptation
  • Extended crucifixion with closeups of the nail going into Jesus' wrist and of Him screaming
  • Brief scene of Judas hanging himself after the crucifixion
  • Alternate ending involving Jesus coming back to present day while joyously meeting up with various children
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Connections

Version of King of Kings (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Pie Jesu
from "Requiem"
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Sarah Brightman with Paul Miles-Kingston & The Winchester Cathedral Choir
By kind permission of The Really Useful Group Ltd., London
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I loved it
18 February 2003 | by tiff_7_2002See all my reviews

I have just recently rented "Jesus" and I have watched it about 3 times and I'll probably eventually buy it. I absolutely loved this interpretation of Jesus and feel that this movie has brought me closer to him. I now have a more lovable, happy, and caring picture of Jesus in my mind, not that I didn't think of him that way before, it's just that this movie puts across a side of Jesus that we have not often seen in other movies. Watching this movie has just brought him to life for me and (even though I undoubtedly knew that he was real before) makes him seem even more real to me now. I love the fact, like so many others, that this movie portrayed Jesus to be HUMAN, happy, laughing, crying, and all the other emotions that we all, as humans, go through. Only he was not just any human. My absolute favorite part in the movie is when Jesus is crucified. Even though it might not have been long enough, it still captured the pain and agony that Jesus felt. It made my heart break watching this scene, and made me love him and appreciate him even more for the price he paid for us.


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