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The Gospel of John (2003)



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Veteran British filmmaker Philip Saville directs the religious epic The Gospel of John, a production of the Canadian company Visual Bible International. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel According to John, written sometime during the first century. The gospel contains four segments: an introduction to the nature of Jesus Christ; testimony by disciples and the presence of miracles; the Last Supper and crucifixion; and the appearance of the risen Christ. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and Christopher Plummer provides voice-over narration. The Gospel of John was shown in a special presentation at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.
PG-13 (for violence involving the crucifixion)
Classics , Drama
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Daniel Kash
as Peter
Richard Lintern
as Leading Pharisee
Scott Handy
as John the Baptist
John Handy
as John the Baptist
Lynsey Baxter
as Mary Magdalene
Andrew Pifko
as Philip
Elliot Levey
as Nathanael
Diego Matamoros
as Nicodemus
Andy Velasquez
as Thomas the Twin
Alan Van Sprang
as Judas Iscariot
Stuart H. Fox
as Blind Man
David Meyer
as Lame Man
Nancy Palk
as Samaritan Woman
Diana Berriman
as Mary, Mother of Jesus
Nicholas Van Burek
as Young Levite
Cedric Smith
as Caiaphas
William Pappas
as Elderly Levite
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Critic Reviews for The Gospel of John

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (18)

It's a straightforward, unimaginative narrative, and thus not very memorable.

Full Review… | April 2, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The sad truth is that director Philip Saville and writer John Goldsmith have made a picture book rather than a film, one that leans so heavily on Christopher Plummer's placid voice-over narration as to be cinematically inert.

Full Review… | April 2, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Events unfold as chronological vignettes, and there's little room for screenwriter John Goldsmith to reimagine scenes to mine their full dramatic potential.

Full Review… | April 1, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Turns out to be surprisingly robust.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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I found this Gospel long, dull and, for the most part, acted without apparent inspiration.

February 13, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Although it might test the patience of the non-believer, for those who take their Christianity seriously, this probably is worth seeing.

February 12, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Gospel of John

The first time I watched this movie, I was captivated. I am hoping to purchase it soon. It is a must see for all believers the best one yet of The Gospel of John. I didn't watch it for entertainment. I watched it for enlightenment and knowledge. I have read the Gospel many times this film brought it to life for me. Henry Cusik did a fantastic job portraying Christ. One of the hardest people to portray ever. I enjoyed how it followed the scriptures word for word. The narration was completely understandable. Those who give this film a bad review were clearly looking for entertainment and not looking for a blessing. I was blessed from watching this. I pray many others will be blessed also.

Anne Kiser
Anne Kiser

Because it honors the text, I give it the highest possible rating. Critics who claim it fails because it does not re-interpret do so because they do not respect the words of a Gospel revered by millions across millenia. I watched it again and again, not because of the quality of acting or sets but because it presents the extraordinary words which can never be matched by a modern re-imagining.

Ben Thomas
Ben Thomas

The Gospel of John movie is based on the writings from the New Testament. If tells about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ from the eyes of John the disciple. The film goes hand in hand with the scriptural writing of the Gospel of John. A huge difference between all the gospels and Johns was that he didn't focus on the birth of Christ at the beginning but with the creation of the world. Then moving onto the miracles and teachings of Jesus and his disciples. The film skipped the nativity scene, which refers to the birth of Jesus from the Virgin Mary. John the Baptist his testimony to the Messiah coming, was another key part to the film. It was him that baptized Jesus, which was a key aspect to the Christianity because even Christ was baptized which shows there isn't any man who doesn't need baptism for spiritual salvation. The Jews were outraged by the teaching Jesus and claimed that he was teaching false beliefs. This made the Jewish rulers to force the Roman rulers to have Jesus brought before them. The Romans knew that if they failed to listen to the people it would put extreme pressure on them. Therefore they gave the people what they wanted, Jesus crucified. There are many connections between this film and world religions. This is a Christianity film, Christianity is a growing religion and is the largest religion in the world today. The gospel of John is a book of scripture that is in the Bible, all Christians except the Bible therefore the gospel of John is taught regularly. I really felt like the film and the gospel of John are very in tune with each other. It is a great film for those to learn the key aspects about Christ, if you're a known believer.

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