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The Gospel of John (2005)

Henry Ian Cusick , Christopher Plummer , Philip Saville  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (631 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henry Ian Cusick, Christopher Plummer, Scott Handy, Daniel Kash, Richard Lintern
  • Directors: Philip Saville
  • Writers: John Goldsmith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (631 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q93ZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gospel of John" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc One:
Exclusive 2 hour version of the film  
129 minutes run time

Disc Two:
Original 3 hour theatrical version of the film
181 minutes run time

Editorial Reviews

An epic in the spirit of The Passion of the Christ, this widely acclaimed motion picture is a meticulous recreation of the turbulent era of Jesus and the events that changed the course of history! Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor, American Tragedy, 2000), it’s the bold and powerful story of Jesus as told by his disciple John. The best-loved but least understood of the gospels, John presents a uniquely human portrait of courage and passion encompassing Jesus' entire three-year ministry, the final years of his life. Intimate and reflective, The Gospel of John offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the incomparable life and times of Jesus Christ.

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710 of 735 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME AND HAUNTING MASTERPIECE February 5, 2004
I just saw the DVD and was surprised at the power of this film.

The Book of John is treated like the finely wrought piece of literature it is. The material is adapted with fidelity as a self-contained work. Seeing it as a complete story is much different than taking elements of the life of Jesus out of context.

A lot can be said about the adaptation, directing, acting, production design and music -- but what stands out is that the sum of these parts is much greater than the separate elements, as fine as they are. Dare I say this is a work of inspiration?

The role of Jesus in world history deserves consideration in the light of the extreme religious fanatacism rampant today from the so-called People of the Book. Who was this person who claimed to be Son of God and Son of man? Factually, the apostle John details only a few points in the life of the Man who conquered death. But John says "Believe in the resurrection and you have eternal life now." How radical is that?

"The Gospel of John" does not shy away from a blunt account of the role of the Roman and Jewish powers in the murder of Jesus; however, the movie makes it abundantly clear why the Pharisees saw Jesus as a threat. In today's world He's still a threat to those who seek power alone,

For me, what jumped out of the film and still echoes in my mind is the several times Jesus asks, "Why do you hate me?" That question reverberates in today's headlines.

In a politically correct world, we no longer have public conversations about the subjective truth of the life of Jesus. Or the meaning of that solitary life. With advances in quantum physics, we consider the fundamental nature of of matter, time and consciousness.
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202 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unvarnished truth October 27, 2003
The Gospel of John is, in my humble opinion, the best Biblical-based movie since The Gospel According to St Matthew. The Gospel of John was filmed in Toronto using unknown actors and a British director. The intent of the Producers was to present the text of the book with no embelishments or viewpoints, letting the words speak for themselves and leaving the viewer to draw their own conslusions. The film accomplished this beautifully. The result is a powerful presentation that, while three hours long, seemed to fly by. I never got bored or tired, and felt like I had been there 2 hours or less.
Sadly, it gets mediocre reviews from the "sophisticated" reviewers who cannot appreciate the simple beauty and power of the words as written by John without the aid of post-modern interpretation.
I understand it is only showing in limited theaters in the South, then going straight to video. If it is in a theatre in your city, go see it. If not, get the video when it comes out. It is well worth the price.
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163 of 169 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Smart Portrayal of Jesus December 15, 2003
By K.H.
This movie, based on one of the modern langauage versions of the Gospel of John is fairly accurate and nicly filmed. Christopher Plummer narrates and the actor portraying Jesus does a fine job. The strength of the movie is that while it is filmed on a limited budget, the director, Eric Till, is up to the task of trying to get everything he can out of the sets, sights,and people in the movie.

The movie does have some drawbacks, and since most reviews have focused on the positives, I'm going to briefly mention a couple of negatives: (1) the casting of Mary is just downright poor. The women is way to old and appears more like a great-grandmother than a mother. After all, Mary was probably only 14-16 years older than Jesus and this puts a lot of things into historical context (albiet, probably not that important for this film); (2) Refering to miracles as such and not as "signs" misses an important point. The word "signs" pointed to something about Christ and John used the Greek equivalent for a reason.

The greatest positive for this movie are the post-resurrection appearances. This film, unlike others, takes a good 20 minutes or so and focuses on the appearances of Jesus to his disciples after the crucifixion. I enjoyed these scences very much.
I recommend this film highly for anyone looking for a decent movie about the life of Christ.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual an understatement!!! October 22, 2009
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Like the film title said, "It's a faithful presentation of the Gospel by John. Word by Word!!! No kidding. It's like someone reading the entire book of John to you in a film with cast and everything in 3 hours. This is the ministry edition. I haven't seen the regular edition (under 2 hours), I guess much was cut to reduce it to under 2 hours.)
This is by far the best gospel film; bible based, I've ever seen. It out did Ten Commandments (not exactly to word). It is also far better than the other two "visual bible" series--Matthew and Acts.
The other 2 has problem in quality. (save it for another review).
This one, has features on the DVD when a little sign comes on, you can click on it and look at the historical background information of what that scene or the particular statement means in the historical context.
Extremely educational and very good for bible study classes.
At first, I didn't like the cast starring Jesus. But as the film (it's not a movie, in my opinion) progresses, I grew to like him and think he did a wonderful job portraying Jesus in this gospel.
The director did a wonderful job blending the Biblical text with the different scenes and it just seems so smooth--all of the transitions. It doesn't tell you like the other two films in the series, verse by verse. It's a streamlined, smooth presentation of the entire gospel.
I've seen it twice already in one week. (I rented it from Netflix first, then I decided to buy a copy for myself because it is so good.)
I think if I watch it once per month, it will help me memorize the book of John much better.
The DVD sold at Amazon is above list price ($22), then it lowered to $19.99 (sometimes). CBD is selling at $14.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great rendition of Jesus!
Favorite depiction of Jesus ever. Very complete story, unlike the other Jesus movies this actually tells a bit more of a story. Read more
Published 5 days ago by GameGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
It was a beautifully made movie and true to the subject..Very moving and I would reccommend everyone who loves bible stories to get this..
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Very heart warming, I truly loved the this DVD
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great DVD.
Published 13 days ago by Mark Coy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great bible story worth watching and learning the story/events.
Published 15 days ago by D Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot
Liked it a lot. There are sections missing if your a bible follower. But for someone wanting to scratch the surface of John and to beginning a new relationship with the Lord, the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Robert G
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite movie on the life of Jesus Christ
This is my favorite movie on the life of Jesus Christ. It is rather moving and evocative. I cannot watch it in one sitting because there is so much to digest. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Andre R. Hill
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