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40 Nights (2016)

TV-PG | | Drama | 7 June 2016 (USA)
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"40 Nights" is the first of the QUEST TRILOGY - films sharing alike themes of sacrifice and faith. These films focus on less known events from the biblical age. The first film examines the ... See full summary »

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Jesse Low

Writer:

DJ Perry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
DJ Perry ... Jesus
Rance Howard ... Devil as an Old Man
Taymour Ghazi ... Devil as a Man
Joey Cipriano ... Young Jesus (as Joe Cipriano)
Melissa Anschutz ... Mary
Shane Hagedorn ... Gabriel
Drew Wise ... Devil as a Boy / Allon
Terry Jernigan ... John the Baptist
Taylor Nichols ... Joseph
Dan Haggerty ... Yahweh
Eddie Kaulukukui ... John
Dean Teaster ... The Poor Man
Logan Kishi ... Shepherd Boy
Rebecca Lawlor Rebecca Lawlor ... Temptress
Stetson Bloomfield Stetson Bloomfield ... Andrew
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"40 Nights" is the first of the QUEST TRILOGY - films sharing alike themes of sacrifice and faith. These films focus on less known events from the biblical age. The first film examines the pre-ministry life of Jesus (DJ Perry) starting with his baptism with John the Baptist (Terry Jernigan). From there Jesus embarks on his self- exploration journey into the wilderness for 40 nights. He is tempted by the Devil thrice in various forms. Audiences will be treated to a stronger portrayal of Jesus that peeks at his childhood and family upbringing. The result is a Jesus that invokes empathy and sheds light on the true magnitude of his sacrifice for mankind. Written by CDI

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Faith V Fear

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty Nights See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA

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Collective Development See more »
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"40 Nights" was the last film for iconic 70's TV star Dan "Grizzly Adams" Haggerty as the voice of God. See more »

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While satan is tempting Jesus to turn a stone into bread, tire tracks can be seen to the right in a small open area. See more »

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A Journey of Spirituality and Faith
14 May 2016 | by darsisylvesterSee all my reviews

There are several things I enjoy about this original Biblical drama movie. One is that no one has ever focused before on imagining the true test Jesus was put to in the desert for 40 days and nights tempted by Satan. An account of the search for the faith and strength that lies within him. In this movie, we see the human side of Christ and flashbacks of his past as he sets off on his journey of fasting to prepare his soul for sacrifice. I like that the movie's style of dialogue and visual style are consistent with each other. Biblical dramas in the 50s and 60s had more of the "European painting" and theatrical look to them, and dialogue that was theatrically stilted, because they were more like large-scale pageants. In this movie, the dialogue is not poetic or theatrical at all, but more realistic, in keeping with the gritty visual look. It was filmed in Yuma AZ desert and though it was impossible to show the largeness of Jerusalem, I didn't feel cheated out of anything worthwhile. The scenery and panoramic shots took my breath away. There also were many special affects that enhanced the realism and powers of Satan and the Angels. I like that the movie doesn't show anything except what Jesus Christ experiences. His interactions, memories and personal internal battles. Some people might call it a suspenseful mystery, but it seemed more to me like a character-focused drama where Jesus must make choices based on the knowledge given to him. A film that will inspire, whether a believer or not. It is thought provoking and challenging. DJ Perry is superb as Jesus. Perfect Lenten material as one reflects upon his or her relationship with Jesus. It's a pretty interesting movie. I loved it.


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