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Barabbas (1961)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 10 October 1962 (USA)
Barabbas, the criminal that the Jewish leaders 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 ... Scorpio
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Storyline

In times of great upheaval during Passover in early-first-century Jerusalem, the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, finds himself before a pressing dilemma. As part of a tradition, the indecisive ruler offers the agitated crowd the choice to have either Jesus of Nazareth or the murderer, Barabbas, released from Roman custody; but, instead, the people demand the release of the thief. Now, as Jesus takes Barabbas' place on the cross, an inhumane act of punishment paves the way for an arduous spiritual journey of faith, leading Barabbas to Sicily's dark sulphur mines, and the blood-soaked soil of Emperor Nero's Coliseum. Will Jesus' sacrifice set Barabbas, the slave, free? Written by Nick Riganas

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Now! Step Into a World of Passion and Upheaval See more »


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Final film of actress Natasha Lytess. See more »

Goofs

Torvald never casts his net at his second victim. Instead, he tramples the man beneath his chariot. Yet when he returns to his starting point to prepare to face Barabbas, the net has vanished and he must be supplied with a new one before the action can begin again. See more »

Quotes

Peter: [Arrested for arson, Barabbas has been brought to the dungeons housing the Christians falsely accused of the act] This burning city is no work of ours. This isn't how the new kingdom is going to be made. You were wrong.
Barabbas: Who are you to tell me I'm wrong?
Peter: Many years ago, we spoke together. Do you remember?
Barabbas: No.
Peter: You asked me why I was making a net so far from the sea.
Barabbas: Jerusalem. The street of the potters.
Peter: You were as mistaken then as you are again now.
Female Christian: We didn't set fire to the city.
Male Christian: You've done the work of...
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"Give me Barabbas!"
19 April 2002 | by mikedonovanSee all my reviews

BARABBAS rocks. We saw it at the drive-in in the early 60's and the whole family loved it, all nine of us. I'm not always enamored with Anthony Quinn. Sometimes he seems conceited. But as Barabbas he is brilliantly humble, yet powerful. This is by far, his best movie ever. His faces say a thousand words a thousand times. It's as though he was transformed and really became the character, not played it. He is stoic and disturbed, tortured by the crisis within his soul. Barabbas is the man the crowd chose over Christ and this is a fictionalized account of his life after Christ was crucified. Jack Palance gives the second greatest performance of his life as the man who trains, and sometimes kills, gladiators. That evil laugh. That face. What corner of hell gave birth to this man? It's almost as good as his Jack Wilson gunfighter role in Shane. Palance is so mean in Barabbas that all sorts of pacifists would gladly kill him if they had the chance. There are a couple of slow spots but the sets are fantastic and the story is great.

How did Jack Palance sleep at night?


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,322,000
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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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