The best loved of the four Gospels vividly comes to life in a faithful and powerful dramatization of the Biblical text. The Gospel of John meticulously recreates the era of Jesus during a tumultuous period that changed the course of history.
Starring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus, and narrated by Christopher Plummer , and with a cast of 2500, The Gospel of John has been adapted for the screen, word for word, based on the American Bible Society's Good News Bible by Emmy nominated John Goldsmith and is directed by acclaimed British director, Philip Saville . Rated PG-13 (for violence involving the crucifixion), Color, 2002.
"SUBLIME AND HAUNTING MASTERPIECE. What a magnificent, unexpected film this is. 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? I review DVDs for a local paper. I watch a lot of movies and The Gospel of John is among the best films I've seen in the last year. It's actually about something profound and acutely relevant. And it is rendered with style and grace. If you've seen Jesus' crucifixion in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, see the rest of the story in The Gospel of John."
(R. S. - CA)
"Using the American Bible Society's Good News Bible, this word-for-word production is meticulous in its detail, and exquisitely acted and filmed. The Gospel of John emphasizes the divinity of Jesus, and has some of the best loved passages of scripture, and perhaps the most well known verse in the New Testament, John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life". The superb cinematography, the authenticity of the costumes and sets, and the marvelous acting make this production a must in every Christian film library, and it would also make an excellent teaching tool."
(A. V. - CA)
"A deeply moving masterpiece. The Gospel of John is one of the best films I seen during the last few years. As a word-for-word interpretation of the gospel from the Good News Bible, TGOJ gives a faithful representation of the Gospel According to John."
(R. N. - IL)
"Unvarnished truth. The Gospel of John is, in my humble opinion, the best Biblical-based movie since The Gospel According to St Matthew."
(D. B. - TX)
"Excellent - True to Scripture. A word-for-word enactment of John's gospel of Jesus. It captures the struggle between Christ as the unknown commoner and the religious powers of the day as He declares Himself to be the Son of God. The message of the gospel comes forth clearly: believe in Jesus and know the Father, or refuse the Son and lose the Father. No compromises, no apologies."
(P. R. - TX)