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The Miracle Maker (2000)

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The story of Jesus Christ.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Jesus (voice)
Michael Bryant ... God / The Doctor (voice)
Julie Christie ... Rachel (voice)
Rebecca Callard ... Tamar (voice)
James Frain ... Thomas (voice)
Richard E. Grant ... John the Baptist (voice)
Ian Holm ... Pontius Pilate (voice)
William Hurt ... Jairus (voice)
Anton Lesser ... Herod (voice)
Daniel Massey ... Cleopas (voice)
Tim McInnerny ... Barabbas (voice)
Alfred Molina ... Simon the Pharisee (voice)
Bob Peck ... Joseph of Arimathea (voice)
Miranda Richardson ... Mary Magdalene (voice)
Antony Sher ... Ben Azra (voice)
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The story of Jesus Christ.

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] (French)

Country:

Russia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A csodatevő See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£153,408 (United Kingdom), 2 April 2000, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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The last film of Michael Bryant. See more »

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Herod: Yes. The death of John was... unfortunate.
Ben Azra: But necessary my lord Herod! A warning to the people!
Herod: To warn them of what?
Ben Azra: Disobeying their rulers. Destroying *your* kingdom.
Herod: You do have a talent for easing my conscience. And yet one dead prophet is clearly not enough for you.
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A Surprising video
25 May 2006 | by phil-771See all my reviews

A Surprisingly useful video. As a teacher of Religious Education this movie was always going to be useful to me, but as a synopsis of the New Testament based largely upon the Gospel of Luke, this video offers an uncanny degree of insight. The creators have bothered to research particulars and peculiarities of life at the time of Jesus, and although there are particular details missing that disappoint me (e.g. the absence of the Dove at the Baptism narrative), individual cut-scenes from this movie make excellent alternatives to trying to get pupils to struggle through texts from the New Testament in class.

The frequent transitions between clay and cartoon animation as a theatrical technique needs explanation before use, especially if only watching brief clips, but these do not detract from the pupils own ability to empathise with characters and evaluate stories based on its presentation.

As an overall synopsis various pericopes are omitted, but this can easily be forgiven a movie of a commercial length, and suitable for pupils to watch in the course of an afternoon.

I personally, as a passionate Christian and student of New Testament Theology, find it a moving and engaging presentation, and it is among the DVD's that I'll stick on on a lazy Sunday afternoon: it's fine for the kids to watch (although obviously they don't get much of its meaning), and I'll enjoy it, too.


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