12 May 1999
The film is notable for presenting a more human Jesus, compared to more solemn portrayals in earlier films; here Jesus laughs and cries like anyone else. Among other things, he weeps at Joseph’s funeral, throws stones in Lake Galilee when meeting Simon Peter and James son of Zebedee for the first time, dances at the wedding at Cana, and starts a water-splashing fight with his disciples as well. Satan is portrayed as a man in modern dress (and as a woman in red). During his temptation of Jesus, he shows him the Earth from the vantage point of space. Satan also shows Jesus images of wars and destruction carried out in his name. The film adds an apocryphal Roman historian named “Livio” who watches and comments as events unfold; he is presumably named after Livy.
Jeremy Sisto, Debra Messing, Jacqueline Bisset, Gary Oldman, Elena Sofia Ricci, Maria Cristina Heller, Stefania Rocca, Armin Mueller-Stahl, David O’Hara, Claudio Amendola, Christian Kohlund, G.W. Bailey, Luca Zingaretti, Luca Barbareschi, Jeroen Krabbé, Peter Gevisser, Thomas Lockyer, Ian Duncan, Gilly Gilchrist, Fabio Sartor, Sebastian Knapp, Sean Harris, Roger Hammond, Rick Warden, Iddo Goldberg, John H. Francis, Carl Pizzie, Nicholas Sidi, Abdelghafar Essalfi, Aziz Janah, David O’Hara, Gabriella Pession, Manuela Ruggeri, Karim Doukkali, Said Bey, Abedelouhahad Mouaddine, El Housseine Dejjiti, Mohammed Taleb, Omar Lahlou, Miles C. Hobson, Josh Maguire, Zack Maguire, Jeremy Zimmermann, Elaine English, Tony Vogel, Elliot Levey, Ichrak Berraoui