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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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1977  
Top Rated TV #207 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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TV-G | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 episodes) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Executive Producer Lew Grade and Director Franco Zeffirelli insisted their adaptation of Jesus' life should be "ecumenical", coherent, even to non-believers, and "acceptable to all denominations". To ensure the movie's accuracy, the producers consulted experts from the Vatican, the Leo Baeck Rabbinical College of London, and the Koranic School at Meknes, Morocco. However, when Zeffirelli asked Rabbi Albert Friedlander to help him create Jesus' Bar Mitzvah scene, the latter replied that such ceremonies were practiced only from the fifteenth century on. Yet, Zeffirelli insisted on having it, and Friedlander tried to teach Lorenzo Monet to read a short portion of the Pentateuch in Hebrew, though he mumbled it, and Zeffirelli was not satisfied (in the movie, boy Jesus reads mostly in English). See more »

Goofs

Full-immersion baptism, not sprinkling baptism, was in use at the time of Christ. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Region 1 DVD is the original 1977 broadcast. The Region 2 Carlton DVD released in the UK is substantially cut and runs at 270 minutes. The Dutch DVD release (also Carlton Region 2) has a running time of 365 minutes (the 399 minute running time stated on the cover is a misprint). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Not the Nine O'Clock News: Unaired Pilot (1979) See more »

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Best Movie about Jesus to date
9 April 2004 | by jmandro64See all my reviews

It has been 27 years since this TV mini-series aired. I watch it around Easter time every year. Robert Powell has played the best Jesus to date. Can you imagine how more awesome "The Passion" would have been if Powell played the part again. This movie was very believable.Does anyone know whatever became of Robert Powell? The other cast members played their parts well. I also noticed the good messages that were given that if more people watched it that they would get a better understanding of what God wants us to do. As a Roman Catholic I found this movie to be worth other Catholics to see. It also enhanced my faith since the first time I saw it at 13 years old.


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