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
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 »
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 »
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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