The Gospel of John (2003)
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as Leading Pharisee
as John the Baptist
as Mary Magdalene
as Thomas the Twin
as Judas Iscariot
as Blind Man
as Lame Man
as Samaritan Woman
as Mary, Mother of Jes...
as Young Levite
as Elderly Levite
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Critic Reviews for The Gospel of John
It's a straightforward, unimaginative narrative, and thus not very memorable.
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.
Events unfold as chronological vignettes, and there's little room for screenwriter John Goldsmith to reimagine scenes to mine their full dramatic potential.
I found this Gospel long, dull and, for the most part, acted without apparent inspiration.
Although it might test the patience of the non-believer, for those who take their Christianity seriously, this probably is worth seeing.
Audience Reviews for The Gospel of John
This is the most beautiful film about Jesus that i´ve seen.
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.
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.
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