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The Miracle Maker (2000)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Jesus (voice)
Michael Bryant ... God / The Doctor (voice)
Julie Christie ... Rachel (voice)
Rebecca Callard ... Tamar (voice)
James Frain ... Thomas (voice)
Richard E. Grant ... John the Baptist (voice)
Ian Holm ... Pontius Pilate (voice)
William Hurt ... Jairus (voice)
Anton Lesser ... Herod (voice)
Daniel Massey ... Cleopas (voice)
Tim McInnerny ... Barabbas (voice)
Alfred Molina ... Simon the Pharisee (voice)
Bob Peck ... Joseph of Arimathea (voice)
Miranda Richardson ... Mary Magdalene (voice)
Antony Sher ... Ben Azra (voice)
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The story of Jesus Christ.

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] (French)

Country:

Russia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A csodatevő See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Last movie of Daniel Massey (Cleopas). See more »

Quotes

Mary Magdalene: [rambling] Thieves! You think I don't see you? The emperor, he told me... I know! Oh!
[looks towards workers]
Mary Magdalene: Oh lovely.
Carpenter: [mockingly] Lovely!
[they laugh]
Foreman: Back to work!
Mary Magdalene: [smiling at Foreman] You like nice things?
Foreman: Get out!
[shoves Mary to the ground]
Foreman: Out!
[...]
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One of the best life of Christ films
14 April 2001 | by WWalrusSee all my reviews

Of the many life of Christ films, this should be rated as one of the best. Some viewers have called it a "claymation" film, it is not. This is a stop motion puppet film. Anyone who has the DVD version can view the "making of" film and see that the figures are flexible puppets made of foam and plastic and not the crude figures done for "claymation". There is a vast difference in stop motion puppets and claymation figures.

What sets this film apart is that through the puppet medium, the figures look like people from the time and place of the original happening, not Hollywood actors in costumes and make up. Since the viewer does not associate a certain actor with the part, it is much easier to accept the puppet as the "real" character. You don't see Jeffrey Hunter, the actor in "King of Kings", playing a part but see more acceptable versions of Christ and the apostles.

The combination of 3D and 2D animation works well in separating the parable stories from the "real" action. It is a jolt at first, but becomes very acceptable as the film goes on.

Don't let the "puppet" idea keep an adult viewer away from this wonderful film. It is a concept that makes the Bible stories wonderfully accessible to all age groups.


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