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King of Kings (1961)

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The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writer:

Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Jesus
Siobhan McKenna ... Mary
Hurd Hatfield ... Pontius Pilate
Ron Randell ... Lucius
Viveca Lindfors ... Claudia
Rita Gam ... Herodias
Carmen Sevilla ... Mary Magdalene
Brigid Bazlen ... Salome
Harry Guardino ... Barabbas
Rip Torn ... Judas
Frank Thring ... Herod Antipas
Guy Rolfe ... Caiaphas
Royal Dano ... Peter
Robert Ryan ... John The Baptist
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Balthazar
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Storyline

The story of the life of Jesus Christ from his birth in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Filmed on a relatively grand scale, the film includes all of the major events referred to in the New Testament; his baptism by John the Baptist; the miracles - cripples walking, blind men seeing; the fishes and the loaves; and so on. The film actually begins with the Roman invasion by Pompey in 65 B.C., the appointment of King Herod the Great by the Romans and finally the crowning of Herod Antipas after he murders his father. The revolt led by Barrabas is also included and John the Baptist's beheading as Salome's price for dancing for Herod. Written by garykmcd

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The Magnificent Film of Mankind's Greatest Story! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violent content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Robert Ryan was keen to work with Nicholas Ray, but was more keen on the payday of $50,000 for just a week's work. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Barabbas is escaping from the Romans after he has ambushed them, he is alerted to their presence behind them by an arrow skipping off the rock just over his shoulder. The shadow of the person off-screen who "throws" the arrow is plainly visible. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: From the dusts at Herod's feet, rebellions of Jews rose up. And Herod, in reply, planted evil seeds from which forests of Roman crosses grew high on Jerusalem's hills.
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Connections

Version of El mártir del Calvario (1952) See more »

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A Well Done Biblical Movie.
27 May 2004 | by inspt71-1See all my reviews

This movie is so underrated. I think it's one of the best movies about Christ which was well played by Jeffery Hunter. There was also a great supporting cast that included Sobian McKenna, Robert Ryan and many others. Why this film

didn't get any attention at the 1961 Oscars, i'll never know. I would have given this film an Oscar Nomination for Miklos Rosza's music score which is one of his best scores ever. I think also the set designs were pretty good and worth of an Oscar nomination as well. The Cinematography was pretty good even though

there was better work at that time. I think this movie beats 1965's "The Greatest Story Ever Told" which went way too long and just wasn't as interesting as this one. Nicholas Ray did a great job with this one and this film deserved a lot more than it got.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samuel Bronston's Production King of Kings See more »

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Budget:

$5,037,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (35mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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