Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.
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Series cast summary:
Anthony Andrews ...  Nero 5 episodes, 1985
Colleen Dewhurst ...  Antonia 5 episodes, 1985
Ava Gardner ...  Agrippina 5 episodes, 1985
David Hedison ...  Porcius Festus 5 episodes, 1985
John Houseman ...  Gamaliel 5 episodes, 1985
Richard Kiley ...  Claudius 5 episodes, 1985
Ian McShane ...  Sejanus 5 episodes, 1985
Jennifer O'Neill ...  Messalina 5 episodes, 1985
Millie Perkins ...  Mary 5 episodes, 1985
Denis Quilley ...  Peter 5 episodes, 1985
Fernando Rey ...  Seneca 5 episodes, 1985
Richard Roundtree ...  Serpenius 5 episodes, 1985
Susan Sarandon ...  Livilla 5 episodes, 1985
Ben Vereen ...  Ethiopian 5 episodes, 1985
Tony Vogel ...  Aquila 5 episodes, 1985
Jack Warden ...  Nerva 5 episodes, 1985
Neil Dickson ...  Valerius 5 episodes, 1985
Chris Humphreys ...  Caleb 5 episodes, 1985
Amanda Pays ...  Sarah 5 episodes, 1985
Philip Sayer Philip Sayer ...  Paul / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Diane Venora ...  Corinna 5 episodes, 1985
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ...  Stephen 5 episodes, 1985
Rebecca Saire ...  Ruth 5 episodes, 1985
Tom Durham Tom Durham ...  Cleopas 5 episodes, 1985
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ...  Zacchaeus 5 episodes, 1985
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ...  Caiaphas 5 episodes, 1985
Ralph Arliss ...  Samuel 5 episodes, 1985
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ...  Pallas 5 episodes, 1985
Davyd Harries ...  Thomas 5 episodes, 1985
Norma Martinelli Norma Martinelli ...  Apicata 5 episodes, 1985
Bruce Winant ...  Seth 5 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Hyde ...  Tigellinus 5 episodes, 1985
Damien Thomas ...  Herod Agrippa 5 episodes, 1985
Scott Hoxby ...  Agrippa II 5 episodes, 1985
Angela Morant ...  Priscilla 5 episodes, 1985
Clive Arrindell Clive Arrindell ...  Cassius Chaerca 5 episodes, 1985
Paul Freeman ...  Cornelius 5 episodes, 1985
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan ...  Brittanicus / ... 5 episodes, 1985
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David Brandon ...  Petronius 5 episodes, 1985
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Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

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English

Release Date:

31 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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A.D. See more »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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James Mason was an 11th-hour casting decision replacing an actor who dropped out. See more »

Alternate Versions

6-hour "Education Edition" on 3 VHS tapes with included Discussion Guide available from the distributor, Gospel Communications. See more »

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Follows Jesus of Nazareth (1977) See more »

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A masterpiece which deserves more attention - the movie about the birth of christianity
27 February 2002 | by alexgrob2000See all my reviews

The team Anthony Burgess/Vincenzo Labella has after tremendous movies like "Jesus of Nazareth" and "Moses the Lawgiver" once again surpassed itself by retelling the story about the birth of christianity in such a fascinating and powerful way. Nothing compares to the profound "road to Emmaus-scene" which conveys the new hope in Christs resurrection in a very moving way. Dennis Quilley played Peter in accordance with Luke's descripion of him in the book of the acts. But the greatest performance was undoubtetly Philip Sayer as Paul who especially knew how to portray the change that took place in his character on the road to Damascus. Watching him in his role was seeing a vivid portrayal of what it means and takes to change from Saul to Paul. Nobody knows what Paul acctually looked like but everytime I hear the name Paul or think about this great apostle the image of Philip Sayer as Paul popes up in my mind - an astounding performance! The roman emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero were depicted in a very impressive way. They even had some similarity with the real emperors busts which are still preserved. Apart from the wonderful spititual message this movie conveys it is as some other viewers already observed very accurate with historical details like f. e. Claudius who hid himself behind the curtain before he was hailed as Romes new emperor or Calebs mentioning of Pilates massacre among the samaritans that made him lose his position. Scenes like these were in absolute accordance with the historical records of the roman age. (A little flaw: baptisms were performed by immersion at that time) Not only the acting but also the music was first class! It couldn't have been better. I also wonder why this movie isn't available on DVD or at least on VHS.

To whom it may concern: Release it on DVD!


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