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Jesus of Nazareth 

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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
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Top Rated TV #244 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robert Powell ...  Jesus Christ 2 episodes, 1977
Anne Bancroft ...  Mary Magdalene 2 episodes, 1977
Ernest Borgnine ...  The Centurion 2 episodes, 1977
James Farentino ...  Simon Peter 2 episodes, 1977
Ian McShane ...  Judas Iscariot 2 episodes, 1977
Christopher Plummer ...  Herod Antipas 2 episodes, 1977
Olivia Hussey ...  Virgin Mary 2 episodes, 1977
Tony Vogel ...  Andrew 2 episodes, 1977
John Duttine ...  John the Evangelist 2 episodes, 1977
Michael York ...  John the Baptist 2 episodes, 1977
Jonathan Muller Jonathan Muller ...  James I 2 episodes, 1977
Claudia Cardinale ...  The Adulteress / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Valentina Cortese ...  Herodias 2 episodes, 1977
Sergio Nicolai Sergio Nicolai ...  James II 2 episodes, 1977
James Mason ...  Joseph of Arimathea 2 episodes, 1977
Laurence Olivier ...  Nicodemus 2 episodes, 1977
Anthony Quinn ...  Caiaphas 2 episodes, 1977
Rod Steiger ...  Pontius Pilate 2 episodes, 1977
John Eastham John Eastham ...  Bartholomew 2 episodes, 1977
Ian Holm ...  Zerah 2 episodes, 1977
Ian Bannen ...  Amos 2 episodes, 1977
Keith Skinner ...  Obessed Boy / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Keith Washington Keith Washington ...  Matthew 2 episodes, 1977
Isabel Mestres ...  Salome 2 episodes, 1977
David Garfield ...  Amos 2 episodes, 1977
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ...  Various small roles 2 episodes, 1977
Nikki Van der Zyl ...  Salome 2 episodes, 1977
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

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Country:

Italy | UK

Language:

English | Syriac

Release Date:

3 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesus of Nazareth See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico See more »

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Runtime:

| (2 episodes) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rarely during the movie do any of the actors portraying Jesus blink their eyes. Writer and Director Franco Zeffirelli decided on this as a means of creating a subconscious visual mystique about the character that not only differentiated him from all of the other characters, and is eerily effective. The boy Jesus in the Temple blinks twice in the Temple, and the adult Jesus blinks only once on film. See more »

Goofs

When Jesus' body is taken down off the cross and laid on the floor, one of his eyes blinks slightly. See more »

Alternate Versions

For Easter 2016, the UK's Sky Arts channel showed one part a day over the 4 days of Easter. They used the extended 4 parts of 120 minutes each version, totaling 8 hours with advertising. See more »

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Version of The King of Kings (1927) See more »

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An excellent road sign
21 March 2005 | by cris-57See all my reviews

I recently watched this movie meticulously as I had the job of transcribing most of it to paper for a later production translation. I had seen this movie when it was originally broadcast in the 70's. Being a visually oriented learner, creative type and fundamental but immature in my Christian faith...I was distracted by the handsomeness of Powell and his blue eyes and aforementioned preoccupation of my own perceptions.

That said, I would say that this is the best movie made about the life of Christ that I have seen and I've seen numerous. Robert Powell does make the character of Jesus very human and believable...and also gives the viewer a sense of the divine...Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. In short, a viewer can look forward to meeting this Jesus and not feel condemned...and can walk away forgiven.

But there are people in this world who are fundamental and want to see a Jesus as described in The Bible as accurately as possible for a human to portray. Personally, I believe that God can inspire a man to play the role of Jesus to a certain extent. It's my opinion that Powell was inspired...not totally, but to a certain extent. BTW doesn't God want all of us to act like little Jesus'? Obviously, no man can portray the character of Jesus fully...there is only one Jesus.

I would still like to see a Jesus that matches the biblical description: - he was not handsome according to the prophet Isaiah. - he was so beat up during his passion that he was not able to be recognized to be a man...again the prophet Isaiah. - His beard was torn out...again, I believe that's Isaiah.

In my opinion, "The Passion" surpasses "Jesus of Nazereth" in that part of the story...but it too falls short of the points above.

All in all, Jesus of Nazereth is an excellent road sign to point men to the truth.


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