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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.Read more ›
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.
I'm sure anyone who views this movie will get the same feeling.
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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Bad movie Alot off Illuminati symbols. Then the movie have a homosexual vibe to it
I never understood why Judas is one of the most hated man in the world. Read more
This was the worst Jesus I've ever seen in my entire life. This is the version of Jesus that would actually appreciate the "Bong Hits for Jesus" movement. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
This movie seems to be illuminati propoganda. The actor Jesus flashes the ok(666) symbol when he commanded the disciples to go and heal and the disciples acted as if they felt... Read morePublished 16 months ago by marsdaman
This movie had terrible actors EXCEPT FOR THE MAIN CHARACTER WHO PLAYED JUDAS. It did show the softer side of judas and how his intentions were confused with his desire for... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Coastal Crafter
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 morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Daisie Marshall
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 on July 1, 2013 by Hanna Bard