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Jesus 

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A movie about the life, work and death of Jesus as we know it from the Bible.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jeremy Sisto ...  Jesus 2 episodes, 1999
Debra Messing ...  Mary Magdalene 2 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Bisset ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1999
Gary Oldman ...  Pontius Pilate 2 episodes, 1999
Claudio Amendola ...  Barabbas 2 episodes, 1999
G.W. Bailey ...  Livio 2 episodes, 1999
Luca Zingaretti ...  Peter 2 episodes, 1999
Luca Barbareschi ...  Herod Antipas 2 episodes, 1999
Christian Kohlund ...  Caiaphas 2 episodes, 1999
Elena Sofia Ricci ...  Herodias 2 episodes, 1999
Stefania Rocca ...  Mary of Bethany 2 episodes, 1999
Maria Cristina Heller ...  Martha of Bethany 2 episodes, 1999
Jeroen Krabbé ...  Satan - Man 2 episodes, 1999
Peter Gevisser ...  Lazarus 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ...  Judas Iscariot 2 episodes, 1999
Ian Duncan ...  John 2 episodes, 1999
Gilly Gilchrist ...  Andrew 2 episodes, 1999
Fabio Sartor ...  James 2 episodes, 1999
Sebastian Knapp ...  Matthew 2 episodes, 1999
Sean Harris ...  Thomas 2 episodes, 1999
Roger Hammond ...  Mordecai 2 episodes, 1999
Rick Warden ...  Jared 2 episodes, 1999
Iddo Goldberg ...  Seth 2 episodes, 1999
John H. Francis ...  Zerah 2 episodes, 1999
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Storyline

Jesus dreams of a medieval battle in the name of Jesus Christ and of a dying world war soldier who, in desperation, calls out the name: Jesus. Jesus awakes, distraught. What is the meaning of this nightmare? Why are these strangers using his name? Jesus is a simple carpenter, like his father Joseph. Both are presently looking for work, but they've been wandering for days from town to town without finding any. Times are difficult in Galilee. Roman taxes are stifling the country. The hated Jewish tax collectors, viewed by the people as traitors, rob people of their last means of subsistence. Revolts and bands of revolutionary thieves are spreading uncertainty throughout the land. Herod Antipas, the Jewish king, is merely a weak shadow of his feared father Herod the Great. The real power lies in the hands of Caiphas, the high priest. To strengthen his position, he plays the Jewish interests against the Roman interests with religious fervor. His most dangerous opponent is the new Roman ... Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Five Mile River Films | Lux Vide

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesus See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lube, Lux Vide, Beta Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | (commercial free on TBN)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Evangelist John MacArthur has criticized the series for it's lack of authenticity and unrealistic crucifixion scene as a Jew from the crowd (not dressed as a Roman) nails Jesus to the cross. This was also a big problem with the mini series Jesus of Nazareth. See more »

Goofs

The crucifixion scene in this film is totally wrong as the man nailing Jesus to the cross is not a Roman Soldier but a Jew from the crowd. See more »

Crazy Credits

In Memory of Enrico Sabatini See more »

Alternate Versions

The international version of this film includes scenes that had to be cut due to time constraints on the CBS network. These scenes include:
  • Extended version of the flashback scene where Mary tells Joseph about the angel
  • Extended version of Jesus' farewell to Mary of Bethany, with Lazarus throwing him out in anger
  • Satan showing Jesus the execution of Joan of Arc during the Gethsemane temptation
  • Extended crucifixion with closeups of the nail going into Jesus' wrist and of Him screaming
  • Brief scene of Judas hanging himself after the crucifixion
  • Alternate ending involving Jesus coming back to present day while joyously meeting up with various children
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Connections

Followed by Joseph of Nazareth (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Pie Jesu
from "Requiem"
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Sarah Brightman with Paul Miles-Kingston & The Winchester Cathedral Choir
By kind permission of The Really Useful Group Ltd., London
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very moving...
21 June 2004 | by shantaar-1See all my reviews

Seeing Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" made me want to re-watch this CBS Mini-series. What a compassionate, loving movie! Jeremy Sisto was excellent in the title role. This film was helped greatly by good music and costumes and excellent F/X. The most difficult thing about "Jesus" is it's flawed script and dumbed-down dialogue. Thats OK, it more than makes up for it. Sisto's Jesus is so human, so full of love and compassion. Debra Messing was an fine choice for Mary Magdalene and Jaqueline Bisset a surprisingly effective Mary.

They take lots of chances. Jesus is shown as the perfect priest, telling Mary of Bethany that his "life is not my own" and loving everyone as His Mother, sister and brother. What a beautiful message! The final hour of the film is the the best part, The brutal crucification and the playing of "Pie Jesu" over Jesus' burial moved me to tears. The resurrected Christ is shown joyful and smiling!!!!! This finally is Jesus, who could find joy in clear skies and still waters, who tell his apostles, in a brilliantly done "upper room" that he is "with them always". In other films they act like the story is over after Easter Sunday. In "Jesus" we know it is just beginning. Highly recommended.


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