Jesus

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • G
  • Biography, Religious

Produced by Bill Bright, who tried unsuccessfully to persuade Cecil B. DeMille to remake his silent KING OF KINGS (1927) and later founded the Campus Crusade for Christ, and John Heyman, who had previously produced a series of 15-minute shorts based on Bible stories, this uninspired film recounts the life and death of Jesus Christ (British stage actor Brian...read more

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Produced by Bill Bright, who tried unsuccessfully to persuade Cecil B. DeMille to remake his silent KING OF KINGS (1927) and later founded the Campus Crusade for Christ, and John Heyman, who had previously produced a series of 15-minute shorts based on Bible stories, this uninspired film recounts the life and death of Jesus Christ (British stage actor Brian Deacon) as told in the gospel of St. Luke. Shot on location in Israel with a largely Israeli cast, including Yemenite Jewish extras whom the filmmakers believed most resembled the people of Jesus' time, the film was vetted by religious scholars and narrated by Alexander Scourby, the voice of The American Foundation For The Blind's Living Bible. The filmmakers' decision to stick closely to the original text and avoid the kind of psychological exploration that might have brought the characters to life resulted in a film as two-dimensional as an animated cartoon or the kind of religious filmstrip traditionally shown to parochial school students. Undaunted by the film's generally poor reviews and disappointing box office performance, Bright formed the Jesus Film Project to translate the script into languages ranging from Spanish and Russian to Hindi and Kwanyama. By 2004, the film had been translated into nearly 850 languages and widely disseminated on film and video by missionaries and other religious individuals and groups, though the Campus Crusade's claims that it is the most viewed film of all time are unsubstantiated.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: G
  • Review: Produced by Bill Bright, who tried unsuccessfully to persuade Cecil B. DeMille to remake his silent KING OF KINGS (1927) and later founded the Campus Crusade for Christ, and John Heyman, who had previously produced a series of 15-minute shorts based on Bi… (more)

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