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
The voice of Luis Prendes, who plays the Good Thief crucified alongside Jesus, was dubbed by another actor. See more »
The lance that is thrown at the Jews during the battle sequence has a string attached to it. See more »
John the Baptist:
Woman, is not your cup of abominations full enough?
How dare to say that to my face. Get down on your knees and beg my forgiveness!
John the Baptist:
You, woman? Who has given herself the captains of Assyria? To the young men of Egypt? Who has deserted the bed of her first husband, to live in incestuous lust with his brother?
Is there blood in your veins? Or, poison?
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A recent screening of "King of Kings" at New York's Museum of Modern Art (Gramercy Theater) proved the durability of this production. A sizable group of people were prepared to titter or howl at what they thought would be another mindless Biblical epic -- instead, they were quickly absorbed and attentive to the film's virtues: its reverence, economy, visual beauty, and especially Jeffrey Hunter's quietly commanding Christ. Yes, this is still the good film based on the New Testament (with some subtle and searching script additions). Thanks still go to Nicholas Ray for his tactful, expert handling of a timeless story.
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