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The King of Kings (1927)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 2004 (USA)
Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writer:

Jeanie Macpherson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
H.B. Warner ... Jesus - the Christ
Dorothy Cumming ... Mary - the Mother
Ernest Torrence ... Peter
Joseph Schildkraut ... Judas Iscariot
James Neill ... James - Brother of John
Joseph Striker ... John - the Beloved
Robert Edeson ... Matthew - the Publican
Sidney D'Albrook Sidney D'Albrook ... Thomas, the Doubter
David Imboden David Imboden ... Andrew - a Fisherman
Charles Belcher Charles Belcher ... Philip
Clayton Packard Clayton Packard ... Bartholomew
Robert Ellsworth Robert Ellsworth ... Simon - the Zealot
Charles Requa Charles Requa ... James the Lesser
John T. Prince ... Thaddeus
Jacqueline Logan ... Mary Magdalene
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Storyline

Mary Magdalene becomes angry when Judas, now a follower of Jesus, won't come to her feast. She goes to see Jesus and becomes repentant. From there the Bible story unfolds through the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Most reverent and strikingly beautiful panorama of the tragedy of all ages--the world's greatest screen epic. A production acclaimed by world-famed scholars, press and public in this country and abroad, as the most ambitious presentation of the final years of the life of Jesus ever pictured on the screen. An epochal motion picture that will live forever in the hearts of mankind. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kralj kraljev See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,773,970
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1931 re-release) | (DVD) (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue)| Silent | Silent (RCA Photophone System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The crucifixion scene was shot on Christmas Eve. See more »

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In the first scene in Mary Magdalene's house, studio lights are reflected in a large hand-held mirror. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: This is a story of JESUS of NAZARETH...
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Crazy Credits

In the original premiere version, there is no 'THE END' title. The film fades to black after the final scene of Jesus looming over a modern city with the title 'LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS' superimposed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1927 premiere version of "King of Kings," the first film shown at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, ran 155 minutes. The film was later cut to 112 minutes for general release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009) See more »

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The best Jesus movie ever!
25 May 2000 | by David-240See all my reviews

What a masterpiece! Visually stunning and deeply moving, even for the non-religious. DeMille was at his best in the silent era, and I have never seen the story of Christ told so beautifully. With more than a passing nod to nineteenth century Biblical painting, DeMille recreates the last days of Jesus' life in painstaking detail. He takes some liberty with chronolgy, and there is his trademark combination of religious fervour and delicious decadence. But the passion and sincerity are so strong that I'll be surprised if you don't shed a tear once or twice. And Joseph Schildkraut is stunning as Judas.

Eye-popping sets and superb photography combine with huge crowds of extras and excellent costumes to create one of the great epic films. And dig that opening orgy scene involving a scantily clad Mary Magdalene, a couple of old men, a leopard and a hunky charioteer leading a team of zebra! Wow! The first shot of Jesus is also cinema magic, an unforgettable moment. This film is superb.


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