The Gospel of John (Visual Bible)

Theatrical Release: September 26, 2003
DVD Release: March 15, 2005
The Gospel of John (Visual Bible)


The Gospel of John, 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 re-creates 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 over 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.

Dove Review

This is an incredible dramatized version of the Gospel of John. This is one of those films in which the ingredients mix well. The story to begin with is the greatest story ever told and then to mix it with a solid performance by Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus, along with Christopher Plummer as the narrator, and factor in the beautiful cinematography, which includes some nice double images, and some stirring music-well, the viewer’s eyes and ears are treated to a feast. This is the best Biblical story I have seen on Jesus in terms of the film lining up with scripture. Indeed, it is a verse by verse filmed story of the Gospel of John.

The thorns on Jesus head along with the resulting blood, as well as the crucifixion is done in a fairly straightforward way, and although there obviously is blood it is not gratuitous. Still, it might be a bit much for children under the age of twelve. Jesus is also seen bleeding as a result of the crown of thorns and a spear is plunged into his side with a gaping hole being clearly viewed. We recommend this film for ages twelve and above, but we definitely recommend it. It is a quality project and worthy of five doves.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Jesus takes a whip and overthrows the money changerd' tables; Peter cuts off Malchus' ear; Jesus is struck by guard; the cracking of a whip on Jesus' back is heard; Jesus wears thorns and has bloody stripes on his back and blood on his head and shoulder; Jesus is crucified; the thieves' legs are broken although the scene is not graphic; a spear is plunged into Jesus' side.
Drugs: Wine.
Nudity: Jesus removes outer garment to gird himself with a towel to wash disciples' feet- it's just a realistic brief scene. He wears undergarment.
Other: None


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Director: Philip Saville
Producer: Chris Chrisafis
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 180 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter