Peter and Paul (1981)





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Like many of the great movie Biblical epics of yore, Peter and Paul is stronger on spectacle than substance. Christopher Knopf's teleplay traces several years in the lives of the intellectual Peter (Robert Foxworth) and the religious zealot Paul (Anthony Hopkins). We first meet Peter and Paul at the Crucifixion, and last see the disciples when they are martyred at the hands of the emperor Nero (Julian Fellowes) in 64 AD. In the tradition of The Greatest Story Ever Told, the film's timeless spiritual value is reduced to contemporary Hollywood terms by including a large, often inappropriate cast of "special guest stars." Filmed in Greece, the two-part, four-hour Peter and Paul, premiered on Easter Day, 1981.
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Robert Foxworth
as Peter the Fisherman
Anthony Hopkins
as Paul the Apostle
Raymond Burr
as Herod Agrippa I
Eddie Albert
as Festus
Herbert Lom
as Barnabas
Jean Peters
as Priscilla
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Critic Reviews for Peter and Paul

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That the film is a success is largely due to the wild, impassioned performance of Anthony Hopkins as Paul.

Full Review… | November 29, 2015

Audience Reviews for Peter and Paul

(1981 Director: Robert Day) this is a superior TV mini-series which I just saw for the first time about 6 months ago. Anthony Hopkins is memorable as the Roman Saul of Tarsis turned Apostle Paul during his travels on the road to Damascus. Worth see. I should note that it has recently been shown twice on TBN (Channel 21) U.S. Christian programming. Could you guess his co-stars?? Jon Finch, Raymond Burr (as King Herod), Eddie Albert (Festus-Local Govt leader), JOhn Fhys-Davies (As John the Baptist) & includes the very handsome Robert Foxworth as the Apostle Peter.

Teresa S
Teresa S

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Solid film that mom wanted me to watch. Who knew that Anthony Hopkins played one of the major New Testament figures? I didn't, but he was effective as usual. The guy playing Peter was quite good as well. It was made for TV, so the sets and costumes are a bit dated, and some of the minor actors are subpar. But this was way better than most Christian movies turn out, and they really didn't hold back on the subject matter.

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