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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

The life of Jesus Christ.

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"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?" It is towards this climactic crossroads that the story of Jesus of Nazareth leads, and to which, at the final moment, it again looks back in triumphant retrospect. It is the anguishing crossroads where the eternal questions of faith and doubt become resolved. Written by alfiehitchie

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9 April 1965 (UK)  »

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George Stevens Presents The Greatest Story Ever Told  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,000,000 (USA)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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Trivia

The American film debut of actor Max von Sydow. Prior to this film, von Sydow was highly popular Swedish actor who appeared in Ingmar Bergman films (e.g. The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Virgin Spring (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1961)). Stevens wanted an unknown actor free of secular and unseemly associations in the mind of the public. See more »

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Differences from the Bible accounts, and other historical inaccuracies, are not being counted as goofs, especially when they're reliant on sectarian traditions or Renaissance/Baroque art. See more »

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Narrator: In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. I am He. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him, was made nothing that has been made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of man. And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness grasped it not. The greatest story ever told...
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Version of The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) See more »

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Hallelujah Chorus
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from "The Messiah"
Music by George Frideric Handel
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12 October 2000 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

The reasons for the sacrificial well in the city's temple have to do with the archaeological research of the time the movie was made. Not much, then or now, is really known about the Temple, except that Herod the Great (played by Claude Rains) built it to largely to appease the Roman conquerors. The Temple had Grecian (not Hebraic) architecture and supposedly had a well for animal sacrifices. The Hebrews were a very sophisticated ancient people who mostly, by that time, considered themselves above animal sacrifices--however much had been written about such practices in their earlier times, like the days of Genesis, Exodus, etc. While it may have appeased Romans, it probably did not please Herod's own subjects.

This is a carefully made motion picture. If one finds it too subdued, at least it doesn't suffer from the highflown melodramatics that other Christ movies have. Speaking as someone who is not a Christian, I find it deeply moving.


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