|THE PASSOVER PLOT (director: Michael I. Campus; screenwriters: book by Hugh J. Schonfield/Millard Cohan/Patricia Knop; cinematographer: Adam Greenberg; editor: Dov Hoenig; music: Alex North; cast: Harry Andrews (Yohanan The Baptist), Hugh Griffith (Caiaphas), Zalman King (Yeshua), Donald Pleasence (Pontius Pilate), Scott Wilson (Judah), Dan Ades (Andros), Michael Baseleon (Mattai); Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Wolf Schmidt; Atlas Film; 1976-Israel/USA-in English)|
|"Despite kicking up a religious
storm, the film is amateur in its production, disappointing,
bland and uninteresting."
by Dennis Schwartz
I. Campus ("Zero Population Growth"/"The
Education of Sonny Carson"/"The Mack") directs this
religious revisionist film that insults the tenets of
the New Testament. It's based on the controversial
1960s book on the Life of Jesus Christ by Hugh
Schonfield. The book depicts Jesus as a zealot leader
who arranges for his own Crucifixion to make political
points against the Roman authorities.
King is an angry young Christ, showing little warmth
kicking up a religious storm, the film is amateur in
its production, disappointing, bland and
uninteresting. It should get the faithful in a
rage by blatantly saying Jesus was a fake. It asks us
to wonder if Jesus was just a human con artist and not
divine, as in the Bible.
REVIEWED ON 4/22/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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