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The Visual Bible: Acts (1994)

A visual interpretation of the Book of Acts of the Apostle from the Bible.


Saint Luke (story), Joyce Marcarelli (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Luke
Henry O. Arnold Henry O. Arnold ... Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus
Jennifer O'Neill ... Lydia
Francesco Quinn ... Stephen
James Brolin ... Simon Peter
Wilson Dunster Wilson Dunster ... Barnabas
Andre Jacobs ... John
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... Festus
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Annas
Chris Truter Chris Truter ... Silas
Peter Krummeck ... Aquila
Jana Cilliers Jana Cilliers ... Priscilla
James Ryan ... James, brother of Jesus
Dale Cutts Dale Cutts ... Cornelius
David Clatworthy David Clatworthy ... Philip Evangelist


A visual interpretation of the Book of Acts of the Apostle from the Bible.

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Release Date:

1 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falling Fire: The Gift of the Spirit See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »


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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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James Brolin was paid $400,000 to appear. Brolin, who's atheist, was said to be very professional on the set. See more »


During the scene where Peter and John heal the crippled man in the temple, the boom mic is visible for a few seconds. See more »


Version of Life of St. Paul (1938) See more »

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Great Satire on the life of Saul aka Paul
29 April 2015 | by erichansen1836See all my reviews

Great film that depicts Saul/Paul in a satirical way as an insane man who thinks he is an apostle and who goes about preaching a mysterious Good News which we never know what it is he is preaching? He performs miracles by his own power without using the Name of Jesus, is mistaken for a god, accepts free gifts from folks believing him a god, and performs parallel miracles and actions which mimic those of Jesus and his 12 Apostles (11 + Matthias). It is evident that a LAW is a work: The LAW of THEO-DYNAMICS which I state as: "For every action of Jesus and his 12 Apostles, there is an unequal but similar reaction by Saul/Paul (Devil's cohort)".

A few choice PARALLEL events:

Jesus blesses and heals a man blind from birth, which no one has ever done. JOHN'S GOSPEL

Many believed in Jesus because of this miracle. Paul curses a man (a sorcerer) causing him to become blind. ACTS 13 (lucky 13)

The man was telling the Governor of Paphos not to listen to Paul's preaching.

(we don't know if Paul's preaching testified to the risen Jesus or not from the text.)

The text tells us that the Governor believed in Paul's message upon seeing Paul blind the man.

That's funny, Jesus always cured people of lameness and blindness and demons in order for

people to believe his message.

(Paul claims to have been blinded when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus)

Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead after 4 days. Jesus brings great glory to God.

Jesus soon thereafter eats the Passover Supper with Lazarus and Jesus' Disciples. JOHN'S GOSPEL Paul talks on and on (big wind bag) until midnight to a group of people, one man falls asleep and

falls out the window 3 stories to the ground and dies. Paul brings him back to life without

using the Name of Jesus, nor mentioning Jesus, nor giving glory to both Jesus and God.

Then Paul preached again to them until morning. God only knows what Paul preached about all

evening and through the night until morning? (not mentioned in the text)

Paul eats the Lord's Supper with these people in the upstairs room the man fell from. ACTS 20.

Peter heals a man born lame, using the Name of Jesus, bringing great glory to the Father. ACTS 3 Paul heals a man born lame, NOT using the Name of Jesus, the people think Paul is a god

and they bring flowers and sacrifices to him, and finally they stone Paul almost to death. ACTS 14

Jesus compares himself to Moses' fiery snake-on-a-pole which Moses lifted up in the wilderness

for the sinning, poisonous snake bit Israelites to behold and be healed/live. GOSPEL JOHN Paul becomes bit by a snake which latches onto his hand, Paul shakes the snake off into the

fire. Paul does not die, and the people think he is a god. Paul doesn't deny it. ACTS 28

ACTS 26:24, "Paul, you are insane. Your long studying has broken your mind!" (Gov. Festus)

Jesus turned simple gifts (loaves/fishes) into enough to care for the needs of 1000's of people. GOSPELS Paul received gifts from those believing him to be a god (Jesus' Name not used). ACTS 28:10

Jesus was the perfect man, sinless, a Lamb without spot, ready to die for the sins of the world.

GOSPELS Paul portrayed himself to his followers as a perfect man, not guilty of the blood of anyone,

because he never failed to preach Jesus to them. Paul says he worked with his hands to

pay his own way, so as not to be a burden to anyone. Yet there is plenty of evidence from ACTS

that Paul failed to present Jesus as Savior, failed to give credit to Jesus (or Jesus' Name)

when preaching and performing miracles and when avoiding death and when predicting the future.

Paul received many gifts from the folks believing him to be a god. Paul didn't tell them otherwise,

that he wasn't a god, or, Paul told them this only when it was too late. ACTS 14:14,15; ACTS 28:6,10

Peter is arrested by Temple guards, put into prison and in chains, chained to 2 soldiers, then released by an angel

during the night before he was to be executed. Sixteen guards had guarded Peter. ACTS 12:6 Paul is arrested by Roman soldiers, put into prison and in chains, guarded by 1 jailer who disappears, then released by an angel causing an earthquake? ACTS

Jesus preached that, HUMAN POWER IS OF NO USE AT ALL. Believe I am the Son of God, sent by God. JOHN's GOSPEL. Paul preached that sinners must forsake their way and prove repentance by doing good deeds. ACTS 26:20.

Jesus was brought before Annas father-in-law to Caiaphas the high priest. "How dare you talk like that

to the high priest!", said the temple guard (referring to Jesus). And the temple guard slapped Jesus across

the mouth. Jesus answered, "If I have said anything wrong, tell everyone here what it was? But if I have

told the truth, why do you hit me?" GOSPEL OF JOHN Paul was brought before Ananias the high priest (and the Council). Paul was ordered slapped across the mouth.

Paul answered, "God shall slap you, you whitewashed pigpen. What kind of judge are you to break the law

yourself by ordering me struck like that?" ACTS 23

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