In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.


Kevin Reynolds


Kevin Reynolds (screenplay), Paul Aiello (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... Clavius
Tom Felton ... Lucius
Peter Firth ... Pilate
Cliff Curtis ... Yeshua
María Botto ... Mary Magdalene (as Maria Botto)
Luis Callejo ... Joses
Antonio Gil ... Joseph of Arimathea
Richard Atwill Richard Atwill ... Polybius
Stewart Scudamore ... Peter
Andy Gathergood ... Quintus
Stephen Hagan ... Bartholomew
Mish Boyko Mish Boyko ... John
Jan Cornet ... Thomas / Dydimus
Joe Manjón ... Simon the Canaanite (as Joe Manjon)
Pepe Lorente ... Thaddeus


Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Yahshua in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Written by Sony Pictures

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Witness the manhunt that changed the course of human history

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for Biblical violence including some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The way Jesus is crucified is the same from the The Gospel of John (2003). Jesus in both versions is shown crucified in a T-shaped cross, nailed through small pieces of wood on his wrists and his feet are placed on two mounts, one on the left and the other at the right. See more »


In the movie, Pilate and Clavius are concerned about an upcoming visit from the Emperor. Historically, Emperor Tiberius, who was in power at the time, lived on island of Capri, near Italy. He refused to leave it for very long, even to return to his rightful dwelling in Rome. He never paid any visits to any province of his empire so distant as Pontius Pilate's district in Judea. See more »


[first lines]
Inn Keeper: Roman, huh? That's a Tribune's ring?
Clavius: Yes.
Inn Keeper: Have you come far?
Clavius: [narrating as he remembers a battle in Judea] Thirty years the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar has ruled the wasteland of Judea and its people. As Tribune to Prefect Ponpiu Pilate, my task is to keep order in a city that is steeped in unrest. The Jews pray to their single God, Yahweh, for the arrival of the mystical Messiah. As their religious leader, the Sanhedrin try to keep an uneasy peace. But each day creates more zealots ...
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Christian Epic
24 April 2016 | by billcr12See all my reviews

I must confess that I am a retired Catholic with strong antipathy towards all organized religion. Having stated that, I can still recommend Risen as a well made and well intentioned film by director Kevin Reynolds. The cast is uniformly excellent, with the lead, Joseph Fiennes as a Roman soldier drawn into the political intrigue at Jesus'(Yeshua here), Crucifixion and resurrection. Peter Firth is Pilate, the ultimate politician and deal maker. He uses Clavius(Fiennes) to track down the body of Yeshua after he goes missing after the required three days. It is, of course, a familiar story to most of the world. Clavius leaves no stone unturned(pardon the pun) in his search for the messiah. He eventually tracks down the twelve disciples and through a series of mysterious events, is transformed into a new man. Separating my own skepticism from the artistic merit of Risen is easy. It is a beautifully shot cinematic experience without the overdone violence of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, an extremely unpleasant viewing experience. Kevin Reynolds kept it simple and straight forward without a preaching tone. Risen is worth your time.

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Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Risen See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,801,271, 21 February 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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