Peter and Paul, DVD
Excellent way to end our study of Paul.
At times, it got a little long. We divided it into 2 sessions of 1 1/2 hours each. It really helped us visualize the persecution, dedication, and calling of Paul and others who helped plant the Christian churches.
November 10, 2013
An accurate depiction of the book of Acts
Long one of my favorite Christian films, "Peter and Paul," originally a 1982 TV mini-series, is a largely accurate depiction of the events transpiring in the Bible's Book of Acts ("The Acts of the Apostles").
Classic actors Anthony Hopkins and Robert Foxworth, each of whom started their careers on stage, produce stimulating, convincing, and emotive performances as Saul Paulus (Paul) and Simon Peter (Cephas), respectively. Hopkins' performance is reminiscent of many of his previous and succeeding ones: an emotional and intellectual depiction of a character having great conviction. Foxworth is typically potent and resolute in his role, as well. The result is a blend of strong personalities who complement and oppose each other in powerful historical roles.
Supporting roles are credible and complementary, if not spectacularly executed, costuming is adequate, cinematography is very good, the sound track is excellent, and the script is strong.
I give this film high marks for overall historical accuracy, as well. Its "creative license," which is necessary to flesh out a biblical motion picture, is not only scripturally consistent, but also highly believable--and this is relatively rare for such a film.
Overall, I give the film, itself, a rating of 2 1/2 stars out of four--a half-star above its general rating. (Slightly better costuming, same supporting acting, plus greater character development and close-up photography would have raised my rating to 3.) But this does not diminish the impact of this film, as the picture truly enlivens the Book of Acts for the viewer. It renders history more memorable through the powerful audiovisual medium. (And one must be cognizant that this film originally was produced for television--and on a relative shoe-string budget when compared with the likes of the full-scale, high-priced epic "Jesus of Nazareth" .)
Because of the historical accuracy and vividness of "Peter and Paul," I now find myself better-acquainted with one of my favorite books of Scripture, as well as connecting the film with the biblical book, thus visualizing some scenes as I contemplate the precise details of Acts, and actually read the book, itself. Hence, this film has immeasurably aided me in visually realizing the potency of Scripture.
January 2, 2013
I enjoyed the film. I find it a shame that Hollywood does not produce films with the same quality and effects as they do their other films because this film could have been amazing.
October 28, 2011
A great way to review Acts of the Apostles
DVD provided additional insights into the study of Acts by showing how life was then; helps "feel" the fear that the early disciples had; provides "between the scripture lines" of possibilities of reactions, etc. Some dialogue was difficult to understand and that was disconcerting.
June 29, 2011