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The Great Commandment (1939)

The Great Commandment is a Christian film directed by Irving Pichel, which portrays the conversion to Christianity of a young Zealot, Joel, and the Roman soldier Longinus through the ... See full summary »

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Joel
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Lamech (as Maurice Moscovich)
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Marjorie Cooley ...
Tamar
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Jemuel
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Tax collector
Olaf Hytten ...
Anthony Marlowe ...
Singer
Lester Sharpe ...
First Zealot (as Lester Scharff)
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Judas (as Marc Lobell)
Harold Minjir ...
Earl Gunn ...
Wounded Man
Albert Spehr ...
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The Great Commandment is a Christian film directed by Irving Pichel, which portrays the conversion to Christianity of a young Zealot, Joel, and the Roman soldier Longinus through the teachings of Jesus in his Parable of the Good Samaritan. It was co-produced by Rev. James K. Friedrich and released by Cathedral Films in 1939. Its theatrical release was in 1941 by Twentieth Century Fox. Written by Bob Renner

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10 April 1941 (Mexico)  »

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A Sombra da Cruz  »

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$130,000 (estimated)
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Rev. James K. Friedrich produced this picture in order to portray a "correct" version of the crucifixion. After PCA censor Joseph I. Breen voiced concerns about the onscreen representation of Jesus, producer John T. Coyle decided to eliminate Jesus as an onscreen character and to use the camera's point of view to represent him instead. The picture was not released nationally until 1941, but had its previews in Joplin, MO, and at the Ambassdor Theater in Los Angeles on 2 Oct. 1939 See more »

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Followed by The Living Christ Series (1951) See more »

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Looking for good messages in movies

IF your looking for lots of bible in this movie it is lacking but the message is here and that message is don't judge a book by it's cover. If you are seeking the truth you will find it. This movie is about a zealot who becomes a changed man even after his own brother is killed by a ROMAN soldier. Some preaching of the actor playing Jesus Christ is shown but more would have been better. I liked the other movies the Rev. JAMES K. FRIEDRICH did much better like "THE LIVING CHRIST SERIES" and "THE LIVING BIBLE" also called"THE LIFE OF CHRIST" and even "LIFE OF ST. PAUL SERIES".Well keep the good,throw away the bad. Well as far as i know it was his first movie in 1939.


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