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Judas (2004)

Johnathon Schaech , Jonathan Scarfe , Charles Robert Carner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnathon Schaech, Jonathan Scarfe, Tim Matheson, Fiona Glascott, Owen Teale
  • Directors: Charles Robert Carner
  • Writers: Tom Fontana
  • Producers: Ann Wingate, Frank R. Desiderio, Marco Valerio Pugini, Tom Fontana
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ERWTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Judas" on IMDb

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JUDAS recounts the story of the relationship between Jesus and the disciple who becomes infamous for betraying him. When Judas (Schaech) first meets Jesus, he is unsure what to make of this simple man whose words speak volumes. Upon getting to know him better, Judas decides to become one of Jesus’ twelve disciples and encourages Jesus to use his popularity to free the Jews. Jewish leaders later convince Judas of the greater good in betraying Jesus, and he decides to turn over his friend and leader to Caiaphus and Pontius Pilate who condemn Jesus to death.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's never too late" August 29, 2004
This film gives an "alternate possibility" for the eternal life of Judas, after he betrayed the Lord and hung himself on the tree, and though there are many scriptural inaccuracies, the film is always reverent in its portrayal of Jesus, and shows him as strong, and knowing His destiny. Jonathan Scarfe is appealing in the part, and in appearance is light-haired and somewhat like a Durer painting of Christ.
As Judas, Jonathon Schaech has a forceful personality and swarthy good looks, and gives us a Judas that above all wants temporal power, has little understanding of the true kingdom of God, and is hostile to anything that doesn't include the expulsion by force of the Romans out of Judea.

Pontius Pilate (Tim Matheson) is played as a weak bumbler whose greatest dread is being transferred to Albania because of his ineffectiveness. He also has trouble taking his paws off his skimpily clad wife, Claudia Procles. Claudia (Fiona Glascott in a high camp performance) is a bossy little wench with an annoying voice, and seems to know more about the laws and how to implement them than the men in charge, reminding me of the TV ads where the woman tells the idiot guys where it's at.
Others in the cast of note are Owen Teal as Flavius and Bob Gunton as Caiaphas.

Filmed in 2001, this sat on the shelf until the interest in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" spurred the executives at ABC Television to give this a chance, and it was aired in March of 2004.
Shot on location in Morocco, it has some nice cinematography by Michael Goi, and a lovely score by Bill Conti; the writing credits go to Executive Producer Tom Fontana (from the sharp and critically acclaimed series "Homicide: Life on the Streets"), and has some distinctly unbiblical language.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE PASSION OF JUDAS October 7, 2004
Long considered the necessary scapegoat in the crucifixion of Christ, Judas Iscariot has remained a mystery in many ways. If he was "predestined" to be the one who betrays Jesus, why did it make sense for him to be the one? As portrayed in this movie, Judas was a militant, one who wanted power and glory in his quest to liberate the Jews from the Romans power. He was also jealous of Jesus' love for anyone else, and his despair as necessary as Jesus' execution.

Johnathon Schaech has the brooding sensitivity to adequately bring his role to life; Jonathan Scarfe as Jesus is a little too Scandinavian to be convincing in appearance, yet he delivers his lines earnestly and with religious fervor; Tim Matheson seems a little too "Hollywood" in his portrayal of Pilate.

Filmed in a brief time and on a shoestring budget, "Judas" received attention after the phenomenal success of "The Passion of the Christ." It is a more sanitized version of the story of Jesus, but its lack of strong graphic violence will make it a must for those who felt Gibson's Passion was too passionate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Judas and Jesus for Modern Time January 10, 2007
The film JUDAS has a well-written screenplay by Tom Fontana which weaves together the theme of Judas (Johnathon Schaech)as the voice of power and violence and Jesus (Jonathon Scarfe)of love and peace. The pacifist side of Jesus is often scorned in our day and many people are not ready to believe in a humble Jesus. It is unlikely in Biblical times that Judas could speak to a person of the high priest status, but such a talk would seem reasonable today. This is a story that fits our colloquial English and modern sensibilities.

The gospels don't fully explain why Judas betrays Jesus, so the imaginative tale of Judas' mother who needs a funeral, fills the gap. The music underscores the power of God in scenes such as, when Jesus pays a poor man's taxes and then asks Mathew, the tax collector, to follow Him. Background information is explained by the expanded role of Pilate's wife. Why Judas had to identify Jesus, was imagined to be because the centurion, named Flavius, could not identify Him because he had been arrested for refusing to capture Jesus. The film makes parts of the Bible come alive as for example, when the disciples gained the ability to go two-by-two to heal. This is often omitted from stories about Jesus because it is difficult to dramatize. Using low tech camera tricks instead of computer graphics, made the healing seem more real to me. Judas suggestion that the disciples pay for their ministry by highway robbery, adds poignancy to Jesus in the garden saying "Did you come with swords to capture me, as though I were a common thief?"

I found this story to be very inspiring. I hope it will be shown again on TV. It would be a good story for churches to show to their teenagers who strive to be like Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Value of a Well-Executed Audio Enhancement March 9, 2012
SPOILER ALERT! My comments pertain primarily to the ending of this movie so I'd recommend NOT reading past this point if you haven't already seen it. As with most movies, there were some scenes that I liked more than others. But rather than dwell on the ones I didn't like, I'm choosing instead to reflect positively on my favorite scene, this being the last one. The image I recall is one where a couple of Jesus' apostles were praying over the lifeless body of Judas who had committed the final act in the drama of fleeing from the realities of mortal existence. Something was spoken about their prayers being in accordance with what Jesus would want them to do. And then as the praying voices of these devotedly loyal apostles gradually fades into the shadow-kissed corners of the smoothly transitionalized soundstage, the voice of the Master Himself fades in until the perceived volume of Jesus' voice praying in unison with the apostles goes from being equally mixed with them to being the only one reciting this prayer to the end followed only by a momentary pause filled with the lingering void of dead silence (part of my emphasis here is on my recollection of the absence in this scene of an irrelevant musical score or any other artificially contrived elements of sound design). This was more than just a passionately powerful method of using an audio track to creatively suggest that Jesus had magnificently triumphed over physical death just as He had said He would (since only the Living Spirit of a Crucifixion-Conquering Jesus would be praying WITH these apostles at this moment in the sequence of events being portrayed). Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very, very disappointed
I usually do not review a product exceedingly harshly, but this time I will make an exception. I own many of the movies about the life of Christ; so I was interested about how... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Daisie Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang man
A nice look at Judas Iscariot. It show his dots. I believe Judas is the most mistundersted person in the Bible. Read more
Published 9 months ago by the 64/28Sept20Feb27
3.0 out of 5 stars Rewiew of "Judas"
The movie is okay; but there are some wrongs in the movie regarding cultural habits. Also I think that some of the characters senteces are too modern, but the plot is good.
Published 9 months ago by Hanna Bard
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on This One
Having characters in a biblical film use terms like "okay" and "I sorta lost my temper," just doesn't cut it. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Reviewer in Cali
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
This movie is definitely one of my favorites. Even thou it's not 100% all bible based on Jesus or Judas... it's STILL a GREAT story. Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by T-Dogg
2.0 out of 5 stars Heeeeeere's Johnny!
Okay, while not the world's most devout Christian, this reviewer received strict Lutheran scholastic instruction for 10 years, and you know what they say about your formative... Read more
Published on August 19, 2007 by Lovely to See You
1.0 out of 5 stars A very dangerous concept
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Published on March 2, 2006 by miguel de Portugal
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful acting!!
I found this film to be of a poor quality. The acting, particually that of Jesus was embarrasing and the plotline could have been more biblical and intriguing. Read more
Published on March 15, 2005 by C. P. F. Flux
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting point of reference
I liked this made-for-TV picture. It humanizes Judas by showing what might have motivated him. The fact that Jesus is not the central figure in the story as presented actually... Read more
Published on December 17, 2004 by Jay Temple
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspective
I liked it. It explores why Judas might have joined Jesus's group, yet never entirely understood what Jesus was trying to do. Read more
Published on September 16, 2004 by K. W. Leslie
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