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30 October 1961 (USA) See more »
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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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 / Roman Soldier (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
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
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Agnes Moorehead .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Samuel Bronston's Production King of Kings" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violent content (2004)
168 min
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)
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:Approved (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #19712) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40981) (2004) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: When Jesus is teaching people how to pray with the Lord's Prayer, it is said with the doxology at the end (for thine is the kingdom, etc.). The doxology was not part of the original prayer but was added at a later time.See more »
Pontius Pilate:[Lucius is reporting to Pontius Pilate and Herod Antipas on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount] What did the man say?
Lucius:[dryly] He spoke of... peace, love, and the brotherhood of man.
Herod Antipas:Humph! Is that all?
Lucius:That is all.
[Lucius leaves]
Herod Antipas:[noticing Pilate looks puzzled] What is the matter?
Pontius Pilate:The look on Lucius' face.
Herod Antipas:He had a long journey. He looked tired.
Pontius Pilate:He looked more than tired to my eyes.
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a film worthy of its subject (the life of Christ), 15 December 2004
Author: Tashtago from Vancouver, Canada

Check this out over the boring "Greatest Story Ever Told" any day. The entire cast right down to the bit players who portray the beneficiaries of Jesus healing are all effective and extremely moving. The script moves quickly and adeptly between story lines involving a Jewish insurgency against the Romans, King Herod's court, and the story of Jesus Christ. King of Kings may or may not be historically accurate, but makes for great entertainment. That said, the scenes with Jesus are almost all derived from the Gospel. Jeffrey Hunter is an excellent Jesus,emphasizing the gentleness and conveying the inner spiritual strength that the real Jesus must have possessed.Another of the many acting highlights is Brigid Bazlen as a wickedly sexy Salome. I can't fail to mention the Oscar worthy performance of Rip Torn as the spiritually "torn" Judas. Fans of the Larry Sanders Show should look for Torn in another overlooked performance in the movie "Pay Day". I believe Martin Scorsese said Jesus must have been the equivalent of a rock star in his time and this film affirms that idea.

This movie has something for everyone and scores on many different levels. First as historical fiction it's compellingly told,second there's plenty of heroic action involving Barrabas uprising against the Romans, and then the moving display of mysticism involving the scenes with Jeffrey Hunter (Jesus) and the inspiring majestic score of Miklos Roza. Nicholas Ray an unlikely choice for director tackles the subject with aplomb.

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