The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus

2000 NR 1h 27m DVD

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The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus

2000 NR 1h 27m DVD
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  • Cast
King Herod, Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene are all on hand to play their integral parts in the extraordinary life story of Jesus Christ, from his birth to his miraculous healing powers.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
None
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Michael Bryant
  • Julie Christie
  • Rebecca Callard
  • James Frain
  • Richard E. Grant
  • Ian Holm
  • William Hurt
  • Anton Lesser
  • Alfred Molina
  • Miranda Richardson
  • David Thewlis
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus is a European production, in English, that tells Jesus' story based on the New Testament Gospel of Luke using sophisticated stop-action puppets (Claymation) techniques. Jesus' teachings, the miracles he performed, his ultimate recognition as the son of God, and the brutal treatment he and his converts receive from the Romans are the film's focus. Violent scenes (the crucifixion, the whipping of "Mad" Mary) are handled with care; minimal blood and pain are shown. Illness, with some characters on the brink of death, and some references to off-camera deaths are an integral part of the story of Jesus as a healer. The puppets have a wide variety of skin tones -- light, dark, and darker -- which accurately reflects the racial makeup of the Holy Land during Jesus' lifetime. Over five years in the making and originally aired on television in Great Britain, the movie attracted a roster of major actors and actresses. Many of the concepts and the teachings, as well as the miracles performed, may require some explanation or discussion with younger kids. Even older ones will benefit from having some previous knowledge of the biblical events and religious precepts depicted in the movie.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

Numerous intense scenes in which plotters plot, Jesus is in danger, and life is at stake. Violent scenes include a woman knocked to the ground as an official raises his whip to her; robbers bloodying a victim; and Jesus's crucifixion shot at careful angles -- he's bloodied, his hands are punctured, and he clearly suffers. Several very ill characters are near death. Jesus collapses from exhaustion. Flashback scenes using traditional animation show villains with scary faces and obvious evil intention. Offscreen deaths (John the Baptist, Lazarus) referenced.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

The teachings of Jesus are spoken throughout. Jesus preaches and uses parables to encourage love, peace, kindness, humility, forgiveness, and belief in God and to motivate his followers to "build God's kingdom on earth."

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Wine as part of a sacrament.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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