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Gary Oldman as Pontius Pilate 2 episodes, 1999
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Jeremy Sisto as Jesus 2 episodes, 1999
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Sean Harris as Thomas 2 episodes, 1999
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Jacqueline Bisset as Mary 2 episodes, 1999
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by shantaar-17 / 10

very moving...

Seeing Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" made me want to re-watch this CBS Mini-series. What a compassionate, loving movie! Jeremy Sisto was excellent in the title role. This film was helped greatly by good music and costumes and excellent F/X. The most difficult thing about "Jesus" is it's flawed script and dumbed-down dialogue. Thats OK, it more than makes up for it. Sisto's Jesus is so human, so full of love and compassion. Debra Messing was an fine choice for Mary Magdalene and Jaqueline Bisset a surprisingly effective Mary.

They take lots of chances. Jesus is shown as the perfect priest, telling Mary of Bethany that his "life is not my own" and loving everyone as His Mother, sister and brother. What a beautiful message! The final hour of the film is the the best part, The brutal crucification and the playing of "Pie Jesu" over Jesus' burial moved me to tears. The resurrected Christ is shown joyful and smiling!!!!! This finally is Jesus, who could find joy in clear skies and still waters, who tell his apostles, in a brilliantly done "upper room" that he is "with them always". In other films they act like the story is over after Easter Sunday. In "Jesus" we know it is just beginning. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by rixter7 / 10

The Human Jesus

I am glad that someone has finally portrayed Jesus as a man and not as an angelic Superman. This is a Jesus that I could follow. A Jesus that joked with his friends and yet they knew He was more than just a man. A Jesus who could fall into temptation and yet knew he had a higher calling. I'm sure that some will be upset with Sisto's Jesus as being TOO modern, but he portrayed Him as a Christ for all the ages. I wish that more biblical movies would have their characters as human beings and not cardboard cut-outs.

Reviewed by Bunuel19766 / 10

Jesus {Parts I & II}(Roger Young, 1999; TV) **1/2

Needless to say, I was somewhat wary of going through yet another 3-hour visualization of Christ's life (which had been partly shot in Malta, by the way!),especially as the other efforts I had previously watched from this "Bible-In-Pictures" TV series were hardly inspiring! That said, this emerged a somewhat more successful venture with some unexpected and rather interesting touches (but more on that later) to complement an authentic sense of time and place (actually a common trait throughout the series).

To begin with, this presents an over-age Joseph (Armin Mueller-Stahl, who is oddly shown to die – presumably of a stroke or heart-attack – when his hope of the Jews' deliverance are quashed by his laid-back and apparently indecisive son!) and Mary (Jacqueline Bisset – who, for no very good reason, follows Christ through most of his exploits) to Jeremy Sisto's boyish (and, frankly, too human) Jesus. In fact, the latter seems just as ready to engage in a dance and games-playing as he is in healing or generally spreading the Word of God (he is also involved in a romance – which, of course, he has to suppress – though not with Mary Magdalene but rather with Mary, sister of Lazarus)! Incidentally, the first half of the film does seem like merely a succession of miracles with little concerning what Christ was really all about!; of course, this aspect is adequately addressed in Part II – but I think that His 'mission statement', so to speak, should have been upfront rather than feeling like an afterthought!

Thankfully, to liven things up lest the over-familiarity of it all should render events stale and dull, the supporting cast is an eclectic bunch of actors. The more notable were Gary Oldman (as a rather depraved Pilate),Luca Barbareschi (yes, he of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST {1980}, as Herod Antipas!),G.W. Bailey (whom I basically knew from 5 "Police Academy" movies where he had been a rather memorable foil to the gang, as a fictional and wittily shrewd Roman adviser to both rulers – to the court's delight, he even turns Jesus' outburst at the temple into a mini-play!) and Jeroen Krabbe' (as a flamboyant Satan, appearing to Jesus intermittently throughout – sometimes replaced by a sultry-looking female! - in modern dress and leading him through pages from future history to make a case that Mankind would prove ungrateful for His ultimate sacrifice).

The apostles, of course, get their due (notably Peter, Thomas and Judas – it is intriguing that his betrayal is depicted here as having been an attempt to provoke the Jews into a collective uprising against the oppressive Roman forces!) though, typically, a few of them emerge as mere ciphers. The passion and death sequences are par for the course, though this particular Jesus does seem to externalize the bodily harm somewhat more vociferously (again, perhaps as a sign that he was not merely divine).

For the record, director Young also tackled the lives of Joseph – the one who was sold to Egypt by his brothers, that is, not Jesus' adoptive father – and Moses (both in 1995),Solomon (in 1997) and Saint Paul (in 2000). Incidentally, the series also individually tackled the characters of Saint Joseph and Mary Magdalene (both in 2000) as well as Judas and Thomas (both in 2001)! In the end, while many of these historical figures have been revived in TV mini-serieses over the last two decades, hardly any have left a lasting impact (unlike the admittedly less realistic and usually more naïve examples from the Golden Age of Epic movie-making!)...

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