The Gospel of John

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Released 2003

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The Gospel of John

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Director:
Philip Saville
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
The Gospel of John (also known as "The Visual Bible: John") is a 2003 cinematic rendition of the Biblical New Testament book of John. Its script is lifted word for word from scripture, with nothing added or omitted. It tells the well-known story of Jesus Christ (Henry Ian Kusick) as told by the apostle John (Stuart Bunch). From his birth in a manger to the virgin Mary (Diana Berrimen), to his encounters with John the Baptist (Scott Handy), his gathering of the disciples including Simon Peter (Daniel Kash), arrest and trial under Pontius Pilate (Stephen Russell), and his death and resurrection, the entire story is told. While there have been many film adaptations of the life of Christ, this version stands out for several reasons. First, for its faithful adherence to scripture. Also, for Kusick's emotive portrayal of a Christ who isn't afraid to laugh and smile when appropriate or raise his voice when addressing his enemies.

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  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Dramatically powerful, surprising in its strong narrative differences from previous cinematic tellings of "the greatest story" and bold in the extent to which it presents Jesus as ...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Though it has loftier aims, it is in reality strictly a film made by believers for believers. It's like the Discovery Channel version of the Greatest Story Ever Told, an earnest, n...

  • 42

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Altogether too faithful to its source. The makers of this ponderously middlebrow Canadian production have re-created the Gospel of John in its pristine entirety -- word for word, m...

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    Religion & Spirituality, Epics