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

Overview

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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:
Not to be missed See more (124 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)
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)
Pippo Pisciotto .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
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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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:
Rarely during the movie do any of the actors portraying Jesus blink their eyes. Director Franco Zeffirelli decided on this as a means of creating a subconscious visual mystique about the character that not only differentiated him from all other characters, and is eerily effective. The boy Jesus in the Temple blinks twice in the Temple, and the adult Jesus blinks only once on film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Just after Jesus is baptized by John, in one scene it shows him walking up the hill with the lower 1/4 of his clothes still wet from him bowing down in the water. The camera shifts to view John watching Jesus walking away and then comes back to Jesus, but this time his clothes are completely dry!See more »
Quotes:
Simeon:[seeing the Baby Jesus for the first time] Now I can die contented, Lord, according to Thy will.
[gently, to the Virgin Mary]
Simeon:And a sword shall pierce your heart.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Day of Triumph (1954)See more »

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91 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Not to be missed, 7 August 1999
Author: Tin Man-5 from Auke Bay, Alaska

Was Jesus the Divine Son of God or simply a daring revolutionary? There have always been questions concerning Jesus and who He really was, and therefore, there will probably always be films about Him and His ministry on Earth. Whether or not Jesus was who He claimed to be, the Savior of the world, one thing is certain: He is alive in the hearts of millions, and this film helped capture the spirit of the Christian beliefs, making Jesus not so much an icon but a living, breathing Son of God, perfect in every way, Who loved us enough to die for our sins.

There have been many versions of the life of Christ, and many actors who have brought their own personalities to the part. William Defoe was a fearless leader in "The Last Temptation of Christ." Brian Deacon was friendly and cheerful in "Jesus." Max Von Sydow spoke with authority and passion in "The Greatest Story Ever Told." Jurgen Prochnow was cold and mysterious in "The Seventh Sign." Jeffrey Hunter was untouchable and almost with little personality except to complete the mission assigned to him in "King of Kings." All of these men have contributed, but I would have to say that none of them were truly convincing, just because there are so many aspects to Jesus, and, being human, they were unable to really portray the Son of God affectively.

Enter Robert Powell. This man looks as if he were born to play Jesus, from the physical features to the very heart and soul of the Son of Man. He manages to combine the elements of his peers who attempted the role, and you don't see the actor....you see Jesus Christ. You can sence the love and the passion flowing through Him, and at the same time, you can see His authority and discipline. For the first time, we have a Jesus who is "one hundred percent man and one hundred percent God."

This is also possibly the longest movie I've ever sat through, but it held my attention, nevertheless. Zeffirelli manages to keep it captivating, with a powerful soundtract and a cast of famous actors that are jam-packed but never overused. Not only do you see an affective Jesus, but you also see a wonderful group of people who were affected by Him. If the real Jesus was anything like the way Robert Powell portrayed Him, then I don't have any problem wondering how Christianity has managed to grow and be spread, impacting countless lives....including mine.

"Jesus of Nazareth"....you do your title-name proud. Truly this Man WAS the Son of God.

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