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Peter And Paul

Anthony Hopkins stars in this epic network television mini-series brings to life the precarious existence of early Christianity.

  • Item 4628D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 3 hrs 14 mins.
Retail: $19.99
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Anthony Hopkins stars in this epic network television mini-series that brings to life the precarious existence of early Christianity. The new movement is beset by violent opposition from without and constant turmoil from within. Two key leaders emerge -- Peter and Paul -- who struggle to keep the faith alive. This dramatic presentation follows the pair, together and separately, through three epochal decades. Included are the stoning of Stephen, the road to Damascus, their encounter in Jerusalem, their conflicts over how the word of Christ should be spread. Paul’s travels to Asia Minor and Greece, Peter and Paul’s clashes over Jewish law, and Peter’s decision to follow in Paul’s courageous footsteps. The drama concludes in Rome in approximately A.D. 64 with the beheading of Paul and the crucifixion of Peter under Emperor Nero.

Also available is a <a href=/detail.taf?_function=detail&a_product_id=466 target="_blank">
112-page guide</a> with reproducible student worksheets. To download a sample session from the guide, click on the link above for "Peter and Paul Guide - sample session."

DVD Features:
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English
Viewing Format: Fullscreen
Bonus Material:
-Biographical information on leading actors
-Chapter titles provided for easy scene access

Winner of two Emmy Awards:


Editorial Reviews

David Day was a prolific TV director, but his most enduring contribution is this 1981 dramatization based on Acts and the Letters of Peter and Paul. Winning two Emmys, it boasted a screen full of stars, with Anthony Hopkins as the apostle Paul. What a contrast to his later role as Hannibal Lector! Robert Foxworth played Peter, and other cast members include John Rhys-Davies, as Paul's companion Silas; Herbert Lom as Barnabas; Raymond Burr as King Herod Agrippa I; Oscar winner Jose Ferrer as Gamaliel; Jean Peters as Priscilla; Julian Fellowes (yes, the one of Downton Abbey fame!) as the Emperor Nero; and Eddie Albert as Procurator Festus.

Scriptwriter Christopher Knopf combines speculative material (much of it dealing with face to face encounters between Peter and Paul) with extensive episodes from the Book of Acts. These include the stoning of Stephen; Christ calling Saul on the road to Damascus, Peter and Paul's encounter in Jerusalem; their conflicts over whether or not Gentile converts had to be circumcised (with Paul later unaware that Peter had come over to his side); Paul and Barnabas's travels to Asia Minor and Greece; Paul's clashes with the Judaizer Christians; Paul's arrest and journey to Rome where he is well received by the city's Christians; Peter's decision to follow in Paul's footsteps to Rome; and their martyrdom in approximately A.D. 64. Curiously left out is Peter's Pentecost preaching in Jerusalem and his vision that led him to see that even Romans could be a part of the church. Thus those who want a close following of the events described in the Book of Acts will be a little disappointed by the omissions, as well as the depiction of the Jerusalem leaders as failing to preach and spread the Gospel, thus requiring Paul to revitalize and spread the faith. Indeed far more screen time and credit are given to Paul than to Peter.

Overall, however, the above is a minor complaint, this being a very moving depiction of the two leaders who shaped the early church so much. The two lead actors give powerful performances, and it was interesting to see how much of their dialogue was taken from their writings. In Corinth Paul, aware that he has been lacking in love (especially toward young Mark), sits at a table writing about love, presumably this essay later becoming a part of 1 Corinthians 13. In Rome Peter preaches in various settings to revive the believers, dispirited by the beheading of their beloved Paul, his words coming from his First Letter in which he sought to empower those being persecuted. Then, when the Big Fisherman is crucified upside down, he hears Paul's voice declaring the marvelous assertion from the end of Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

For those turned off by all the violent shenanigans of Pilate in the on-going A.D.: The Bible Continues, this almost forgotten classic provides a welcome alternative (or addition—despite my reservations I am still watching the current NBC series). We owe a round of applause to Vision Video for making this available.

Customer Reviews

- Allstar Cast/Enlightenment of Early Church

I have seen movies on the book of Genesis such as the 10 commandments and the Bible in the beginning about Noah but have not seen a dramatic epic concerning Paul, Peter and the early church. The viewing of Peter and Paul was a way to actually see what the book of Acts portrays in words. From the Allstar cast starring Anthony Hopkins to the detail of the villages and settings, this DVD will bring you along with Paul on his journey and trials. The acting was very good and the best part I thought was the accuracy according to the scriptures. I am going to order a copy and give to my Pastor as a gift as this viewing has given me a fresh appreciation of the early church and has reminded me of my first love, our LORD JESUS CHRIST, as I ask the question what can I do for him and how can I do it?

- Best Biblical based film

The book of Acts comes to life in this movie. Hopkins brings passion to the character of Paul that you could only imagine actually existed. The script draws directly and meticulously from Acts and Paul's letters to such detail that you can actually discover some scriptural topics from the movie, yet it never seems forced. It's not only my favorite Bible movie, it's one of my favorite movies altogether.


Acts 9:18 said, "And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith,and arose and was baptized." Why was this left out in the film?

- Compelling

After I watch this movie, my spirit is motivated to preach and minister to others, despite persecution. What great heroism (role models) and sacrifice for Christ this movie does portray with Biblical accuracy.

- Peter and Paul

Spectacular movie!! Anthony Hopkins does an excellent portrayal of Paul. A comprehensive movie on the beginning of the church after Christ's ascension! I've watched this movie repeatedly and "never" tire of it. Highly recommended!!!

- The Best

have viewed this movie at least 100 times as I show it to everyone....a great witness as it has a study guide...people are shocked at what Paul suffered. A must for every Christian and children too.

- Peter and Paul

This video is outstanding. Reading Acts is one thing but watching it greatly enhances the learning process. You will develop a real visual sense of the struggles of the early Christian church and what Paul went through to grow the kingdom for Christ. Amazing! The companion Teacher's Guide is an excellent resource for devotional Bible study as well.

- evangelio

jesus viene a salvar es dsir alos que le esperan le esta usted esperando

- Peter and Paul

Anthony Hopkins was amazing in the part of Paul. A good historical rendition.

- buena pelicula

es una muy buena pelicula pues ilustra de manera real los tiempos de la iglesia primitiva hace sentir la epoca las costumbres y lo dificil que era creer y perseverar en la doctrina que jesus enseno. Buena pelicula

- muy buena pelicula

La pelicula es muy buena los actores y los lugares donde fue hecha esta pelicula son muy reales y trasladan al espectador a los mismos escenarios donde tuvieron lugar estas acontecimientos

- Peter and Paul DVD


- meh

There are a few subtle anti-Catholic things in here.

- WOW!

By far my absolute favorite film of all time. I have been watching it over and over again for many years. I reckon that this movie could not be any better. It is more realistic powerful and scriptural than even the great epic movies. A perfect gift for a person of faith! Enjoy!

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