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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:
An excellent road sign See more (124 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 23 of 59)

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)
 
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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Peter O'Toole was cast as Judas, but had to back out of the project due to illness.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The celebration of becoming a Bar Mitzvah, which Jesus is shown participating in, was not developed until medieval times.See more »
Quotes:
Pontius Pilate:Do you realize I have the power to release you or have you crucified?
Jesus Christ:You wouldn't have had that power over me if it hadn't been given to you from above.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) (TV)See more »

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45 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
An excellent road sign, 21 March 2005
Author: cris-57 from Mongolia

I recently watched this movie meticulously as I had the job of transcribing most of it to paper for a later production translation. I had seen this movie when it was originally broadcast in the 70's. Being a visually oriented learner, creative type and fundamental but immature in my Christian faith...I was distracted by the handsomeness of Powell and his blue eyes and aforementioned preoccupation of my own perceptions.

That said, I would say that this is the best movie made about the life of Christ that I have seen and I've seen numerous. Robert Powell does make the character of Jesus very human and believable...and also gives the viewer a sense of the divine...Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. In short, a viewer can look forward to meeting this Jesus and not feel condemned...and can walk away forgiven.

But there are people in this world who are fundamental and want to see a Jesus as described in The Bible as accurately as possible for a human to portray. Personally, I believe that God can inspire a man to play the role of Jesus to a certain extent. It's my opinion that Powell was inspired...not totally, but to a certain extent. BTW doesn't God want all of us to act like little Jesus'? Obviously, no man can portray the character of Jesus fully...there is only one Jesus.

I would still like to see a Jesus that matches the biblical description: - he was not handsome according to the prophet Isaiah. - he was so beat up during his passion that he was not able to be recognized to be a man...again the prophet Isaiah. - His beard was torn out...again, I believe that's Isaiah.

In my opinion, "The Passion" surpasses "Jesus of Nazereth" in that part of the story...but it too falls short of the points above.

All in all, Jesus of Nazereth is an excellent road sign to point men to the truth.

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