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Happy Easter Everybody

Updated on April 12, 2020
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I've been an online writer for over seven years. My articles often focus on DIY home projects, pet ownership, and fishing.

No, this is not how I look but I sure feel like this right now!

Can you identify this film and actor? Hint: the film involves a global pandemic, the actor is known far and wide and is considered to be among the most beautiful persons on earth.
Can you identify this film and actor? Hint: the film involves a global pandemic, the actor is known far and wide and is considered to be among the most beautiful persons on earth. | Source

Happy Easter to one and all!

Well, this is most assuredly the strangest and loneliest Easter I have ever had the misfortune of being alive for. Sequestered in our home, unable to attend any services, go anywhere, share with anyone other than my immediate family. Our Easter dinner has been, if not cancelled then at least postponed until further notice.

But there are still ways to celebrate, to maintain some semblance of normalcy in these trying times we are experiencing. We will view some films today which are among our favorites on the subject of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and follow along in the spirit of His word. I will share our favorites with you, add in a little quiz regarding the image above and see if you can identify the actor and film, and hopefully help you smile and find a blessing hidden deeply in our lives right now.

Hint:

The costar in this film has had a rough Christmas holiday, has had his peers try to kill him, and been chased by aliens.

The Robe

The film The Robe, starring Victor Mature, Sir Richard Burton, Jean Simmons and Michael Renne was based upon the book of the same name authored by Lloyd C. Douglas and arrived in theaters in 1953. It tells the tale of a Roman tribune who was handed the task of crucifying Jesus. He takes the robe which has Jesus' blood on it and it haunts him, causing him physical pain as he uses it as a shelter from a rain storm.

This is the story of those directly involved with Jesus' Crucifixion, allowing us to view persons on both sides of the conflict between Rome and early Christians. Masterfully directed, acted and filled with human intrigue, The Robe is one of my all time favorites.

Ben Hur

Not the atrocity that was the 2016 remake, but the original 1959 masterpiece starring Charlton Heston which gathered in eleven (that's 11) Academy Awards. I mean, why in the world would you try to remake an 11 time Oscar winning film?! You must be delusional, or at least stupid I suppose.

While not necessarily an Easter film per se, Ben Hur details the life of one man, Judah Ben Hur, along his life from his wealth and prosperous life through his accidental downfall, slavery and then rise once more to prominence. Along the way he encounters Jesus twice, once as a slave, the next as Jesus is en route to his Crucifixion.

Powerful, wide sweeping and filled with amazing sets and action, Ben Hur ranks among the very best films of all time.

Hint:

The person in the photo above has played death, savior from death, and a bringer of death.

The Ten Commandments

Another film not necessarily telling the story of Easter, yet because of its being shown primarily during the Easter/Passover time frame in my formative years, I associate it with Easter.

Another Charllton Heston larger than life character, filled with "a cast of thousands", Cecil B DeMille's magnus opus is one of the greatest films to ever grace the silver screen. Another multiple Academy Award nominee film, this story of Moses leading the Jews out of bondage and from under Rameses thumb as slaves is timeless. Heston plays Moses, while Yul Brynner IS Rameses. The confrontation between the two former "friends" is both powerful and heartbreaking at times, filled with egos so large the screen barely contains them in their roles.

The Passion of the Christ

Filled with actors whom I had never heard of before, and containing perhaps the most honest and truthful scenes of Christ's treatment and suffering in His final hours on earth, The Passion of the Christ is without a doubt the most difficult film I have ever forced myself to sit through. Not because it was bad, far from it; rather that it tells the story in such a straightforward manner, unblinking and unflinching in its attempt to relive Christ's crucifixion and His suffering by the hands of mortals that it forces one to truly identify with what He went though for us, for our sins.

I absolutely cannot get through this without crying, sometimes even sobbing at the cruelty displayed towards Jesus, even if I know it is but a film, these are actors, and no one was really hurt during the filming. But it was His life, His struggle, His pain that is put on display for us to witness, and to remember. We are here with a chance at redemption, for a better life all because of what He did for us, and as that is displayed in this film I can really identify with His struggle in a real time, real emotion moment.

Few films are more powerful and the fact that it is in subtitles while the words spoken are Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic does not detract from its greatness one iota. Watch it, I beg you; if only to make known to your soul what He did for us, now and always.

Final hint:

The film which this image is from, while not truly a pandemic situation film, is considered to be a Science Fiction film, a post apocalyptic film in which the pandemic is the means to the world's end.

Okay, one more tip (if you don't get it here, you might never get it): monkeys.

I received my very first Bible on Easter, 1961

From my grandparents; I still have it. Please share your memories of Easter, your thoughts on my film choices, and your thoughts on your favorite Easter films. And give me your guesses on who the actor is in the image. I will tell you right or wrong in the comments.

Take care, and may God bless on this sacred day.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Mr Archer

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      Mr Archer 

      6 weeks ago from Missouri

      Thank you Bill. Be safe my friend.

      Cheyenne, there were brutal times in those days for sure. Ten Commandments depicts Moses and the Hebrew slaves being brought out of Egypt. What violence is shown is all towards them. Same with The Robe and Ben Hur. With Passion, the cruelty and violence again is directed against Jesus. The Bible depicts what took place in those times, and is not sugar coated. Hebrew and Christians have been persecuted for millenia. To not show that would not be the truth. Of these films, Passion, of which the Resurrection is a scene, is by far the most violent but it is what was, direct and honest.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Seen them all, my friend.

      Happy Easter to you and your family! A weird one for sure, but where there is love, there is God!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Mike, I came back to watch the video clips. I have to say, I'm appalled. The violence is rampant. Do these movies bring the Bible to life? If so, no wonder our world is rampant with violence and disrespect for life.

      I've read the Bible (once), went to Catholic school. I was taught that God is Love. That He's forgiving. That He is Good. These movies depict the opposite. No wonder people question God and His existence. If these movies bring to life what God is all about, there are some major flaws in either what He stands for, what He's done, or why we're in the mess we are today.

      Or even if He exists.

      I know my comment is against the grain, but have an open mind and see all sides. These movies do not show God in a good light. Not at all.

      Please forgive me, but I wouldn't watch any of these movies - and definitely not with my son - with the exception of perhaps "The Resurrection". But questions still remain: Why would God sacrifice His Son for Mankind? Why did Jesus' resurrection not bring peace to the world?

      I see more questions than answers.

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      Mr Archer 

      6 weeks ago from Missouri

      He plays a great part in Monkeys, completely insane but hilarious. Bruce Willis is the lead with Madeline Stowe supporting. Take a look, think you will like it. Happy Easter!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Mike, I've never heard of "Twelve Monkeys". I've been a Brad Pitt fan since Thelma and Louise. He was amazing in "A River Runs Through It".

      I'll have to take your advice and put your suggestions on my must-watch list.

      Take care, my friend, and be safe!

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      Mr Archer 

      6 weeks ago from Missouri

      Well done Cheyenne! That is Brad Pitt from 12 Monkeys. Watched it the other day and paused it at that moment. I couldn't even tell that was him and I was watching the film!

      You both need to watch The Robe, and if you can, Passion. Both are outstanding. Take care Cheyenne and Liz.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Mike, first I want to wish you and your family a Happy Easter. Not having churches open doesn't bother me because I haven't been to church for probably forty years. Not because I don't believe (I do), I just don't think I need to leave my home in order to communicate with God.

      As far as the first photo, it looks like Brad Pitt but I have no clue what movie it would be. Aside from Ben Hur, I haven't seen any of the movies you feature here.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 weeks ago from SW England

      The only one I know is Charlton Heston in Ben Hur, despite the fact that I haven't seen it! I recognise the face in the first one but his name won't come to mind!

      I'm not a great film watcher but this was entertaining and a good way to spend some of Easter when you can't get out or even go to church.

      It seems many people are watching films daily during this lockdown.

      Happy Easter to you and may you keep safe and well.

      Ann

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      Mr Archer 

      6 weeks ago from Missouri

      Thank you Liz for your thoughts on the real meaning of Easter. As for who the actor is, perhaps another hint will help.

      He was an autumn legend and a fisherman in a river after he met Louise and Thelma.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      I am clueless as to the actor and I didn't do a lot better in an online extended family quiz earlier. These films take me back many years. Our family never went short on chocolate eggs and the Easter egg hunt tradition carries on today with grandchildren. But we always ensured that they understood the real meaning of the Christian message and church was a feature of Easter day. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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