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The Miracle Maker (2000)

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The story of Jesus Christ.

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Murray Watts
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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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Jesus of Nazareth is a skilled carpenter, with good trade connections. But he decides to quit everything and preach the word of God, as an itinerant preacher and faith healer. He attracts several followers who see him in different ways. Judas Iscariot dreams of a violent Jewish revolution against the Roman Empire. He sees Jesus as a potential leader of the revolution, and liberator of the Jews. Mary Magdalene is a mad woman, who has been suffering from hallucinations. She sees Jesus as the man who can relieve her suffering. Simon Peter is a disgruntled fisherman, loudly protesting against unjust taxation and the corruption of the tax collectors. For him Jesus offers something to believe in. Matthew is a corrupt tax collector with a guilty conscience. He seen in Jesus a chance to redeem to his sins. But as Jesus' message spreads, he is seen as a threat by monarch Herod Antipas and High Priest Caiaphas. In a visit to Jerusalem, Jesus' fate will eventually be decided by the Roman ... Written by Dimos I

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Last movie of Michael Bryant (God/The Doctor). See more »

Quotes

Herod: You say this Jesus can perform the impossible?
Ben Azra: Oh he can perform powerful illusions Majesty.
Herod: Powerful illusions. Well isn't all human power an illusion?
Pharisee: Not the Kingship granted to Herod.
Herod: You really are encouraging to a vulnerable soul. Oh, if only Caesar was as sympathetic as you. But if I fail to govern my people, what will happen to us if Pilate sends reports back to Rome? And if this Jesus goes on and on performing such extraordinary tricks? Hmm? Where will it end?
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One of the best life of Christ films
14 April 2001 | by WWalrusSee all my reviews

Of the many life of Christ films, this should be rated as one of the best. Some viewers have called it a "claymation" film, it is not. This is a stop motion puppet film. Anyone who has the DVD version can view the "making of" film and see that the figures are flexible puppets made of foam and plastic and not the crude figures done for "claymation". There is a vast difference in stop motion puppets and claymation figures.

What sets this film apart is that through the puppet medium, the figures look like people from the time and place of the original happening, not Hollywood actors in costumes and make up. Since the viewer does not associate a certain actor with the part, it is much easier to accept the puppet as the "real" character. You don't see Jeffrey Hunter, the actor in "King of Kings", playing a part but see more acceptable versions of Christ and the apostles.

The combination of 3D and 2D animation works well in separating the parable stories from the "real" action. It is a jolt at first, but becomes very acceptable as the film goes on.

Don't let the "puppet" idea keep an adult viewer away from this wonderful film. It is a concept that makes the Bible stories wonderfully accessible to all age groups.


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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] (French)

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English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (UK) See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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