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King of Kings (1961) Poster

(1961)

Quotes

[Jesus is mending a chair for the Virgin Mary, but has to leave for Jerusalem]

Jesus: The chair will have to wait until I return.

Virgin Mary: [having a vague premonition of Jesus' arrest, trial and death] The chair will never be mended. I am going with you.

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Lucius: [after Jesus dies] He is truly the Christ!

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[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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John the Baptist: Woman, is not your cup of abominations full enough?

Herodias: How dare to say that to my face. Get down on your knees and beg my forgiveness!

John the Baptist: You, woman? Who has given herself the captains of Assyria? To the young men of Egypt? Who has deserted the bed of her first husband, to live in incestuous lust with his brother?

Salome: Is there blood in your veins? Or, poison?

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Herodias: I heard that name John the Baptist. I hear he speaks evil things of me wherever he goes.

Salome: His heart should be ripped from his body!

Herod Antipas: Your daughter, Herodias, grows more like her mother day by day.

Salome: Do I not please you?

Herod Antipas: My stepdaughter pleases me very much, Salome.

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Lucius: Pilate offered that mob a choice.

Barabbas: [incredulous] And they chose me?

Lucius: Your followers yelled the loudest! Go; look at Him who is dying for you!

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Virgin Mary: I am alone now, share my table.

Mary Magdalene: I am a woman of sin.

Virgin Mary: You will share my table.

Mary Magdalene: I have done much evil.

Virgin Mary: Child, God knows evil exists as well as good. Just as there is light and darkness. Evil exists that we may be the better for it.

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Salome: [to John the Baptist] Yes, we do live in a very wicked world.

[sarcastically]

Salome: You frighten me, you angry man!

Herod Antipas: Salome, come back!

Salome: This beast amuses me. Make him dance! On a bed of hot coals.

Herodias: For better to cut his vicious tongue from its roots.

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Lucius: [to Jesus, who is trying to visit John the Baptist in prison] For some reason, I favored Your mother once before. I will give You a moment with the prisoner John. But remember this... break Caesar's law, and you shall find in me the most merciless of men.

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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.

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Jesus: [then, Jesus catches a chalice of wine, he pronounces the blessing, and he gives him to the disciples] Blessed you are you, oh Master, Our King of the Universe that gives us the wine, fruit of the Vineyard. Take, drink, therefore this is my blood that will be spilled by many for the pardon of the sins.

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Herod: Lucius, order every first born male child put to the sword.

Lucius: I am a Roman soldier. I do not murder children.

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Mary Magdalene: [after Christ leaves her in the garden] He is risen.

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Jesus: My God, my God, why have you foresaken me?

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Jesus: It is finished. Father, into your hands I commit my soul.

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Narrator: Caesar could find no Jew to press Rome's laws on this fallen land. So, Caesar named one Herod the Great, an Arab of the Bedouin tribe as the new false and maleficent King of the Jews.

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Narrator: From the dusts at Herod's feet, rebellions of Jews rose up. And Herod, in reply, planted evil seeds from which forests of Roman crosses grew high on Jerusalem's hills.

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Narrator: Trapped in this darkness, the Jews survived, by one promise: God would send a Messiah to deliver them forth.

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Narrator: Herod the Great, crushed by his many murders, self-crucified, fell dead. And Herod Antipas took murder for his crown.

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Herod Antipas: [observing John the Baptist from a distance] One more Messiah on the way. Do these Jews never tire of inventing deliverers?

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John the Baptist: Behold, the sign of the pagan. As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, so shall he send hosts to destroy the idol worshippers. The day is coming when the sword shall descend upon her legions. Her mighty kings and princes shall grow feeble. Her stolen treasures made worthless. Her cities shall crumble into dusts. We shall raise our voice and be heard.

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Salome: Go away you vile man!

John the Baptist: Daughter of adultery! There is but one that can save you. Go seek him out! Kneel at his feet and ask forgiveness for the sins of your mother.

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John the Baptist: [to Lucius, who is about to arrest him] Take me. But, you cannot stop Him who comes after me.

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Salome: Would you like me to come and visit you in your new cave?

John the Baptist: You are the seed of evil-doers. The child of corruption. Leave this house of darkness. Find your way into the light while there is yet time.

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Barabbas: We need more fighters and fewer prophets.

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Barabbas: Peace? There will be no peace in Jerusalem, unless it is won by the sword!

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Jesus: Woman, where are they now who condemned you? Then, neither will I condemn you. Go in sin, no more.

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Judas: Take me with you, Rabbi.

Jesus: Come.

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Pontius Pilate: There are no such things as miracles. Only fools who believe in them.

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Caiaphas: Tax collectors and harlots!

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Herod Antipas: Dance for me Salome! Salome, drink little wine. Taste this, so that I may drain the cup.

Salome: I'm not thirsty.

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Herod Antipas: Salome, dance for me. I command you to dance!

Salome: I will not dance.

Herod Antipas: You cannot refuse me. Salome will now dance for us!

Salome: I do refuse.

Herod Antipas: Salome, I beg of you. I'll give you anything you want.

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Narrator: For Jesus saw his own disciples doubt him. Awed by his miracles, faithful to him; yet, still they wondered why the Messiah could not raise up miraculous armies to strike Judea free. Could simple love and brotherhood be weapons against Rome?

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Barabbas: Judas dreams. And all dreamers are fools.

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Jesus: Blessed are you, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who bids us eat bitter herbs.

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Peter: You're wrong, woman. I-I do not know the man Jesus.

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Pontius Pilate: [sarcastically] Judea. A fine wedding present your father gave me!

Claudia: My dear Pontius, it is said whoever can govern Jerusalem can govern anywhere, even Rome.

Pontius Pilate: Do you think Tiberius really has me in mind as his successor in Rome?

Claudia: I wish I knew my father's mind as well as I know my husband's ambition.

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Herod Antipas: Tell me, Lucius. What manner of man is Pontius Pilate? How should I treat him? What is his weakness?

Lucius: Same as any man. Vanity.

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Camel Driver: [Spotting the 12-year-old Jesus, while refreshing himself in a well in Nazareth] Your son?

Virgin Mary: Yes.

Camel Driver: And, does He like being a carpenter?

Virgin Mary: Yes, He does.

Camel Driver: There's a big world outside this garden. Do you want Him to see it?

Virgin Mary: He will see it soon enough.

Camel Driver: Let me take Him with me. I'll pay you well. I can use a lad like that to help me with my caravan.

Virgin Mary: No. Someday, He will leave me, but someone else will call Him.

Camel Driver: And who will that be?

Virgin Mary: My son will know Him when He comes.

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Lucius: [Arriving at Jesus' home in Nazareth on horseback with another Roman soldier and greeting the Holy Family] Do not fear. We're simply checking the census against the tax rolls.

[Reading from a scroll]

Lucius: Now, you are... Joseph. And you live here with your wife Mary.

Joseph: That is so.

Lucius: [Pointing to Jesus] Who's this boy?

Virgin Mary: My son, Jesus.

Lucius: [Looking at the scroll again] I have no record of His birth. When was He born?

Virgin Mary: Twelve years ago.

Lucius: Where?

Virgin Mary: In Bethlehem.

[Jesus walks away]

Lucius: [Realizing Jesus must have survived the killing of the young boys in Bethlehem which he commanded on Herod's orders 12 years before, and after a long, tense pause] Bethlehem.

[Mary nods "yes"]

Lucius: [to the other Roman soldier, who then rides away] Count those in the next house.

[to Mary]

Lucius: See that the boy is registered before the year is out.

[Lucius himself rides away, after which Joseph and Mary look at each other with relief]

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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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Lucius: [Jesus is trying to visit John the Baptist in prison] The prisoner John is not allowed visitors. If you wish to send him a message, leave it with the guard.

Jesus: I would see John.

Lucius: Why?

Jesus: I come to free John.

Lucius: [sarcastically] And just how do you propose to break him free from his cell?

Jesus: I come to free him within his cell.

Lucius: Freedom? Behind stone walls?

Jesus: You are free to come and go as you please, and yet you are still a prisoner because you place no faith in anything but your sword.

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Mary Magdalene: Will you speak to your son for me?

Virgin Mary: [humbled by the request] Intercede...

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John the Baptist: [to Lucius, who is visiting him in his prison cell] You treated me well. I should like to ask just one more kindness.

Lucius: Ask.

John the Baptist: Before I leave this world, I would send a message to Jesus.

Lucius: What is the message?

John the Baptist: Ask of Him, in these words, "Was it Your coming that was foretold, or are we to expect another?"

Lucius: You doubt Him?

John the Baptist: No. I do not doubt Him. But I would like to hear it from His own lips.

[Lucius then unshackles John, who looks at him with appreciation]

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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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Pontius Pilate: [In Jerusalem, Pilate and Lucius are concerned Barabbas may be planning an uprising] How many followers has he?

Lucius: Who? God, Jesus, or Barabbas?

Pontius Pilate: Barabbas.

Lucius: How many dissatisfied Jews are there in Jerusalem?

Pontius Pilate: Have you considered the possibility of the followers of Jesus and Barabbas joining forces?

Lucius: I have.

Pontius Pilate: Where would it happen?

Lucius: Since we are here... here!

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