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The Visual Bible: Acts (1994)

A visual interpretation of the Book of Acts of the Apostle from the Bible.

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Saint Luke (story), Joyce Marcarelli (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Luke
Henry O. Arnold Henry O. Arnold ... Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus
Jennifer O'Neill ... Lydia
Francesco Quinn ... Stephen
James Brolin ... Simon Peter
Wilson Dunster Wilson Dunster ... Barnabas
Andre Jacobs ... John
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... Festus
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Annas
Chris Truter Chris Truter ... Silas
Peter Krummeck ... Aquila
Jana Cilliers Jana Cilliers ... Priscilla
James Ryan ... James, brother of Jesus
Dale Cutts Dale Cutts ... Cornelius
David Clatworthy David Clatworthy ... Philip Evangelist
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A visual interpretation of the Book of Acts of the Apostle from the Bible.

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James Brolin was paid $400,000 to appear. Brolin, who's atheist, was said to be very professional on the set. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Peter and John heal the crippled man in the temple, the boom mic is visible for a few seconds. See more »

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Follows The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993) See more »

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Well Worth Viewing
10 January 2015 | by karenn1See all my reviews

I watch a lot of Bible-based movies, some loved, others loathed.

The three movies of the Visual Bible productions are faithful to the source, and this is second only to the Gospel of John, in my opinion. So, I'll address my problems with it first, then move to why I can still say I love this movie.

Billing Jennifer O'Neill as "starring" is more than misleading. She spends less than four minutes on screen in this 193 minute movie, hardly a starring role. James Brolin seems a bit disconnected from the impetuous, passionate, foot-in-mouth Peter we find in scripture, but his isn't a bad performance, just short of my expectations.

The real stars are Henry Arnold as Saul/Paul, and Dean Jones as the aged Luke, as he narrates his book to passengers on a ship, which we find in the end arrives Rome where Paul is now under house arrest.

A huge plus for me is Bruce Marchiano's very brief camera time; I didn't like his portrayal of Jesus in the Visual "Gospel of Matthew". If you didn't find his silliness unsettling in Matthew, then this won't be the same bonus for you.

When you're using the Bible as your script (I love that concept), the ensemble must be strong enough to make it believable, and this cast does exactly that. I watch for facial expressions and other nuances to know how well an actor is connecting with his character, and most do this with great ease and success. I don't find Francesco Quinn credited for his role as Stephen, the first Christian martyr described in the Bible, but his performance is outstanding.

Any flourishes added in this film are a definite plus, and they're all limited to physical events, and in no way detract from this story of nascent Christianity.

If you're Christian, you'll love the allegiance to the Bible. If you're a more casual watcher, it might encourage you to read the book of Acts. It's simply a worthy movie.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falling Fire: The Gift of the Spirit See more »

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Morocco See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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