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King of Kings -- The powerful and critically-acclaimed story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style.
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Overview

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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:
Beautiful and Intelligent See more (101 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 .... choreography: 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
Country:
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) (MPAA rating: certificate #19712) | West Germany:6
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Due to Jeffrey Hunter's youthful, teen-idol appeal, the film was jokingly referred to within the industry as "I Was a Teenage Jesus" - in imitation of the low-budget teen-audience successes I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the Sermon on the Mount scene, several in the crowd are making the sign of the cross. This particular form of the sign of the cross developed in early Christianity sometime later.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Narrator:And when the tomb was found empty, some days passed, and Christ was seen at Emmaus, and in Jerusalem, and those who saw Him knew He was the Lord God. And then a final time He came among His disciples by the shore of Galilee...
Jesus:[offscreen] Do you know and love Me? Feed My sheep, for My sheep are in all the nations. Go you into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature who hungers. I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
[We see the shadow of Jesus coming nearer toward the ocean, and then he spreads His arms and his cloak also begins to spread out, as if He were ascending to Heaven. The disciples leave; Peter is the last to go]
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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful and Intelligent, 25 May 2000
Author: ctkoppel-2 from Washington, DC

There certainly has been a plethora of films about Jesus over the years, from deMille's silent "King of Kings" up to the present day TV mini-series. I feel that this version is clearly the winner. The film is never sensational or vulgar, as are so many biblical "epics," but is extremely moving in its dignified manner. The screenplay is intelligent, the photography gorgeous, and the acting, by an unusual cast not known for its stellar draw, is uncommonly good. Nicholas Ray's direction is first-rate, and the soaring Miklos Rozsa score is unforgettable. Jeffrey Hunter was unfairly ridiculed when the film was first released, and I believe gives a highly underrated performance as Christ. Even the minor players are superb, with the late Brigid Bazlen a frighteningly disturbed Salome. Compared to "King of Kings," George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told" is embarassingly bad. All in all, a highly worthwhile film experience, told without the glitz and excesses native to so many of those of its ilk.

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