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The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

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The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

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Philip Saville

Writer:

John Goldsmith (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Narrator (voice)
Henry Ian Cusick ... Jesus Christ
Stuart Bunce ... John
Daniel Kash ... Simon Peter
Stephen Russell Stephen Russell ... Pontius Pilate
Alan Van Sprang ... Judas Iscariot
Diana Berriman Diana Berriman ... Virgin Mary
Richard Lintern ... Leading Pharisee
Scott Handy ... John the Baptist
Lynsey Baxter ... Mary Magdalene
Diego Matamoros Diego Matamoros ... Nicodemus
Nancy Palk Nancy Palk ... Samaritan Woman
Elliot Levey ... Nathanael
Andrew Pifko ... Philip
Cedric Smith ... Caiaphas
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The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

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For God loved the world So much...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence involving the crucifixion | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Yahoo group

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gospel of John See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$98,363, 28 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,068,087, 11 April 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Original score incorporating instrumental sounds of the period. See more »

Quotes

Jesus Christ: I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me will live even though he dies and he who lives and believes in me will never die.
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Connections

Version of The Jesus Film (1979) See more »

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Symphony No.5
Music by Valentin Silvestrov
Performed by The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Andrey Boreyko
Produced by Megadisc
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the truth
28 March 2004 | by cubes007See all my reviews

This film was surprisingly very good. Unlike Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ" this movie can serve both Christians and non-Christians as a cohesive educational experience. But this isn't a boring, conservative Christian movie. All really good dramas are character-driven and the potrayal/interpretation of Jesus in this movie is so strong that if I were the crying type I very well might have. Jesus is very genuine, compassionate, emotional, yet self-controlled. At first I wasn't quite sold by Henry Ian Cusick's style, but his sincerity was really consistent throughout the movie and I was convinced about 20 minutes into the movie at most. Other users have commented on how they were surprised by Jesus's impatience with the discples or loud tone when speaking to the Pharisees but I have to say, if you've read the Gospels then you should expect Jesus to be demonstrative and uninhibited, as circumstances dictate.

As others have said, this movie is a faithful adaptation of the gospel of John. I thought that having every single word of the book either spoken by characters or narrated was a necessary and intelligent decision to make. To hear the Word allows you to consider the actors & director's interpretation of certain events & verses, and also to simply consider the Word for yourself in a comprehensive manner. After all, how often does one ever read straight through the book of John?

Watching this movie really helps the Christian understand Jesus' incredibly difficult situation. I'm not talking about the crucifiction, but the fact that Jesus as the Son of God is incarnated into a man and has to tell men who he really is. To put it more clearly, imagine if God incarnate stood before you as an average looking human being and said "I am the Son of God." Unless you saw a miracle it you would not be willing to suspend disbelief. I empathized with Jesus when he emphatically said, "I am telling you the truth!" so many times throughout the movie.

In conclusion, this movie is really worth your time to watch. Although it is very long and you may lose focus at times during the middle portion I would still highly recommend it. It isn't perfect but overall it's a fantastic piece of work.


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