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The Apocalypse (2000)

San Giovanni - L'apocalisse (original title)
| Drama | TV Movie 2000
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It is 90 A.D., and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God, and ruler over heaven and Earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his ... See full summary »

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Raffaele Mertes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... John
Vittoria Belvedere ... Irene
Benjamin Sadler ... Valerius
Christian Kohlund ... Quintus Maximus
Erol Sander ... Ionicus
Ian Duncan ... Demetrius
Bruce Payne ... Domitian
Alessandro Bertolucci Alessandro Bertolucci ... Marcello
Walter Nudo ... Hermes
Constantine Gregory ... Corvus
Luca Ward ... Eracle
Matt Patresi ... Titone
Loris Loddi ... Watchman
Massimiliano Pazzaglia Massimiliano Pazzaglia ... Silvano
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Johanan (as Aaron Johnson)
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Storyline

It is 90 A.D., and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God, and ruler over heaven and Earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity, are a thorn in his side, and he is having them cruelly persecuted. The small village in Asia Minor, to which the aged apostle John has withdrawn, is also attacked by Roman soldiers. As if by a miracle, John is the only person to escape the slaughter, and he receives divine orders to write down the visions he will have, and communicate them to the Christian communities in the Roman provinces of Asia. The voice tells him that they should discover what is and what will happen thereafter. Among the Christians of Asia Minor, who believe that John is dead, everyone is deeply worried about being persecuted. Gaius, the community elder in Smyrna, is concerned that only a few believers still dare come to the ritual supper. Under these circumstances, Christianity can no longer exist. But at this point, ...

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Language:

English

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2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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KirchMedia, Lube, Lux Vide See more »
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

St. John/Teophilus: Do not be afraid of the truth, if you don't want to be a slave.
Valerius: The truth will kill you!
St. John/Teophilus: It will set you free.
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And then I beheld............................
9 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Apocalypse is essentially two films. First it's a ground to earth story about corruption in high places and persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire during the days of the Emperor Domitian. Depending on the politics of the day until Constantine became a Christian, persecution waxed and waned in those first 200 or so years. Domitian like some of his predecessors has declared himself a god and doesn't like people around who aren't recognizing his deity. So it's round up the Christians like it was during Nero and slay them, sometimes for sport and amusement.

Sent to the Isle of Patmos where it is rumored that the last of the disciples of Jesus is living the Apostle John, is Benjamin Sadler who both finds John and finds true love with Christian girl Vittoria Belvedere. He also finds a lot of corruption and a great deal about himself.

The aged John is played by Richard Harris and he does it well, one of his better performances in his last years. The second part of the film are the fantasy sequences that become the basis for the Book of Revelation. Do not be watching this film if you are on any kind of pharmaceuticals.

The Apocalypse does have a preachy tone to it which might be off putting to many. Still it's not a bad work and should get more than church viewings.


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