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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Poster

Goofs

Jump to: Continuity (1)  | Errors in geography (1)  | Factual errors (2)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1)  | Spoilers (1)

Continuity 

After Jesus brings Lazarus back from the dead, three men run to a castle on a hill to announce the miracles that Jesus has performed. In the long shot, the first man runs up to the castle entrance into the shade. The shade disappears and reappears between shots.
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Errors in geography 

Throughout the film there are shots of snow on the ground and snow on the mountains of Utah. Israel rarely gets any snow.
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Factual errors 

In the film Judas commits suicide by falling into a fiery pit at the temple in Jerusalem when it in actuality he committed suicide by hanging himself (Matthew 27).
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This film has James and Matthew as brothers which is incorrect. James and John are brothers (sons of Zebedee) and are two of the first Disciples chosen by Jesus.
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Miscellaneous 

When King Herod and his courtiers move around his throne room, the set floors sound distinctly like wood and plaster, instead of the solid stone they're supposedly made of.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Differences from the Bible accounts, and other historical inaccuracies, are not being counted as goofs, especially when they're reliant on sectarian traditions or Renaissance/Baroque art.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the film Judas Iscariot kills himself by jumping into a fire, but the Gospel accounts of this story say he hung himself. Also, after the Gospels, at the beginning of the Book of Acts, it is reported that Judas also died when he fell and his body split open, perhaps in the act of hanging himself. No where is his death associated with a fire. However, the director certainly was aware of these reports. As in other scenes in the movie, he may have decided to use a theatrical device to suggest something to the audience. Because Hell is popularly linked with fire, the implication may be that Judas sent himself to Hell, as if he literally jumped into it.
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