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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

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 Power - The Passion - The Greatness - The Glory See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$5,037,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,483,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,000,000, 31 January 1989
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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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Trivia

Gérard Tichy's voice was dubbed by an uncredited actor. See more »

Goofs

Two boys arrive running when Jesus is healing a paralyzed man and then change places several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: For Jesus saw his own disciples doubt him. Awed by his miracles, faithful to him; yet, still they wondered why the Messiah could not raise up miraculous armies to strike Judea free. Could simple love and brotherhood be weapons against Rome?
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Referenced in Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

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It Still Delivers!
4 April 2003 | by chaderekSee all my reviews

A recent screening of "King of Kings" at New York's Museum of Modern Art (Gramercy Theater) proved the durability of this production. A sizable group of people were prepared to titter or howl at what they thought would be another mindless Biblical epic -- instead, they were quickly absorbed and attentive to the film's virtues: its reverence, economy, visual beauty, and especially Jeffrey Hunter's quietly commanding Christ. Yes, this is still the good film based on the New Testament (with some subtle and searching script additions). Thanks still go to Nicholas Ray for his tactful, expert handling of a timeless story.


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