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Jesus of Nazareth 

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 #199 | 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

Norman Eshley is the voice of Joseph. Robert Rietty is the voice of the rich man who is told by Jesus to sell his wealth, one of the shepherds, a Roman soldier, the head of the census, the blind man healed in the temple, and the messenger who talks about Lazarus. See more »

Goofs

Pilate asks Jesus if he is a king. Jesus responds, "I am," but his lips say something else. 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 »

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Version of The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003) See more »

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Reverent portrayal of the life of Christ
6 March 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to transfer the life of Christ to the screen, and one that succeeds is Franco Zefirelli's JESUS OF NAZARETH. The story is a straighforward retelling of the synoptic gospels(Matthew, Mark, and Luke), starting with the divine revelations to Mary and Joseph of their roles as Jesus's earthly parents on the the Resurrection. The score is beautific and reverent, and the big name actors who populate the film are well-cast(no Shelley Winters or John Wayne, thankfully). Also, British actor Robert Powell gives Jesus the proper reverence and poise. Zefirelli was correct to cast him; with his angular features, wavy brown hair and light eyes, this Jesus looks like every church icon and Sunday School picture I've ever seen, something Zefirelli was aware of and used to great effect. While he passes on accuracy for effect with Jesus, the apostles, it must be noted, all resemble the Hebrew peasants, publicans, and sinners they most certainly were. The length is tolerable, primarily because Zefirelli doesn't waste film on needless, arty panoramas or slow-moving dialogue. Zefirelli does keep the action moving, but one annoying technique he employs is the now dated-looking zoom close-up, but this happens infrequently. Highly recommended.


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