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Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnathon Schaech ... Judas Iscariot
Jonathan Scarfe ... Jesus Christ
Tim Matheson ... Pontius Pilate
Fiona Glascott ... Claudia Procles
Owen Teale ... Flavius
Bob Gunton ... High Priest Caiaphas
Mark Womack ... Peter
Rory Kinnear ... Andrew
Enzo Squillino Jr. ... James
Suzanne Bertish ... Rohab
Harry Peacock ... John
Paul Haigh Paul Haigh ... Matthew
Georgia Mackenzie ... Mary Magdalene
Elliot Levey ... Eliakim
Danny Scheinmann ... Joshua
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Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but eventually decides to join the band, as well. He and Jesus become good friends, even though they often see things very differently. Ultimately, Judas is convinced that Jesus needs to use his popularity and wonder-working powers to free the Jews from the Romans, and Jesus sees a larger, spritual perspective. As a friend, Judas convinces Jesus to give his disciples his miraculous powers, and he does with good results. Finally, the Jewish leaders spy on Judas and convince him of the greater good of betraying Jesus, in order to save the Jewish people. Judas gets caught between the corrupt leaders, Caiaphus and Pontius Pilate, and Jesus. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Judas & Jesus See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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While Jesus is shown here being crucified on a traditionally-shaped cross, the thieves on either side of him are shown having been crucified on X-shaped crosses. This may date back to the early medieval painters who believed that in depicting the two thieves as being crucified in exactly the same manner as Jesus, they were diminishing the unique, special nature of Jesus' death. Thus they began to show the thieves as being crucified in manners unlike that inflicted on Jesus. See more »

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High Priest Caiaphas: I hear that Jesus is quite captivating. I look forward to meeting the young fellow.
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interesting point of view
6 June 2003 | by FilmLabRatSee all my reviews

Very interesting version of Jesus' story, told through Judas' eyes. Sympathetic with Judas yet depicting him as a complicated character, motivated by a desire to see the Jewish people set free from Roman tyranny, it sets up the conflict well. Jesus sees his mission and the Kingdom of God very differently than Judas, even though they become good friends. The villains are Pontius Pilate and Caiaphus who try to manipulate Judas, playing on his desire to see the Jews freed. There is also tension between the rural disciples and Judas, a city sophisticate.

This telefeature has the look and feel of a theatrical release movie, in its fairly frequent long shots, attention to detail and even symbolic imagery, at times. Very well-made and well-told story. Tom Fontana did a great job writing the script and Charlie Carner excellent direction.


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