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The story of the life of Jesus Christ from his birth in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Filmed on a relatively grand scale, the film includes all of the major events referred to in the New Testament; his baptism by John the Baptist; the miracles - cripples walking, blind men seeing; the fishes and the loaves; and so on. The film actually begins with the Roman invasion by Pompey in 65 B.C., the appointment of King Herod the Great by the Romans and finally the crowning of Herod Antipas after he murders his father. The revolt led by Barrabas is also included and John the Baptist's beheading as Salome's price for dancing for Herod. Written by garykmcd

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A Story of The Christ. The Glory of His Spoken Words. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violent content | See all certifications »

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30 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Samuel Bronston's Production King of Kings  »

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$5,037,000 (estimated)
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This film's narrator, Orson Welles, would later narrate a portion of another Biblical work, The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis (1979). Before narrating this Biblical epic about the King of kings, Welles had earlier portrayed a king himself in another Biblical epic, David and Goliath (1960). Welles would even portray a director directing a Biblical epic in Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963), when he ironically had earlier directed himself in his own scenes in "David e Golia". See more »

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The lance that is thrown at the Jews during the battle sequence has a string attached to it. See more »

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[Jesus is mending a chair for the Virgin Mary, but has to leave for Jerusalem]
Jesus: The chair will have to wait until I return.
Virgin Mary: [having a vague premonition of Jesus' arrest, trial and death] The chair will never be mended. I am going with you.
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Wonderful portrayal of the Life of Jesus Christ
24 July 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Watching the film in the early 60's left me with a visual of what Christ looked like and it is always Jeffrey Hunter, even today. Hunter was perfect for the role and his powerful voice while giving the beatitudes in the hills was great. Having studied the Bible and believing in it, just seeing this film always touches my heart. The time-line of the birth of Christ to the death on the cross and finally with the resurrection of Christ is truly the whole Glorious Story of just what God gave to the world.


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