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Jesus (1999)

A movie about the life, work and death of Jesus as we know it from the Bible.

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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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14 May 2000 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts) | (commercial free on TBN)

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Trivia

Jeremy Sisto is actually a practicing Buddhist. 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 »

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Pontius Pilate: Did you hear what they want, Jesus? They would rather have a murderer than you.
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In Memory of Enrico Sabatini See more »

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Follows Jeremiah (1998) See more »

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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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Amazing....
17 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

After becoming enchanted by Jeremy Sisto in the recent TNT "Caesar" I bought this film.

Being a Christian, I have always been left flat by the way Jesus is portrayed in film and pulpit alike. For Christ to have successfully died for my sins, He had to be like me. He had to share my emotions, my temptations, and my pain as well as my happiness, joy and love of life. He had to triumph over those human weaknesses when I can not. IF it were not so, He did not complete God's plan. Sisto's portrayal did not leave me disappointed in him, OR in my Christ.

Jesus in this film is a man who loves life, loves people, and loves his God. This is not a Jesus who seems to withdraw into the knowledge that he is destined for early death, but rather embraces those for whom he will die.

The Crucifiction scene left me shaken and on my knees in praise and thanksgiving. This Jesus did not meekly or stoically have his life taken. The howls and screams of pain and rejection from his God left me in tears and weak. When crying to God asking why he had forsaken him, every muscle in Sisto's body was shaking. Truly a shattering event when you have come to see your Lord in this man's portrayal of the Christ.

When Christ says he will be with us "always" I believe him and I am thankful.

Truly a masterpiece, but without Jeremy Sisto's performance and vision, I'm not sure this film works as well. With it, it's a 10 of 10.


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