- 1 hr 55 min
Jesus (1979) is film about the life of Jesus Christ. The movie traces its origins back to 1945. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, wanted to create an accurate portrayal of the life of Jesus. Sometimes referred to as The Jesus Film Project, the movie is based on the life of Christ as described in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 3-24). Shakespearean actor Brian Deacon was selected to play the title role. The movie tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth from birth to death. The original version of the movie starts the birth of Christ and how he was raised by a Jewish carpenter named Joseph (Yosef Shiloach) and born to his virgin mother, Mary (Rivka Neumann). We then see Jesus as a young man with his disciples and other influential figures, including Matthew (Mosko Alkalai) and John the Baptist (Eli Cohen). The movie goes on to chronicle displays of public miracles and the ministry Jesus founded to spread the Word of God. The film ends with his death, crucifixion, and subsequent resurrection. A children's version was released in 1999 and additional footage was filmed and inserted in the early 2000s to update the film. This includes a new opening sequence depicting the creation and evolution of man and a 2002 introduction by New York City police officers and firefighters filmed in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Filmed in the Middle East, actual locations from the Bible - such as the River Jordan - are used throughout the movie.