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The Hunt for the Hidden Relic (2002)

Das Jesus Video (original title)
STEFFEN VOGT, aged around 25, is helping out at a German archeological excavation in Israel when he finds a 2,000-year-old skeleton holding the instructions for a video camera dating from ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Koeberlin ... Steffen
Naike Rivelli ... Sharon
... Yehoshua
Hans Diehl ... Scafaro
... John Kaun
Heinrich Giskes ... Professor Willfort
... Roland Jung
Klaus Grünberg ... Man with broken nose
Pierre Semmler ... Christopher
Frank Scharl ... Ryan
Mario Holetzeck ... Dan
Gode Benedix ... Dr. Simmon (as Gode Bendix)
Torsten Jerabek ... Agent 1
Andreas Cremer ... Agent 2
Dounia Tazi ... Ausgrabungshelferin


STEFFEN VOGT, aged around 25, is helping out at a German archeological excavation in Israel when he finds a 2,000-year-old skeleton holding the instructions for a video camera dating from the year 2003. The bones also show traces of the present day. His theory of a time-traveler who made a video of Jesus is laughed at by everyone, however, including SHARON, an attractive Israeli woman he adores. Although no one appears to believe him, his find certainly seems to have generated interest: Steffen is attacked shortly afterwards in his hotel room by strange men; then he discovers that the German embassy and the secret service are after him; and when his friend DAN is murdered, he goes into hiding. His only true ally is Sharon. Steffen's theory seems to be correct: financier and time-travel expert KAUN turns up at the excavations in person and carries out several elaborate subterranean measurements at the Wailing Wall # where he believes the camera has been hidden. He is assisted by the ... Written by Anonymous

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An adventure that started 2000 years ago...

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 December 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Ancient Relic  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the two helicopters on the chase near the end, the white and orange one, has a Spanish registration number: EC-FJA. Just some months after the release of the movie, this helicopter suffered an accident while performing fire-fighting tasks. Fortuntelly, all 7 on board escaped unharmed, but the main rotor caught fire and the whole aircraft was destroyed on this new fire. See more »


When researching about the camera, it is revealed that its release date lies three years in the future. It is quite impossible that the camera's specifications and its manual are already on the web-page of the manufacturer. See more »


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Better than the books that's for sure
23 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Having read some comments explaining how the film did not do justice to the book, I bought and read the book. It was a tough task because this is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time (not the translator's fault - I read it in German).

As for the ideas, the cliches abound and nothing is believable.

So even though the film is full of unbelievable moments, and of cliches, believe it or not but it is a marked improvement on the book!

Make sure you don't buy the book, or waste time reading it.

Yes it was a best-seller in Germany but I guess this only proves that today's masses are ignorant and unsophisticated enough, that they can be made to love such a thing... ;-)

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