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
On the way to the "Sermon on the Mount" scene, Jeffrey Hunter and Robert Ryan's car broke down. They had to push it to get it started...in costume as Jesus Christ and John the Baptist. See more »
As Jesus is led before Pilate, servants are laying out a red carpet and setting up other decorations as we see Pilate for the first time. The carpet is left rumpled and folded on the stairs as the camera cuts to a close up of Jesus; when we cut back to a shot of Pilate seconds later, the carpet is neat and flat on the stairs. See more »
Majestic portrayal of Christ, first rate storytelling. Outstanding soundtrack.
This is one of the classic portrayal's of Jesus Christ and the message of hope He gave to us. Jeffery Hunter did a riveting portrayal (the best I think that has been done)of the person of Christ. The intensity and the sheer majestic quality, shows just how much the writers, producer, and everyone involved wanted to portray Jesus the man and Jesus the Son of God with the total commitment of bearing witness to who the Son of God was, and is. I have the original collectors soundtrack from 1961, complete with hardback book, and the newer version on the CD with the added 30 minutes taken directly from the original movie film master. The soundtrack so greatly enhanced the already magnificent movie. I never tire of watching this classic. I have watched it about 25 times, the sermon on the mount part over 50 times. What a delivery! Jeffery Hunter was a great actor and the only one that could pull off this portrayal of Jesus. Amen!
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