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King of Kings (1961)

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The life of 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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The most exciting human drama the screen has ever told. A story of the Christ, His life, His deeds, the inspiration 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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King of Kings (1961) date of release, Monday, October 30th, 1961, was 23 years after off-screen narrator, Orson Welles (& other Mercury Theatre Radio station co-workers & members) scared numerous radio listeners, all across the United States of America, of the science-fiction novel written by H.G. Wells, he titled "The War of the Words". Their live CBS radio broadcast occurred on Sunday evening, October 30th, 1938. See more »

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When Lucious is reading a scroll of Jesus' activities for Herod, Pilate, and others, he recounts the feeding of 5000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. But Lucious can be clearly seen to say "five" fish while the soundtrack says "two". See more »

Quotes

Pontius Pilate: [Interrogating John the Baptist after Lucius arrested him] Tell me, what is your occupation?
John the Baptist: I do the bidding of the Lord my God.
Pontius Pilate: Judging from your appearance, your God seems to be a rather unprofitable master to serve.
John the Baptist: I do not seek my reward in the world you live in.
Pontius Pilate: Nevertheless, you will find one here.
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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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