From the Emmy Award-winning Bible Collection comes a production starring Richard Harris as the Apostle John in The Apocalypse. Detailing John's visions against the backdrop of the severe persecution of Christians in the first century, this biblically based film will inspire viewers.
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In the late first century, the Roman Emperor Domitian unleashes a virulent campaign against Christians. Held captive by the Romans on the Island of Patmos, the aged Apostle John receives strange visions, including messages directly from Jesus to the seven persecuted churches on the nearby mainland. Key aspects of the story are firmly rooted in the biblical text and historical research. To propel the story, a few fictional characters are imagined, including a young Christian woman named Irene, who becomes important to John's mission. Driven by her wish to meet the last living witness of the Lord's passion, Irene succeeds in gaining access to John's prison. Entrusting the written record of his visions to her, he begs Irene to spread its message among the Christians. These visions form the contents of the Book of Revelation, the mysterious prophecy of Jesus’ return and a spiritual message for Christians of all eras.
Includes optional English subtitles.
The Apocalypse features a brilliant performance by Richard Harris in one of his final roles.
Dramatizing life during the early years of Christianity helps a modern audience better understand the dedication of Christ's followers and the challenges they faced in the years after his death and resurrection. The time is 90 A.D., when Domitian became emperor of Rome and began persecuting anyone who refused to worship him as the one true god. It is through the perspective of the early Christians who attempt to find John, the last surviving apostle, that we see their struggle to keep faith amid brutality and doubt.
Richard Harris, in one of his last performances before he died in 2002, skillfully plays the role of John. Other plotlines concern the love between Irene and Valerius and the attempted escape of the prisoners on the island of Patmos.
The cinematography in The Apocalypse is striking, and the presentation of John's visions is dramatic and powerful. Recommend viewing to prompt discussion of the early church.
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