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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 (563 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: 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 (563 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q93ZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518 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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697 of 721 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME AND HAUNTING MASTERPIECE February 5, 2004
Format:DVD
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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193 of 200 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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158 of 164 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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175 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHORTER VERSION'S GOOD -- LONGER VERSION'S GREAT January 6, 2004
What a magnificent, unexpected film this is.

I've seen both DVD versions and am still 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. 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?

Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" was assailed even before its release as fomenting anti-semitism. Yes, "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 Gospel of John" 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. What if for just one day, the world had a "Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you" day? Wonder what would happen?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus of the Bible
Overall review: Devastatingly beautiful portrayal of Christ.

Director, Philip Saville, created an intelligent production where every scene is well thought out. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by ConnieJohn8:12
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great movie! It is the best Bible-in-movie that I've ever seen. Beautiful music, good acting, etc. I highly recommend it!
Published 1 day ago by Stefan Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film!
Very insightful treatment of the Gospel. Helps viewers to understand the conflicts between Jesus and the common people and leaders of the time. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Joan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, but has one major flaw making it not a totally...
This film is flawed. Yes, it is a beautifully made film with great purpose, and I am thankful for it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Eric Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the accuracy of this movie.
I love the accuracy of this movie. I was able to use this video in concert with a Bible Study that I was doing.
Published 1 day ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item quick ship
Great item great condition, quick ship.. Love the movie. Very well made, you can follow right along with the bible. Very well done.
Published 3 days ago by Liesl M. Elmer
4.0 out of 5 stars True to the original, but in modern English
I watched the 3 hour theatrical version, but it was really too long, but I wanted to see the entire original. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sunnynurse
3.0 out of 5 stars Sticks to the text
Unlike most movies based on writings, religious or otherwise, The Gospel of John does not stray from the text it is based on. Read more
Published 7 days ago by nichole arel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done
This is a great addition to any Bible based DVD collection. It certainly held our attention. The crucifixion might be a little too much for younger children, but other than that... Read more
Published 8 days ago by M. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars A Biblical film that is true to scripture
This is the only Biblical film I know of that is verbatim from scripture. Nothing added; nothing deleted. Beautifully filmed and acted.
Published 10 days ago by Lshackelford
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