Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
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 Jesus Christ (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Mary Magdalene (2 episodes, 1977)
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 The Centurion (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Simon Peter (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Judas Iscariot (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Herod Antipas (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Virgin Mary (2 episodes, 1977)
Tony Vogel ...
 Andrew (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John the Evangelist (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John the Baptist (2 episodes, 1977)
Jonathan Muller ...
 James I (2 episodes, 1977)
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 The Adulteress / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Herodias (2 episodes, 1977)
Sergio Nicolai ...
 James II (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Joseph of Arimathea (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Nicodemus (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Caiaphas (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Pontius Pilate (2 episodes, 1977)
John Eastham ...
 Bartholomew (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Zerah (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Amos (2 episodes, 1977)
Keith Skinner ...
 Obessed Boy / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
Keith Washington ...
 Matthew (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Amos (2 episodes, 1977)
Robert Rietty ...
 Various small roles (2 episodes, 1977)
Nikki Van der Zyl ...
 Salome (2 episodes, 1977)
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

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Its highly plausible, though not officially confirmed, that this miniseries, and the later 1979 extended version, inspired Monty Python to create Life of Brian (1979). Both have a similar plot, some of the same sets were later re-used, and in particular, the scene with Michael York as John the Baptist declaring he's not the Messiah, is part inspiration for the later "he's a very naughty boy". See more »

Goofs

When Jesus visits Jerusalem as a young boy, his family walks past the outer wall and travels past the crucifixion site where Jesus would be killed later in the movie. In this early scene, the crosses and scaffolding have already been set up with the same Roman guards who appear later in the film (set 30 years in the future) already posted by the crucifixion hill. See more »

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Version of The Passion of the Christ (2004) See more »

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Reverent portrayal of the life of Christ
6 March 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to transfer the life of Christ to the screen, and one that succeeds is Franco Zefirelli's JESUS OF NAZARETH. The story is a straighforward retelling of the synoptic gospels(Matthew, Mark, and Luke), starting with the divine revelations to Mary and Joseph of their roles as Jesus's earthly parents on the the Resurrection. The score is beautific and reverent, and the big name actors who populate the film are well-cast(no Shelley Winters or John Wayne, thankfully). Also, British actor Robert Powell gives Jesus the proper reverence and poise. Zefirelli was correct to cast him; with his angular features, wavy brown hair and light eyes, this Jesus looks like every church icon and Sunday School picture I've ever seen, something Zefirelli was aware of and used to great effect. While he passes on accuracy for effect with Jesus, the apostles, it must be noted, all resemble the Hebrew peasants, publicans, and sinners they most certainly were. The length is tolerable, primarily because Zefirelli doesn't waste film on needless, arty panoramas or slow-moving dialogue. Zefirelli does keep the action moving, but one annoying technique he employs is the now dated-looking zoom close-up, but this happens infrequently. Highly recommended.


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