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  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Robert Powell ...  Jesus / ... 4 episodes, 1977
Anne Bancroft ...  Mary Magdalene 4 episodes, 1977
Ernest Borgnine ...  The Centurion 4 episodes, 1977
Claudia Cardinale ...  The Adultress / ... 4 episodes, 1977
Valentina Cortese ...  Herodias 4 episodes, 1977
James Farentino ...  Simon Peter 4 episodes, 1977
James Earl Jones ...  Balthazar 4 episodes, 1977
Stacy Keach ...  Barabbas 4 episodes, 1977
Tony Lo Bianco ...  Quintilius 4 episodes, 1977
James Mason ...  Joseph of Arimathea 4 episodes, 1977
Ian McShane ...  Judas / ... 4 episodes, 1977
Laurence Olivier ...  Nicodemus 4 episodes, 1977
Donald Pleasence ...  Melchior 4 episodes, 1977
Christopher Plummer ...  Herod Antipas 4 episodes, 1977
Anthony Quinn ...  Caiaphas 4 episodes, 1977
Olivia Hussey ...  Mary / ... 4 episodes, 1977
Fernando Rey ...  Gaspar 4 episodes, 1977
Ralph Richardson ...  Simeon 4 episodes, 1977
Rod Steiger ...  Pontius Pilate 4 episodes, 1977
Peter Ustinov ...  Herod the Great 4 episodes, 1977
Michael York ...  John the Baptist 4 episodes, 1977
Cyril Cusack ...  Yehuda / ... 4 episodes, 1977
Ian Holm ...  Zerah 4 episodes, 1977
Ian Bannen ...  Amos 4 episodes, 1977
Marina Berti ...  Elizabeth 4 episodes, 1977
Regina Bianchi Regina Bianchi ...  Anne / ... 4 episodes, 1977
Maria Carta ...  Martha 4 episodes, 1977
Lee Montague ...  Habbukuk 4 episodes, 1977
Renato Rascel ...  The Blind Man 4 episodes, 1977
Oliver Tobias ...  Joel 4 episodes, 1977
Steve Gardner Steve Gardner ...  Philip 4 episodes, 1977
Tony Vogel ...  Andrew 4 episodes, 1977
John Duttine ...  John the Evangelist 4 episodes, 1977
Bruce Lidington Bruce Lidington ...  Thomas 4 episodes, 1977
Keith Washington Keith Washington ...  Matthew 4 episodes, 1977
Jonathan Muller Jonathan Muller ...  James I / ... 4 episodes, 1977
Sergio Nicolai Sergio Nicolai ...  James II 4 episodes, 1977
John Eastham John Eastham ...  Bartholomew 4 episodes, 1977
Yorgo Voyagis ...  Joseph 3 episodes, 1977
Murray Salem Murray Salem ...  Simon the Zealot 3 episodes, 1977
Robert Davey Robert Davey ...  Daniel 3 episodes, 1977
Oliver Smith ...  Saul 3 episodes, 1977
George Camiller ...  Hosias 3 episodes, 1977
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ...  Eliphaz 3 episodes, 1977
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano ...  Jairus 3 episodes, 1977
Keith Skinner ...  Possessed Boy / ... 3 episodes, 1977
Cyril Shaps ...  Obsessed Boy's Father / ... 3 episodes, 1977
John Tordoff John Tordoff ...  Malachi 3 episodes, 1977
Mimmo Crao Mimmo Crao ...  Thaddeus 3 episodes, 1977
Norman Bowler ...  Saturninus 2 episodes, 1977
Robert Beatty ...  Proculus 2 episodes, 1977
John Phillips ...  Naso 2 episodes, 1977
Ken Jones Ken Jones ...  Jotham 2 episodes, 1977
Nancy Nevinson ...  Abigail 2 episodes, 1977
Renato Terra ...  Abel 2 episodes, 1977
Roy Holder ...  Enoch 2 episodes, 1977
Lorenzo Monet Lorenzo Monet ...  Jesus at 12 yes old / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Michael Haughey Michael Haughey ...  Nahum 2 episodes, 1977
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ...  Elihu 2 episodes, 1977
Isabel Mestres ...  Salome 2 episodes, 1977
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ...  Simon the Pharisee 2 episodes, 1977
Antonello Campodifiori Antonello Campodifiori ...  Ircanus 2 episodes, 1977
Paul Curran ...  Samuel 2 episodes, 1977
Forbes Collins Forbes Collins ...  Jonas 2 episodes, 1977
Yorgos Vogiatzis Yorgos Vogiatzis ...  Joseph 1 episode, 1977
Christopher Reich Christopher Reich ...  Circumcision Priest / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Martin Benson ...  Pharisee 1 episode, 1977
David Garfield ...  Amos 2 episodes, 1977
Robert Rietty ...  Various small roles 1 episode, 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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Trivia

There is no explanation as to why Jesus wasn't taken to King Herod Antipas (Luke 23), despite the fact that Herod Antipas is one of the main characters. As the visit to Antipas is only recorded in Luke's gospel and does not appear in the others, it may have been omitted in the interests of time. 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

The mini-series ran on NBC as "The Big Event" in two three-hour installments with limited commercials on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Additional footage was added for a 1979 re-run and broadcast in four two-hour installments. In the 1980s and 1990, the film was re-broadcast on NBC in three installments of two and three hour episodes...released on VHS and DVD as one complete presentation with one set of credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tékás (2001) See more »

User Reviews

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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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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