The Gospel of John (2003 film)
|The Gospel of John|
|Directed by||Philip Saville|
|Produced by||Garth Drabinsky |
|Written by||John Goldsmith|
|Starring||Henry Ian Cusick|
|Narrated by||Christopher Plummer|
|Music by||Jeff Danna|
|Edited by||Michel Archand|
|Distributed by||Visual Bible International|
|26 September 2003|
|Box office||$4,068,087 |
The Gospel of John is a 2003 epic film that recounts the life of Jesus according to the Gospel of John. The motion picture is a word-for-word adaptation of the American Bible Society's Good News Bible. This three-hour, epic, feature film follows John's Gospel precisely, without additions to the story from the other Gospels or omissions of the Gospel's complex passages.
This film was created by a constituency of artists from Canada and the United Kingdom, along with academic and theological consultants from around the world. The cast was selected primarily from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Soulpepper Theatre Company, as well as Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre. The musical score, composed by Jeff Danna and created for the film, is partially based on the music of the Biblical period. The film was produced by Visual Bible International.
- Christopher Plummer as The Narrator
- Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus Christ
- Stuart Bunce as John
- Daniel Kash as Simon Peter
- Stephen Russell as Pontius Pilate
- Alan Van Sprang as Judas Iscariot
- Diana Berriman as Mary,the mother of Jesus
- Richard Lintern as Leading Pharisee
- Scott Handy as John the Baptist
- Lynsey Baxter as Mary Magdalene
- Diego Matamoros as Nicodemus
- Nancy Palk as Samaritan Woman
- Elliot Levey as Nathanael
- Andrew Pifko as Philip
- Cedric Smith as Caiaphas
- Tristan Gemmill as Andrew
- Stuart Fox as Blind Man
- David Meyer as Lame Man
- Nicolas Van Burek as Young Levite
- William Pappas as Elderly Levite
Directors and producers
Executive producers were Sandy Pearl, Joel B. Michaels, Myron Gottliel and Martin Katz
Other critical contributions
Also involved were screenwriter John Goldsmith, production designer Don Taylor, sound mixer David Lee, makeup artist Trefor Proud, costume designer Debra Hanson, and director of photography and film editors Miroslaw Baszak and Michel Arcand.
While the film is largely a faithful depiction of the Gospel of John, some have commented that the inclusion of Mary Magdalene at the Last Supper has no Biblical citation. However, according to the Gospels, she was one of the women who accompanied Jesus and the disciples to Jerusalem, was present at the Crucifixion and burial of Jesus, was the first to whom Jesus appeared at the Resurrection, and was with the disciples in the upperroom after the Resurrection. Thus, like many modern movies about Jesus, the producers are faithfully attempting to help their audience see what the Gospel writers sometimes have not included.
- The Gospel of John at Box Office Mojo
- John F. A. SawyerThe Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture 2012 "Overshadowed by The Passion is British director Philip Saville's The Gospel of John (2003) a film whose text is the Gospel of John, ... The film is narrated by Christopher Plummer, whose authoritative voice makes the text sound like gospel"
- "The Gospel of John Movie Review". Plugged In. Focus on the Family. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
Some Christians may take issue with Mary Magdalene's silent presence at Christ's last supper with his disciples (it's not noted anywhere in scripture).
- Fletcher, Elizabeth. "Mary Magdalene's story". womeninthebible.net. Retrieved 6 May 2019.