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Director:
Writer:
Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
The life of Jesus Christ. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Hunter Shines in Uneven Life of Christ Epic... See more (97 total) »

Cast

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Jeffrey Hunter ... Jesus
Siobhan McKenna ... Mary
Hurd Hatfield ... Pontius Pilate
Ron Randell ... Lucius

Viveca Lindfors ... Claudia
Rita Gam ... Herodias
Carmen Sevilla ... Mary Magdalene
Brigid Bazlen ... Salome

Harry Guardino ... Barabbas

Rip Torn ... Judas

Frank Thring ... Herod Antipas

Guy Rolfe ... Caiaphas

Royal Dano ... Peter

Robert Ryan ... John The Baptist
Edric Connor ... Balthazar
Maurice Marsac ... Nicodemus
Grégoire Aslan ... Herod (as Gregoire Aslan)
George Coulouris ... Camel Driver
Conrado San Martín ... General Pompey
Gérard Tichy ... Joseph (as Gerard Tichy)

Antonio Mayans ... Young John (as José Antonio)
Luis Prendes ... Good Thief
David Davies ... Burly Man
José Nieto ... Caspar
Rubén Rojo ... Matthew (as Ruben Rojo)
Fernando Sancho ... Madman
Michael Wager ... Thomas
Félix de Pomés ... Joseph of Arimathea (as Felix de Pomes)
Adriano Rimoldi ... Melchior
Barry Keegan ... Bad Thief
Rafael Luis Calvo ... Simon of Cyrene
Tino Barrero ... Andrew
Paco Morán ... Blind Man (as Francisco Moran)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Braña ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Cris Huerta ... Jewish Rebel (uncredited)

John Kerr ... Man at Sermon on the Mount (uncredited)
Paul Naschy ... Herod Antipas' Servant (uncredited)
Randy Paar ... Extra in Palm Sunday Scene (uncredited)

Aldo Sambrell ... Judea Soldier (uncredited)
Bud Strait ... John the Apostle (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... Bit part (uncredited)

Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay)

Ray Bradbury  narration (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Bronston .... producer
Alan Brown .... associate producer
Jaime Prades .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Berenguer (director of photography)
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Franz F. Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Renée Lichtig (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Enrique Alarcón (set decorations) (as Enrique Alarcon)
 
Costume Design by
Georges Wakhévitch (costumes designed by) (as Georges Wakhevitch)
 
Makeup Department
Anna Cristofani .... hair stylist
Charles E. Parker .... makeup creator (as Charles Parker)
Mario Van Riel .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Stanley Goldsmith .... general production manager
Carl 'Major' Roup .... unit manager (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noël Howard .... second unit director (as Noel Howard)
Carlo Lastricati .... assistant director
José López Rodero .... assistant director (as José Lopez Rodero)
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as José Maria Ochoa)
Sumner Williams .... second unit director
Simon Mizrahi .... assistant director (uncredited)
Julio Sempere .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stanley Detlie .... master of properties
Georges Wakhévitch .... sets designer (as Georges Wakhevitch)
Benjamín Fernández .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Vicente Sempere Sempere .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound recordist (as Basil Fenton Smith)
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
John Brommage .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects (as Alex C. Weldon)
 
Visual Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norton Kurland .... supervising electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Seelig .... supervisor of costuming
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Gibson .... supervising technician
Maciek Piotrowski .... murals
Betty Utey .... choreographer: for Salome's dance
Agnes Moorehead .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Samuel Bronston's Production King of Kings" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violent content
Runtime:
168 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1993) (1999) | USA:PG-13 | USA:Approved (original rating) (certificate #19712) | West Germany:6
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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:
Jesus:[during the Last Supper, Jesus catches a bread pronounces the blessing, he breaks him and he gives him to the disciples] Blessed you are you, oh Master, Our King of the Universe that gives us the bread, fruit of the Earth. Take, eat, therefore this is my body that will be given by you, do this in my memory.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Jésus (1999) (TV)See more »

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57 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Hunter Shines in Uneven Life of Christ Epic..., 9 August 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

'King of Kings' features Jeffrey Hunter's finest performance, as a young, dynamic Jesus of Nazareth, and his interpretation, open and earnest, is the best part of a movie both uneven and flawed.

Produced by many of the people responsible for 'Ben Hur', the film utilizes some of the same sets, actors (Frank Thring appears in major roles in both films), and composer (Miklos Rozsa, whose score for 'King of Kings' was one of his finest). The cast was fleshed out by respected actors (Robert Ryan is too old but charismatic as John the Baptist, Siobhan McKenna is a glowing, if also too old Mary, Brigid Bazlen, a deliciously wicked and oversexed Salome, Harry Guardino, an 'over-the-top' Barabbas, a VERY young Rip Torn scores as Judas). While the cast didn't have the 'star power' of 'Ben Hur', or many other Christian epics, the actors, by and large, perform credibly in their roles, particularly Hurd Hatfield and Viveca Lindfors, as Pilate and his wife, Claudia, and Ron Randell as Tribune Lucius.

The film was a MUCH less expensive project than 'Ben Hur'; the budget restraints show most glaringly in recreating Jesus' ministry (most of Christ's miracles are only referred to, not shown), and extras casting (non-professional Spanish townspeople, overdubbed with some truly RIPE dialog!).

The film works best when focusing on Jesus; unfortunately, it frequently veers off into distracting subplots about Barabbas and the zealots, and the decadence of Herod's court. These stories consume a LOT of screen time, and damage the overall impact of the film.

Yet rising above all this is Jeffrey Hunter's interpretation of the Savior. Easily the most audience-friendly of all the actors who have assailed the role, Hunter took a lot of flack for his 'matinee idol' good looks, and piercing blue eyes, but his kindness, sincerity, and the complete believability with which he delivers Christ's words overcome any qualms about his appearance. The Sermon on the Mount is a film high point, and magnificent; the Crucifixion and Resurrection have the kind of power that can bring a lump to your throat, even after repeated viewings.

While 'King of Kings' lacks the big names and budget of 'The Greatest Story Ever Told', or the emotional core of 'Jesus of Nazareth' or 'The Last Temptation of Christ', in Jeffrey Hunter, the film presents possibly the most compassionate of all screen Messiahs, and makes this film a very moving experience!

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