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King of Kings (1961)

The temporary physical life of everyone's Savior, Jesus Christ.

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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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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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$14,483,352 (USA)
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(35mm prints)| (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Richard Johnson had a role of approximately an hour's duration, which was deleted from the final film. See more »

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The wire holding up the branch on which Judas is hanging is clearly visible, especially when it appears to fall (as the unseen crew lowers it). See more »

Quotes

Herod Antipas: Dance for me Salome! Salome, drink little wine. Taste this, so that I may drain the cup.
Salome: I'm not thirsty.
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a film worthy of its subject (the life of Christ)
15 December 2004 | by (Vancouver,Canada) – See all my reviews

Check this out over the boring "Greatest Story Ever Told" any day. The entire cast right down to the bit players who portray the beneficiaries of Jesus healing are all effective and extremely moving. The script moves quickly and adeptly between story lines involving a Jewish insurgency against the Romans, King Herod's court, and the story of Jesus Christ. King of Kings may or may not be historically accurate, but makes for great entertainment. That said, the scenes with Jesus are almost all derived from the Gospel. Jeffrey Hunter is an excellent Jesus,emphasizing the gentleness and conveying the inner spiritual strength that the real Jesus must have possessed.Another of the many acting highlights is Brigid Bazlen as a wickedly sexy Salome. I can't fail to mention the Oscar worthy performance of Rip Torn as the spiritually "torn" Judas. Fans of the Larry Sanders Show should look for Torn in another overlooked performance in the movie "Pay Day". I believe Martin Scorsese said Jesus must have been the equivalent of a rock star in his time and this film affirms that idea.

This movie has something for everyone and scores on many different levels. First as historical fiction it's compellingly told,second there's plenty of heroic action involving Barrabas uprising against the Romans, and then the moving display of mysticism involving the scenes with Jeffrey Hunter (Jesus) and the inspiring majestic score of Miklos Roza. Nicholas Ray an unlikely choice for director tackles the subject with aplomb.


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