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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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Taglines:

2000 years ago one man changed the world forever. 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:

Jésus See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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

It aired in the same year as 'Mary: Mother of Jesus (1999) (TV)', which featured Christian Bale as Jesus. Jeremy Sisto went on to voice Batman in 'Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)(TV)'. Christian Bale played Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Also appearing was Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, who portrays Pontius Pilate in this film. See more »

Goofs

The crucifixion scene in this film is totally wrong as the man nailing Jesus to the cross is not a Roman Soldier but a Jew from the crowd. See more »

Quotes

Mary Magdalene: Were you a good carpenter?
Jesus: It's a good thing I started preaching.
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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

Follows Samson and Delilah (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Need You
Written by Ty Lacy & Dennis Matkosky
Produced for Le Ann Rimes by the Acrynon Production Group
Le Ann Rimes appears courtesy of Curb Records
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A Dreg of Attempted Movie Making
17 June 2014 | by karenn1See all my reviews

Quite possibly the worst Jesus movie I've ever seen. I know "artistic liberties" are taken in all movies, but this script molested the Bible, and the writer should be called before a Tribunal at the Hague for torturing Scripture.

I didn't mind Jesus being considerably more light-hearted than in most movies (even though Isaiah describes Him as "A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief"), but I did resent the gratuitous liberties taken with actual Bible accounts.

Whether it's the depiction of the Christ announcing his impending death to His mother, the death scene of His earthly father Joseph, the timing and method of choosing the 12, the extremely poor sound mixing ... well, it would take a pamphlet to cover every insulting aspect of this illegitimate facsimile of a "Bible" movie.

The kindest thing I can say for this production is that Debra Messing made a drop-dead gorgeous hooker, Mary M. From all other errors in this movie, I wouldn't expect the writer to do a bit of research and discover that Magdalene actually wasn't a prostitute.

I turned it off after Jesus told His mother that He would die in a couple days. So, I agonized through much of it, but enough was enough.

I don't know what Suzette Couture is doing for a living nowadays, but it should be criminal if she is still trying to impersonate a writer.

I don't want to sell the movie on Ebay; my conscience wouldn't let me do that. Maybe I'll sail it like a Frisbee and let the pieces fall where they may. I do know I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


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