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Jesus of Nazareth: :  -- A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.

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Writers:
Anthony Burgess (written by) &
Suso Cecchi D'Amico (written by) ...
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
3 April 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Best Movie of the Life of Christ See more (128 total) »

Cast

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Robert Powell ... Jesus Christ (2 episodes, 1977)

Anne Bancroft ... Mary Magdalene (2 episodes, 1977)

Ernest Borgnine ... The Centurion (2 episodes, 1977)
James Farentino ... Simon Peter (2 episodes, 1977)

Ian McShane ... Judas Iscariot (2 episodes, 1977)

Christopher Plummer ... Herod Antipas (2 episodes, 1977)

Olivia Hussey ... Virgin Mary (2 episodes, 1977)
Tony Vogel ... Andrew (2 episodes, 1977)
John Duttine ... John the Evangelist (2 episodes, 1977)

Michael York ... John the Baptist (2 episodes, 1977)
Jonathan Muller ... James I (2 episodes, 1977)

Claudia Cardinale ... The Adulteress / ... (2 episodes, 1977)

Valentina Cortese ... Herodias (2 episodes, 1977)
Sergio Nicolai ... James II (2 episodes, 1977)

James Mason ... Joseph of Arimathea (2 episodes, 1977)

Laurence Olivier ... Nicodemus (2 episodes, 1977)

Anthony Quinn ... Caiaphas (2 episodes, 1977)

Rod Steiger ... Pontius Pilate (2 episodes, 1977)
John Eastham ... Bartholomew (2 episodes, 1977)

Ian Holm ... Zerah (2 episodes, 1977)

Ian Bannen ... Amos (2 episodes, 1977)
Keith Washington ... Matthew (2 episodes, 1977)
Norman Eshley ... Joseph (2 episodes, 1977)
David Garfield ... Amos (2 episodes, 1977)
Robert Rietty ... Various small roles (2 episodes, 1977)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Salome (2 episodes, 1977)
Yorgos Vogiatzis ... Joseph (2 episodes, 1977)
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Series Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Writing credits
Anthony Burgess (unknown episodes)
David Butler (unknown episodes)
Suso Cecchi D'Amico (unknown episodes)
Franco Zeffirelli (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Tarak Ben Ammar .... deputy producer: Tunisia (unknown episodes)
Lew Grade .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Bernard J. Kingham .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Vincenzo Labella .... producer (unknown episodes)
Dyson Lovell .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Maurice Jarre (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Armando Nannuzzi (unknown episodes)
David Watkin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Reginald Mills (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Dyson Lovell (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Gianni Quaranta (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Marcel Escoffier (unknown episodes)
Enrico Sabbatini (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ennio Cascioli .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Otello Fava .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Stefano Fava .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Giancarlo Marin .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Abdellatif Ben Ammar .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Eros Lafranconi .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Luciano Piperno .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Abdelaziz Ramdani .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Piero Amati .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)

Mohamed Abbazi .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Alvaro Passeri .... assistant production designer (2 episodes, 1977)
Umberto Vandilli .... painter (2 episodes, 1977)

Francesco Fedeli .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
David Stephenson .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1977)

Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Peter Maxwell .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Don Sharpe .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Lionel Strutt .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Nino Cristiani .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanni Viti .... assistant costume designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Frank Barber .... music assistant (unknown episodes)
Maurice Jarre .... conductor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Alberto Testa .... choreographer (unknown episodes, 1977)
Yvonne Axeworthy .... continuity (unknown episodes)
Stefano Priori .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
382 min | UK:180 min (2 episodes) | Italy:237 min (theatrical version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G (cut version) | Australia:M (original uncut version) | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Egypt:(Banned) | Finland:K-12 (1997) | Norway:10 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:PG | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
The eye makeup for Robert Powell consisted of a thin line of dark blue eyeliner on the upper lid of the eye, and a thin line of white eyeliner on the lower lid. This had the effect of highlighting the piercing blue of the actor's eyes, thus giving him a penetrating stare, when combined with very little blinking, made the character appear surreal and supernatural.See more »
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Anachronisms: The celebration of becoming a Bar Mitzvah, which Jesus is shown participating in, was not developed until medieval times.See more »
Quotes:
Jesus Christ:What is the heart of the law?
Joseph of Arimathea:"Hear, O Israel, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy strength." This is the greatest commandment.
Jesus Christ:You have said well. You are not far from the Kingdom of God, Joseph of Arimathea. But there is another commandment, no less greater: you must love your neighbor as yourself.
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85 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
The Best Movie of the Life of Christ, 26 March 2005
Author: buttuglybiker from United States

"Jesus of Nazareth" is by far the most detailed movie on the life of Christ. I remember when it first aired on TV back in April of 1977. That was the week of my wedding and I remember watching it with my new bride on our honeymoon. Because of it's length and as a mini series it was able to cover most all the events in Jesus's life. There are many scenes and which I would say are some of my favorites but by far the best scene in the whole movie is when Earnest Borgnine, playing a Roman Centurian, approaches Jesus with a request that he heal a servant of his. A servant he loves as a son. Jesus says he will go to his home. The Centurian says that it won't be necessary since Jesus is a Jew and can't come into a Gentiles home. All Jesus has to do is give the word and he knows that Jesus would heal his servant. Jesus says that he has found no greater faith in all Israel than that of this Centurian. Although there were some artistic interpretations in the movie, they are so very few it isn't worth mentioning. I have seen the "Passion of the Christ" and I feel it is a very powerful movie on the last week of Christ, but it is so intense. I have to give "Jesus of Nazareth" the highest rating possible

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