The Gospel of John is a 2003 movie that is the story of
Jesus' life as recounted by the
Gospel of John. It is a motion picture that has been adapted for the screen on a word for word basis from the
American Bible Society's
Good News Translation
Bible. This three-hour epic feature film follows John's Gospel precisely, without additions to the story from other Gospels, nor omission of complex passages. This film was created by a constituency of artists from Canada and
the United Kingdom, along with academic and theological consultants from around the world. The cast was selected primarily from the Stratford Festival of Canada and Soulpepper Theatre Company, as well as Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company and
Royal National Theatre. The musical score, composed by Jeff Danna and created for the film, is partially based on the music of the Biblical period. The film was produced by Visual Bible International.
The film is narrated by Christopher Plummer and stars British actor Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus Christ. Others cast include British actors Stuart Bunce (John), Richard Lintern (Leading Pharisee) Scott Handy (
John the Baptist), Lynsey Baxter (Mary Magdalene), and Canadian actors Diego Matamoros (Nicodemus), Stephen Russell (Pilate), Daniel Kash (Simon Peter), Cedric Smith
(Caiaphus) and Nancy Palk (Samaritan Woman).
The film was directed by British director Philip Saville, and co-produced by Canadian producer Garth Drabinsky and British producer Chris Chrisafis. Executive producers were Sandy Pearl, Joel B. Michaels, Myron Gottlieb and Martin Katz. Also involved
were screenwriter John Goldsmith, production designer Don Taylor, sound mixer David Lee, makeup artist Trefor Proud , costume designer Debra Hanson, and director of photography and film editors Miroslaw Baszak and Michel Arcand.