Paul the Apostle

DVD Release: April 20, 2004
Paul the Apostle
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Synopsis

From the Emmy award-winning director Roger Young (“Joseph and Jesus”) comes the spectacular story of “Paul the Apostle.” This augmented adaptation, largely based on the biblical account, profiles Christ’s most prolific messenger, Paul, originally known as Saul of Tarsus. Saul was at the forefront of efforts to stamp out the early church, until Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus, forever changing his life and mission. After his conversion to Christianity, Paul joyfully faced persecution, imprisonment, and peril in order to share Christ’s love and redemption with the world.

Dove Review

“Paul the Apostle” highlights the Apostle’s life following his conversion and takes some creative license into what might have happened during that time. The plot features the story of a friend of Paul’s, named Ruben, who uses a woman named Dina to find out more about the Christians so he can capture them.

The film’s sets and scenery are elaborate, and action sequences move the plot. In the film, Roman soldiers capture the Christians, and then Paul meets Christ on the Road to Damascus. In this version of the story, Paul is at first angry with Christ for the loss of his sight, and clearly blames him. Nevertheless, he decides to follow Christ when Ananias prays for him and his sight returns. One scene in particular exemplifies the life of Paul: his shipwreck and subsequent survival. “Paul the Apostle” shows Paul as an overcomer.

Due to some graphic images of violence, including a bloody scene of a man being stabbed with a sword, we are awarding this film our Faith Based Seal. “Paul the Apostle” has a faith-based plot, but viewers should take caution of its strongly violent content.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing between a couple, and later at their wedding.
Language: Man is called "Satan"; Fool-1
Violence: Some very bloody scenes; a man is stabbed by a sword and blood is seen; man's bloody face is seen after others stone him; side of man's face is cut with a knife, and blood is seen; men are flogged, and their bloody stripes are seen; sword fight; wresting match; knife held to man's throat; men are beaten, and some blood is seen.
Drugs: Wine in various scenes; a comment that "You're both drunk."
Nudity: Men in loin cloths; shirtless men.
Other: Tension between characters; men spit in disgust; non-believers make fun of Christ and Christians; man tosses dirt in man's face.

Info

Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: Gareth Jones
Director: Roger Young
Producer: Luca Bernabei
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 145 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter