Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.
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1985  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Anthony Andrews ...  Nero 5 episodes, 1985
Colleen Dewhurst ...  Antonia 5 episodes, 1985
Ava Gardner ...  Agrippina 5 episodes, 1985
David Hedison ...  Porcius Festus 5 episodes, 1985
John Houseman ...  Gamaliel 5 episodes, 1985
Richard Kiley ...  Claudius 5 episodes, 1985
Ian McShane ...  Sejanus 5 episodes, 1985
Jennifer O'Neill ...  Messalina 5 episodes, 1985
Millie Perkins ...  Mary 5 episodes, 1985
Denis Quilley ...  Peter 5 episodes, 1985
Fernando Rey ...  Seneca 5 episodes, 1985
Richard Roundtree ...  Serpenius 5 episodes, 1985
Susan Sarandon ...  Livilla 5 episodes, 1985
Ben Vereen ...  Ethiopian 5 episodes, 1985
Tony Vogel ...  Aquila 5 episodes, 1985
Jack Warden ...  Nerva 5 episodes, 1985
Neil Dickson ...  Valerius 5 episodes, 1985
Chris Humphreys ...  Caleb 5 episodes, 1985
Amanda Pays ...  Sarah 5 episodes, 1985
Philip Sayer Philip Sayer ...  Paul / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Diane Venora ...  Corinna 5 episodes, 1985
Vincent Riotta ...  Stephen 5 episodes, 1985
Rebecca Saire ...  Ruth 5 episodes, 1985
Tom Durham Tom Durham ...  Cleopas 5 episodes, 1985
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ...  Zacchaeus 5 episodes, 1985
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ...  Caiaphas 5 episodes, 1985
Ralph Arliss ...  Samuel 5 episodes, 1985
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ...  Pallas 5 episodes, 1985
Davyd Harries ...  Thomas 5 episodes, 1985
Norma Martinelli Norma Martinelli ...  Apicata 5 episodes, 1985
Bruce Winant ...  Seth 5 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Hyde ...  Tigellinus 5 episodes, 1985
Damien Thomas ...  Herod Agrippa 5 episodes, 1985
Scott Hoxby ...  Agrippa II 5 episodes, 1985
Angela Morant ...  Priscilla 5 episodes, 1985
Clive Arrindell Clive Arrindell ...  Cassius Chaerca 5 episodes, 1985
Paul Freeman ...  Cornelius 5 episodes, 1985
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan ...  Brittanicus / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Akosua Busia ...  Acte 5 episodes, 1985
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Flavius Sabinus 5 episodes, 1985
Jane How Jane How ...  Poppea 5 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Tafler ...  Aaron 5 episodes, 1985
Barrie Houghton Barrie Houghton ...  Ananias The Essene 5 episodes, 1985
Maggie Wickman Maggie Wickman ...  Apicata 5 episodes, 1985
Alan Downer Alan Downer ...  Barnabas 5 episodes, 1985
Martin Potter ...  Gaius Calpernius Piso 5 episodes, 1985
Colin Haigh Colin Haigh ...  James 5 episodes, 1985
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ...  James the Elder 5 episodes, 1985
Renato Scarpa ...  Lucius Marinus 5 episodes, 1985
Roderick Horn Roderick Horn ...  Marcellus 5 episodes, 1985
John Wheatley John Wheatley ...  Marcus I 5 episodes, 1985
David Sumner ...  Mathias 5 episodes, 1985
Stephen Finlay Stephen Finlay ...  Nicanor 5 episodes, 1985
Katia Dandoulaki ...  Octavia 5 episodes, 1985
Eddie Grossman Eddie Grossman ...  Parmenas 5 episodes, 1985
David Brandon ...  Petronius 5 episodes, 1985
Robert Wentz Robert Wentz ...  Thrasyllus 5 episodes, 1985
John McEnery ...  Caligula 3 episodes, 1985
Richard Kane Richard Kane ...  Agrippa III 3 episodes, 1985
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ...  Gaius 3 episodes, 1985
James Mason ...  Tiberius 2 episodes, 1985
Gerrard McArthur Gerrard McArthur ...  Luke 2 episodes, 1985
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Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

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This was the sequel to Jesus of Nazareth (1977). See more »

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6-hour "Education Edition" on 3 VHS tapes with included Discussion Guide available from the distributor, Gospel Communications. See more »

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Follows Jesus of Nazareth (1977) See more »

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Mostly turgid, with some good parts.
15 July 2003 | by dosifeiSee all my reviews

A.D. has to be one of the most breathtaking attempts to create a film based on the events surrounding the early Roman Empire's encounter with the then-nascent sect of Christianity. Unfortunately, the attempt is bloated and collapses under the weight of its own pretensions. Many in the incredible ensemble casts give terrific performances, not the least of which are Ava Gardner, Anthony Andrews, James Mason, and Paul Freeman. However, there is an equal number giving uninsipired performances, particularly among the fictional main characters.

The dialogue verges between passable and ludicrously embarrassing. That some great actors had to deliver ham-fisted lines is somewhat of a travesty. It also becomes overwhelmingly preachy and sentimental at times, so don't look for an objective view of the historical period.

The best thing going for A.D. is the production values, which are top-notch. Moreso than any movie up until that point, it conveyed a real sense of what it was like to live in that time period. But that and the few inspired performances aren't enough to save this from being a missed opportunity.


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31 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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