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Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 10 October 1962 (USA)
Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Christopher Fry (screenplay), Pär Lagerkvist (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Barabbas
Silvana Mangano ... Rachel
Arthur Kennedy ... Pontius Pilate
Katy Jurado ... Sara
Harry Andrews ... Peter
Vittorio Gassman ... Sahak
Norman Wooland ... Rufio
Valentina Cortese ... Julia
Jack Palance ... Torvald
Ernest Borgnine ... Lucius
Arnoldo Foà ... Joseph of Arimathea (as Arnoldo Foa')
Michael Gwynn ... Lazarus
Laurence Payne ... Disciple
Douglas Fowley ... Vasasio
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... Scorpio
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Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into to pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place. Written by Humberto Amador

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) (DVD release)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (Westrex Electric Recording) (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Antony Quinn was usually dubbed, for the Italian market, by Arnoldo Foà. In this movie also Arnoldo Foà had a role, as Joseph of Arimathea. So two characters, Barabbas and Joseph, speak with the same voice in the version for the Italian market. See more »

Goofs

The gladiator that Torvald kills from the two-horse chariot remains on his back. The next shot, however, shows him on his chest. See more »

Quotes

[after being released from jail, Barabbas enters a tavern]
Barabbas: Here's a fine sight. Six weeks and nobody's moved!
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At long last, a notable epic comes to DVD, presented in an exceptional widescreen transfer.
4 March 2002 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

Richard Fleisher's BARABBAS is an Italian-American co-production, from the early sixties, much like Robert Aldrich's epic, SODOM AND GOMORRAH. Fleischer does a surprisingly good job turning Par Lagerkvist's preachy novel into a picturesque, character-driven epic, and Anthony Quinn is particularly good as the brooding, boorish lead character. There's some of the traditional ham-handed, Hollywood handling of ancient Christian martyrdom, but, as with most Biblical epics of the time, this is offset by better casting of the non-Christian and Roman characters (the script, much like that of QUO VADIS and BEN-HUR, always tends to make the Romans more interesting and memorable). The production design by Mario Chiari is exceptional, as is the subtle, effective music by Mario Nascimbene; and all of this is perfectly captured on Columbia/Tri-Star's new DVD version. The Technirama picture is presented in high-definition anamorphic widescreen and doesn't attempt to compromise the earth-toned Technicolor of the original film prints. The sound is mastered from the original 4-track magnetic elements and retains the localized dialogue of the theatrical mix. This is a quality costume epic, ranking with the best of it's kind, for fans of the genre. Too bad a disc version of the film is too late to allow commentary from it's star: the late, great Anthony Quinn.


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