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St. Peter
St Peter
Actors: Omar Sharif, Daniele Pecci, Flavio Insinna, Claudia Koll, Lina Sastri
Director: Giulio Base
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
PG-13     2007     3hr 17min

As a dedicated follower of Christ, Peter spreads the message of the Christians across the land, often staying only one step ahead of those determined to persecute him. As the tension between the Christians and the Romans g...  more »

     
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Actors: Omar Sharif, Daniele Pecci, Flavio Insinna, Claudia Koll, Lina Sastri
Director: Giulio Base
Creators: Fanio Petrocchi, Luca Bernabei, Matilde Bernabei, Salvatore Morello, Francesco Arlanch, Gianmario Pagano, Salvatore Basile
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Religion
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/20/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 3hr 17min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A Beautiful Movie Depicting Peter, Paul, the Apostles and Je
Jacqueline | Manhattan Beach, California | 02/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent Movie, this movie taught me so much about the Apostles Peter, Paul and how they came to KNOW that Jesus Christ was son of God and the relationship Christ had with them. I cried, Omar Sharif was a perfect Peter, as his eyes express so much of the feelings that were experienced when he denied Christ (3) times and also told him he loved him (3) times. The pace of the movie is excellent, the acting superb, and most of all the historical representation (especially the Romans and the Christians),in this cinematic film captures the essence of Christ, and how those closest to him came to KNOW he was son of God and how the Holy Spirit touched those Christians after his resurecction. I would highly recommend this film!"
Beautiful story
Lizzeedee | LA, CA | 04/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is my favorite biblical movie! Omar Sharif was perfect with the cast. I first saw it in Italian in Rai TV and was the first to get it on DVD with Portugese subtitles. This is my second purchase as I loaned my lst one to a priest who shares it with the children of his school and I just couldn't ask for it back. One of my favorite many scenes is Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus and of course Peter crying in Jesus' arms for denying him three times. There are so many but I'll just say get it share it and enjoy!"
Too different from the Bible
J. A. Baudoin | Louisiana | 03/07/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I read the reviews. I wanted to believe the good ones and ignore the bad ones. I should have listened to Fr. Ambrose. Omar Sharif is a great actor, but too much of the movie differs from the true events in the Acts of the Apostles. A little ad-lib is acceptable, but this movie changes events, invents situations which are almost heretical, and is simply not as moving as other biblical movies, such as Jesus of Nazareth. The Bible is plenty interesting, why change it? We actually couldn't finish watching it because every few minutes my husband and I were looking at each other with a "that's not the way it happened" expression. One example is having Saint Peter see Jesus disguised as a beggar before Mary Magdalene comes to tell them of the Resurrection. Later, some of the apostles are not in the room for the Pentecost, yet they still get the gift of Holy Spirit and are able to speak and understand other languages. The Bible clearly says they were all gathered in one room. Is this being too particular? For some maybe, but for us watching the movie with our children, we didn't want to have to keep interrupting the movie to say, "That's not the way it happened.""
Thank God for good cinema, thank God for St. Peter
Teófilo de Jesús | USA | 11/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Folks, this is yet another jewel by Italian Radio TV (RAI), a 2005 production abouot the life of St. Peter, starring Omar Sharif.

The good thing about this movie is that it portrays the origin and growth of the primitive Church in a manner that is credible and entertaining. The miraculous, when it occurs at all, is portrayed very soberly, matter-of-factly and prosaic. You will find no "faith healing" scenes or fiery preachers screaming hell and damnation, emotional repression, and the like. No, you will find a "band of brothers" led by a fisherman who learned to love first hand in the school of the Nazarene who once was dead and now, is alive.

St. Peter is ably portrayed by Omar Sharif, which I find a surprising choice because he's a Muslim. Sharif has had to suffer a bit for his choice of movie making. According to the Wikipedia, Sharif was born Michel Demitri Chalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Chalhoub, a timber merchant, and Claire (Saada), an Egyptian. The British news daily The Guardian reported back in 2005 "that a message on a web forum used in the past by al-Qaida had a link to a site carrying the threat. 'Omar Sharif has stated that he has embraced the crusader idolatry,' it said. 'He is a crusader who is offending Islam and Muslims and receiving applause from the Italian people. I give you this advice, brothers, you must kill him.' Other messages posted to the site had protested at the appeal. The Guardian's article also highlighted Sharif's current "unbeliever" credentials.

Nevertheless, art is art and Sharif is an artist. His portrayal of St. Peter was of one of a strong, yet meek man. We don't get the sense of choleric angst we perceive in other portrayals of the Fisherman, such as the one portrayed by James Farentino in the 1977 miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth. Instead, Sharif plays St. Peter as a man in search of love, true Christ-like love who then finds himself in the awesome and quite undeserved position of having to confer, define, and defend that love for thousands of others.

In a book I read awhile back, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God by Jack Miles, I found an interesting thought. If a Person was born in this world and has nothing else in his calendar but one single appointment, and has an urgent message to share and only two years to do it, who will he choose to carry his message? Well, the answer is, anybody. Anybody would do, no matter how rustic his or her background or how culture. Anyone would do and that's what he did. He chose nobodies. These nobodies went ahead and changed the world by the power of their example and their speech, no swords, no invasions, no machinations with the high and mighty, no jihads, and no forced conversions. It was just themselves, the power of their idea, and the promise by the One that he "will be with them until the end of the world" and that's forever. St. Peter successfully captures the essence of the kerygma and its power to convince, change minds and convert.

Directed by Giulio Base, the movie has several scenic and signature moments. One of my favorites is when Peter, guided by Paul, meets the Christians in Antioch. He is taken to a second story hallway that opens like a balcony into an inner courtyard. Down in the courtyard you see the Christians of Antioch acclaiming him. Sharif affects a John Paul the Great gesture and raises his two hands slightly in front of him to greet them back as he smiles to them. The moment looks completely Papal and explains the spiritual attraction Catholics feel for the Bishop of Rome not necessarily because who he is personally, rather, because he is Peter. The scenes of Peter's martyrdom look like the paintings one might find in an old family Bible or in a Missal. They were beautifully done. The transition to a surprising finale was exquisite, going a long way to explain in pictures what we Catholic Christians believe and why regarding the person of St. Peter.

I just have one less-than-good thing to say about this movie and that is at times it becomes formulaic. The movie contains various subplots, one of them the love story between the good-hearted yet conflicted pagan man and the devoted, yet strong Christian woman. I saw this same subplot in another movie from these series I reviewed before, The Apocalypse - Starring Richard Harris. I suppose that I should expect these subplots but that doesn't mean I should like them. Nevertheless, these don't subtract anything from the movie's main premise.

St. Peter is worth your time and money. It is ideal for family viewing or watch with friends at home or at church. It can also become a good catechetical tool about the power and the meaning of Christian Love, a central theme in Pope Benedict's first encyclical. It can also be a great apologetic proof against those who thing impossible or highly unlikely that St. Peter every made it to Rome, much less becoming what we Catholics said he became: the first in a long line of very human men who are witnesses to the Resurrection of Christ.

Thank God for good cinema, thank God for St. Peter."