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The Greatest Story Ever Told ()


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An all-star, large scale epic film that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

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  • Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
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Jesus
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James the Younger
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Veronica
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Martha of Bethany
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Sorak
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Barabbas
Joanna Dunham ...
Mary Magdalene
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Herod Antipas
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Bar Amand
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John the Baptist
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Caiaphas
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Claudia
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Angel at the Tomb
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Mary of Bethany
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Judas Iscariot
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Matthew
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The Virgin Mary
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Uriah
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Shemiah
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The Dark Hermit - Satan
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Simon of Cyrene
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King Herod
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Peter
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Pontius Pilate
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Nicodemus
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Questor
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Centurion at Crucifixion
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Woman Who Is Healed
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Old Aram
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Aben
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Captain of Lancers
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Herod's Commander
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Simon the Zealot
Burt Brinckerhoff ...
Andrew
Robert Busch ...
Emissary
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John
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Chuza
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Alexander
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Tormentor (as Frank de Kova)
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Melchior
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Thaddaeus
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Philip
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Scribe
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Balthazar
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Joseph
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Speaker of Capernaum
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Nathanael
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Thomas
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Herodias
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James the Elder
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Caspar
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Dumah
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Joseph of Arimathaea
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Gen. Varus
Chet Stratton ...
Theophilus
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Lazarus
Ron Whelan ...
Annas
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Good Thief on Cross (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ...
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Bad Thief on Cross (uncredited)
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Drunken Soldier - Herod Antipas' Court (uncredited)
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Dal Jenkins ...
Philip (uncredited)
Kyle Johnson ...
Simon of Cyrene's Son (uncredited)
Felix Locher ...
Elderly Man Who Touches Jesus (uncredited)
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Woman Behind Railings (uncredited)
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Centurion Guard (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
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Jacob of Bethlehem (uncredited)
Joseph V. Perry ...
Archelaus (uncredited)
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Peter's Accuser #2 (uncredited)
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Pilate's Aide (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ...
Rabble-Rouser (uncredited)
Norm Taylor ...
Roman Soldier at Crucifixion (uncredited)
Randall Taylor ...
Male Baby Extra (uncredited)
Renata Vanni ...
Weeping Woman (uncredited)
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Male Child Extra (uncredited)
Michael Weldon ...
Young man in crowd (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Jimmy Yates ...
Herodian Guard (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Stevens
David Lean ... (uncredited) (some scenes)
Jean Negulesco ... (uncredited) (some scenes)

Written by

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Fulton Oursler ... (book)
 
Henry Denker ... (source writings)
 
James Lee Barrett ... (screenplay) and
George Stevens ... (screenplay)
 
Carl Sandburg ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Frank I. Davis ... executive producer
George Stevens Jr. ... associate producer
George Stevens ... producer
Antonio Vellani ... associate producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

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Loyal Griggs
William C. Mellor

Film Editing by

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Harold F. Kress
Argyle Nelson Jr.
J. Frank O'Neill ... (as Frank O'Neil)

Editorial Department

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Don Guidice ... assistant editor
Hal Ashby ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Eliot Elisofon ... color coordinator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Art Direction by

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William J. Creber ... (as William Creber)
Richard Day
David S. Hall ... (as David Hall)

Set Decoration by

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Fred M. MacLean ... (as Fred MacLean)
Ray Moyer
Norman Rockett

Costume Design by

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Marjorie Best
Vittorio Nino Novarese

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paul Baxley ... second unit director
Ridgeway Callow ... assistant director
Wendell Franklin ... assistant director
William Hale ... second unit director
David S. Hall ... assistant director (as David Hall)
Addison Schaumer Jr. ... assistant director
George Stevens Jr. ... assistant director
Richard Talmadge ... second unit director
John Veitch ... assistant director

Art Department

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Sam Gordon ... property master

Sound Department

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Charles E. Wallace ... sound

Special Effects by

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Johnny Borgese ... special effects
Daniel Hays ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... special visual effects
Robert R. Hoag ... special visual effects
J. McMillan Johnson ... special visual effects
Clarence Slifer ... special visual effects
Jan Domela ... matte painter (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... effects camera operator (uncredited)
Albert Simpson ... matte painter (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich ... matte painter (uncredited)

Stunts

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Paul Baxley ... stunt coordinator
Bob Folkerson ... stunt performer
Henry Wills ... stunt coordinator
Carol Daniels ... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Hagner ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni ... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers ... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune ... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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R.B. Garig ... grip
Michael A. Jones ... lighting technician
Tom May ... key grip
Owen Marsh ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Homer Plannette ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Diana Wilson ... costumer
John Intlekofer ... costumer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Russell Bennett ... orchestrator
Richard Carruth ... music editor
Ken Darby ... choral supervisor
Leonard A. Engel ... music editor
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Gus Levene ... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers ... orchestrator (as Bernie Mayers)
Lyn Murray ... vocal supervisor
Alfred Newman ... conductor
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator
Hugo Friedhofer ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lyn Murray ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Fred Steiner ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Gene Clinesmith ... driver
James E. Haynes ... driver

Other crew

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John Dutton ... script supervisor (as John C. Dutton)
Ralph Helfer ... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. [us]
Carl Sandburg ... creative associate
Tony Van Renterghem ... director of research

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?" It is towards this climactic crossroads that the story of Jesus of Nazareth leads, and to which, at the final moment, it again looks back in triumphant retrospect. It is the anguishing crossroads where the eternal questions of faith and doubt become resolved. Written by alfiehitchie

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Also Known As
  • George Stevens Presents The Greatest Story Ever Told (United States)
  • George Stevens Presents The Greatest Story Ever Told (United Kingdom)
  • La plus grande histoire jamais contée (France)
  • Die größte Geschichte aller Zeiten (Germany)
  • La historia más grande jamás contada (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 225 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Telly Savalas shaved his head bald for his role as Pontius Pilate. He kept his head shaved for the rest of his life. See more »
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. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into He Walks in Beauty: The George Stevens Production 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Hallelujah Chorus See more »
Quotes Peter: Who's there?
James the Younger: [behind the door] Me.
Peter: [angrily opening the door] What's wrong with you? When I ask "Who's there", why do you answer "Me"?
James the Younger: It *was* me, Peter.
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