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What movie critics are saying about "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN"
--The Associated Press
"A sprawling, visually stunning work"
"Compelling and entertaining"
--Holly McClure, Crosswalk
World Premiere of Highly Acclaimed Motion Picture
"THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" to Debut on TBN -- Friday, July 22
July 19, 2005 (LOS ANGELES) The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is rolling out the proverbial red carpet as "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" will be shown in its entirety with no commercial interruptions on the world's largest religious network on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 pm and again on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 pm (PST).
Paul Crouch Jr., Vice President of Administration and frequent host of the popular TBN program "Behind the Scenes," officially announced that the network has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast the world premier of "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN," the story of Jesus Christ's life as told by the apostle John and narrated by internationally acclaimed Canadian actor, Christopher Plummer, a veteran of over 80 motion pictures.
Plummer, no stranger to the genre of Biblical cinema, says he welcomed the opportunity to participate in the word-for-word version of "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" as the film's narrator. According to Plummer, he was absolutely riveted to the story in the film. "For many, it's part of their childhood, yet for the first time it seemed totally fresh and new to me," he says.
"The world premier of "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" on TBN is a clear example of this network's ever increasing commitment to broadcast thought-provoking venues that impact people from all walks of life in a positive and uplifting manner, while engaging their mind as well as their spirit," reports Crouch, the eldest son of TBN founders Paul and Jan Crouch.
Susan Zahn, founding director of WDC Media and publicist for TBN, says that Crouch and other senior VP's at the network worked diligently for over two years to secure the rights to televise "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN." "TBN is absolutely thrilled to have acquired such a powerful and significant motion picture as THE GOSPEL OF JOHN' relates Zahn.
The film features 75 principle actors and over 2,000 extras, and it hosts such notable talent as Henry Ian Cusick in the lead role as Jesus Christ.
Cusick, who brings a uniquely touching and human portrayal of Jesus Christ to the screen in "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN," was born in Peru and raised in Trinidad and Scotland. He now resides in England with his wife, Annie, and their three boys Elias, Lucas, and Esau. The film also stars Daniel Kash as Simon Peter, Stephen Russell as Pontius Pilate, and Scott Handy in the role of John the Baptist.
"THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" was produced by Visual Bible International Inc. in association with Garth H. Drabinsky and Joel Michaels. The film was directed by Philip Saville and adapted for the screen by screenwriter, John Goldsmith.
"THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" musical score was created by composer Jeff Danna and Nicholas Dodd, the orchestrator and conductor. The film features a variety of ancient musical instruments that originated more than 2,000 years ago, including the Shofar (ram's horn).
"THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" which opened on September 26, 2003 in select theaters across the U.S. has been considered by some to have been the pre-cursor to Mel Gibson's hugely successful "The Passion of the Christ" which made box office history in 2004.
"Both films, though different in their creative portrayals of Christ, have shown Hollywood executives that people want movies that accurately depict the life of Christ and Bible events," says Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D., founder of TheologicalStudies.org, a one-stop Christian information and news site.
It is estimated that "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" could reach a potential global audience of 100 million during its televised world premiere on TBN.
For more information on "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" visit TBN at www.tbn.org or the film's official website at www.gospelofjohnthefilm.com
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