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Close to Jesus (2001)

Maria Grazia Cucinotta , Massimo Ghini , Elisabetta Marchetti , Raffaele Mertes  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Massimo Ghini, Giuliana de Sio, Gottfried John, Nathalie Caldonazzo
  • Directors: Elisabetta Marchetti, Raffaele Mertes
  • Writers: Franco Bernini, Gareth Jones, Gianmario Pagano
  • Producers: Ferdinand Dohna, Loretta Bernabei, Luca Bernabei
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Barnholtz Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015HX18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Close to Jesus" on IMDb

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Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/22/2007

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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is Jesus? March 5, 2004
By A Customer
I just received this DVD set a week ago and have not stopped watching it. Biblical scriptures and stories have been brought so much closer to home. A few acting scenes leave much to be desired but overall I think that this set is very good - but what I want to know is the name of the actor that plays Jesus in the stories of Mary, Judas, and Thomas. I think he does a phenomenal job and really the only thing that I don't like about this set is that the cast is not included in the credits. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHO PLAYED JESUS THEN PLEASE LEAVE A POSTING HERE. Thank you so much.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I had viewed & taped off air, the program on Mary Magdelene, with commercials. I didn't even know there were more programs in, what I guess is best called a "mini-series". The title characters in this series are barely given notice in scripture. With Mary Magdelene, her identity has become s much legand, that we really don't know her. She has been a mixture of various unnamed women in the Gospels - the woman whoentered a house where Jesus was having supper & washed her feet with her tears & dried them with her hair, the woman posessed by demons, thewoman caught in adultry. Could Mary Magdelene have really been all of these women "rolled into one"? Yes, it's possible, but unlikely. In this series, she is portrayed as a wife, whose womb was barren. Her husband divorced her for this, plus, he had fallen in love with another woman. She enters a life with a Roman officer, and then becomes a servant of Herodian, the second wife of Herod. Then, she meets Jesus & becomes one of his followers.

Joseph of Nazareth, is of course, Jesus' earthly father, who with Mary raised Jesus. In scripture, he isn't even quoted as saying even one word. We know he betrothed Mary. Mary rceived the annoncement that she was going to give birth to the Messiah. She traveled and visied a relative, Elizabeth & stayed with her until after Elizabeth's baby was born. When she returned to Nazareth, she was definately pregnant. Joseph knew he was not the father of the baby in her womb. He was going to divorce her, until an angel spoke to him. Then, he took Mary & brought her to his home. She was ready to give birth & they went to Bethlehem to register for the census. She gave birth there. The magi visited Herod to ask where the King of the Jews was.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but not biblical March 31, 2006
I only watched the first episode on the 4 disc--Mary Magdalene. I know that I am re-studying the bible and as I was watching thie movie, it made logical sense why Mary slept with many men...when Jesus initially was there when she was about to be stoned for her adultery and later at the well, said you are married to 5 husbands (meaning intimate contact with men)...but this movie did not illustrate or show that and surprisingly showed her with the anointed oil, kissing his feet and washing it with her tears and wiping it with her hair...thought this was another woman with no name in the Bible...however it was well-written and brought tears to my eyes since women are mistreated and sometimes viewed as a prize or piece of meat as they explained in the movie (a man's possession and not to ever love them)....I enjoyed the acting (astounding and superb) and want to buy it and watch the other versions from the Public Library!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect selection for your library January 15, 2013
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I have seen a lot of videos about the life of Jesus. Close to Jesus is the best I have seen for helping the viewer understand the relationships Jesus probably had with 4 for his followers. The quality is excellent and the acting is believable.

Another would be a DVD titled Who Was Jesus. That is an excellent DVD for helping the viewer understand how people lived during the Jesus' time. It also deals with the politics of the time.

My third pick would be a DVD titled Visual Bible: Matthew. That video seemed to focus more on scripture from the book of Matthew. It is the story of Jesus as told by Matthew. Recreation of the sermon on the mount is very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent creative writing w/biblical base June 1, 2013
By derek
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this and was surprised i would like it so much as it is NOT bible history, each vignette is a creative exploration and expansion (based on what is known Biblically) of 4 real life characters in the life of Jesus. The writing is creative and same time credible, reflecting what the Bible implies (as much of it is a creative reconstruction of these lives). It is a high quality project, sets, costumes, etc...But especially high is the quality of the acting. Some of these actors are not household names but give such polished perfomances one wonders why we dont see them more. I speak especially of the actors who played St Joseph: Tobias Moretti, and the actor who played Thomas: Ricky Tognazzi. Powerful, totally unself-conscious performances. Very inspiring. I was disappointed in the actor who played Christ; of recent movies the most powerful performance of Jesus has been Henry Ian Cusick in Gospel of John, and Diogo Morgado in The Bible, and of course, the forever incomparable Jim Caviezel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Remus
This is a very sweet and compelling view of Our Lord and Savior made by wonderful Italian TV creators. I especially like how Jesus and the good Disciples are portrayed by handsome (actually, kind of hot) Italian-looking actors, while Judas looks like an ugly, big-nosed Jew. Or maybe an Arab. As a born-again Christian and active member of the Tea Party, that is the kind of historical accuracy I look for in my TV shows. When I die and they open the Pearly Gates for me, I look forward to being surrounding by beautiful, holy Italians (and maybe some pretty blonds), not ugly, big-nosed Semites. (As for the Afro people, bless their souls, I suspect they have a kind of basement paradise, where the servants live.) Praise Jesus and always vote 101 per cent Tea Party!
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Published 2 months ago by Juan A. Oleaga
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have this
I first saw this on tv and never forgot it. When I saw the dvd I knew I had to get this.
Published 3 months ago by GmommyD
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movies
Though I have been able to watch this movie yet, I'm sure it great like all the other movies I purchased. Thank you for having these types of movies available.
Published 6 months ago by Joe Ann McQuaige
5.0 out of 5 stars 8TH GRADE
WE HOMESCHOOL, SO WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE BIBLE CLASS,PRAY LEARN ABOUT, GOD JESUS AND HEAVEN.WE ARE NOT TOLD THAT GOD CAN NOT BE IN OUR CLASSROOM, HOME,HEARTS, BODY,SOULS, AND... Read more
Published 6 months ago by season
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Magdalene and Thomas DVD Resource
I would buy this DVD as a gift to help heal anyone who has experienced abuse, betrayal, adoption parenting and deception experiences. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Grace
Movies of the life of Jesus that brings home the persons close to Him as they recall and account their lives around Him.+
Published 9 months ago by Lou Gmiter Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars CLOSE TO JESUS
THE BEST DESCRIPTION EVER OF ALL THE BIBLE STORIES.
VERY HAPPY TO RECEIVE THIS ITEM FOR GREAT KNOWLEDGE
I AM VERY SATISFIED.
Published 12 months ago by JOSEPHINE DIAZTREJO
4.0 out of 5 stars When the men ran away
Nowhere in the Scriptures does it say that Mary Magdaleme was a
prostitute, reformed or otherwise. Read more
Published 15 months ago by hawkeye
3.0 out of 5 stars Crose to Jesus
Close to Jesus: I liked the Mary Magdalene part. I have not yet seen the other sections of the movie.
Published 21 months ago by Robert J. Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie so candidly analyzes the key relationships in Jesus' life!!...
I was impressed with the honest portrayal of Jesus' closest confidantes and followers. I felt that I could truly relate to each of them. I loved Him more after watching this!
Published 21 months ago by Jenny
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