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The Friends of Jesus - Judas (2001)

Gli amici di Gesù - Giuda (original title)
PILATE and the Roman legate VETURIUS look on worriedly as JESUS is celebrated as the new messiah in Jerusalem, fearing an uprising. Veturius decides to have Jesus arrested as soon as a ... See full summary »


Raffaele Mertes, Elisabetta Marchetti (co-director)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrico Lo Verso ... Judas
Danny Quinn ... Jesus
Aglaia Szyszkowitz ... Sarah
Mathieu Carrière ... Pilatus
Francesco Pannofino ... Pietro
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Simone
Mehmet Günsür ... Giovanni
Shel Shapiro Shel Shapiro ... Otoniel
Todd Carter Todd Carter ... Caifa
Hannes Jaenicke ... Joseph of Arimathea
Matt Patresi ... Barabba
Giovanni Micoli Giovanni Micoli ... Gesta
Omar Lahlou Omar Lahlou ... Disma
Cyrus Elias Cyrus Elias ... Padre di Giuda
Athina Cenci Athina Cenci ... Madre di Giuda


PILATE and the Roman legate VETURIUS look on worriedly as JESUS is celebrated as the new messiah in Jerusalem, fearing an uprising. Veturius decides to have Jesus arrested as soon as a suitable opportunity presents itself. JUDAS is delighted by the reception Jesus is receiving, and quickly wants to win over the influential merchants to the cause # which would make him the king and the liberator of the Jews. When Judas meets his fiancé SARAH, she asks him for money, saying her brother has been arrested but that his freedom can be bought with cash. Sarah is lying, however: the money is to bribe the palace guards so that JESTA, her brother, and BARABBAS can assassinate the Roman governor. Judas doesn't give her any money as it belongs to the disciples. The next day Jesus drives all the moneylenders out of the temple and incurs the full wrath of the city's merchants and high priests. Judas looks on worriedly as Jesus' rash behavior makes him enemies. He now takes the 30 pieces of silver ... Written by Anonymous

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A biblical epic full of travesty and distortion
12 April 2004 | by marcin_kukuczkaSee all my reviews


I have seen this movie a few months ago and I must admit that never in my life have I seen such a distorted image of the New Testament.

Jesus is showed as a human only. Judas is not a traitor, but someone who waits for Jesus saving his people from the Roman oppression. In fact, he observes Pilate judging Jesus and shouts: "Show your power now"

Jewish Pharizees do not do any harm to Jesus. It is the Pilate who forces Judas to give him Christ since he is afraid of rebellion and "sick ideologies."

The truth was totally different. I don't know what Mertes aimed at by distorting the New Testament so seriously.

The fact is that anybody who will watch it and does not know the Bible much, he/she will feel confused.

If you are going to see this movie, read the Bible first, please. And you shall see how far the movie is from the truth (of course if you consider the Bible as the utmost truth). For those who do, this movie is unacceptable.

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11 April 2001 (Italy) See more »

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