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Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 10 October 1962 (USA)
Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barabbas
... Rachel
... Pontius Pilate
... Sara
... Peter
... Sahak
Norman Wooland ... Rufio
... Julia
... Torvald
... Lucius
... Joseph of Arimathea (as Arnoldo Foa')
... Lazarus
... Disciple
... Vasasio
Guido Celano ... Scorpio
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Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into to pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place. Written by Humberto Amador

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(TCM print) (DVD release)

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(Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 36131 delivered on 19-12-1961. See more »

Goofs

The gladiator that Tovald kills from the two-horse chariot remains on his back. The next shot, however, shows him on his chest. See more »

Quotes

Barabbas: Darkness... I give myself up... into your keeping. It is... Barabbas.
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An Intelligent, Sane, Thoughtful, Moving Film: Mel Gibson Had Nothing To Do With It
31 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a first-class, reverent film that doesn't fall into Hallmark-card empty kitsch on one hand, or Mel Gibson's sado-masochistic porn on the other. This movie does not insult the subject-matter or the audience, and that's rarer than we might like.

Special credit goes to Aldo Tonti's Rembrandt lighting, consistently a joy. Mario Nascimbene's musical score rises above his usual brutality to real eloquence. The acting is without weakness, Quinn, Borgnine, Jurado and Andrews putting aside their sometimes numbing predictability for this special occasion. Richard Fleischer's direction is punchy without being vulgar, serious but not ponderous.

There are some awful religious films out there. This is thankfully not one of them. It's definitely worth the viewing for Christians and non-Christians alike.


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