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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
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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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2000 years ago one man changed the world forever. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

(2 parts) | (commercial free on TBN)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jeremy Sisto is actually a practicing Buddhist due to his father, though he grew up having Roman Catholic faith. See more »

Goofs

When the officials are talking about taking the adultress before Jesus to trap him, her eye makeup is all smeared. Yet when they are talking to Jesus, it's been cleaned up. 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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Version of The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) See more »

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I Need You
Written by Ty Lacy & Dennis Matkosky
Produced for Le Ann Rimes by the Acrynon Production Group
Le Ann Rimes appears courtesy of Curb Records
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Less passion, more compassion
28 March 2004 | by livewire-6See all my reviews

Forget Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ". "Jesus", the television mini-series first aired in 1999, and reprised (the second half only) in March 2004, offers a more comprehensive view of Jesus' ministry, mission, death and resurrection. It provides a better understanding of the reason for His death -- not so much the result of political infighting between Romans and Jews, as Jesus' acceptance of His Father's will that humanity should be redeemed by one deed, one life of perfect obedience and love.

Sure, there are some historical improbabilities in the mini-series. For one thing, Pilate (Gary Oldman) and Herod are shown as being on good terms with each other. The Gospels tell us they did not become friends until the day Jesus died. The calling of the apostles looks amusingly as if Jesus is choosing up sides for a game of scrub, followed by a group hug.

But the crucifixion scene is accurate in its detail, yet not as excruciating (I use the term deliberately because it is derived from the Latin noun "crux" or cross) as Gibson's gorefest.

There are also some other very nice touches. Chief among them is Jesus' temptation by Satan, played by Jeroen Krabbe, attired as a 21st-century corporate executive. Satan tries to convince Jesus (Jeremy Sisto) that His sacrifice will be in vain because humanity will use religion to perpetrate acts of hatred such as the Crusades. He suggests that, with a wave of His hand, Jesus can make humans and life on earth perfect. But that would mean denying people freedom of choice. Jesus resists the temptation, believing in the power of love freely chosen.

Debra Messing ("Will and Grace") turns in a very creditable performance as Mary Magdalene. So does Jacqueline Bisset as Mary, the mother of Jesus. The raising of Lazarus is a very powerful scene, and Jesus' own resurrection goes beyond the empty tomb to its effect on the apostles -- something Gibson fails to show.

"Jesus", the TV miniseries, succeeds where Gibson's movie fails -- by showing less passion, and more compassion.


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