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


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Release Date:
3 April 1977 (USA) See more »
A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 27 of 63)

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)

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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
382 min | UK:180 min (2 episodes) | Italy:237 min (theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Did You Know?

Jesus Christ says "Talitha Cumi" when he brings the girl back to life from her death. Talitha Cumi is Aramaic which means "Little girl, rise." Aramaic was the language of first century Israel. Aramaic continued to be the language of Hebrews in early second century AD until Simon Bar Kokhba tried to revive Hebrew and tried to make Hebrew the official language of Hebrews during Bar Kokhba revolt (132-135 AD). According to Book "Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World" written by Kimberly B. Stratton (p. 232), Dead Sea Scrolls Archaeologist Yigael Yadin suggests that Bar Kokhba was trying to revive Hebrew by decree as part of his messianic ideology.See more »
Anachronisms: Full-immersion baptism, not sprinkling baptism, was in use at the time of Christ.See more »
Jesus Christ:Destroy this temple, and in three days I will make it rise again.
Zerah:It took centuries to build this temple. Do you think you can build it again in three days?
Jesus Christ:You have said it, but you have not understood.
Zerah:[indignant] Rabbi, I understand better than you *think*.
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56 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece, 19 May 2004
Author: jsixtvf from Mallorca

A film with a prodigious baroque photography, a true homage to sacred art works in line of catholic tradition. Also this film is a personal view of Zeffirelli, who presents a Christ very human, although sometimes in mystical ecstasy but probably like must be a man who thinks that is a God. Zeffirelli message is than exceptical like Pasolini. Jesus Miracles are simple and criptical and can considered it. In this film there is philosophical conversation, in Pasolini only there a translation of "evangelio secondi di mateo" texts, like says the title. Dramatically is very better that Passolini. Robert Powell is incredible. The cinematography and illumination is the key for achieve that scenes that mix light and darkness. Atrezzo is totally realistic. Virtuoso and majesty. Perfect 10/10

My English is poor, I know it.

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