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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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Top Rated TV #194 | 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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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

Jesus Christ says "Talitha Cumi" when he brings the girl back to life from her death. Talitha Cumi is Aramaic which means "sleeping girl, rise". Aramaic was the language of first century Israel. Aramaic continued to be the language of Hebrews in the early second century A.D., until Simon Bar Kokhba tried to revive the Hebrew language, and tried to make it the official language of Hebrews during the Bar Kokhba revolt (132-135 A.D.). According to Book "Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World" written by Kimberly B. Stratton (page 232), Dead Sea Scrolls Archaeologist Yigael Yadin suggests that Bar Kokhba was trying to revive Hebrew by decree as part of his Messianic ideology. 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 The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) See more »

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Great for Families
13 November 2005 | by markmajeskiSee all my reviews

I have watched this film for many years with my family. Each year we follow the life of Jesus through Holy Week and Easter Sunday. The director has made this a film that is understandable for all ages and makes the realism unique. I would highly recommend this film for families. Even though I loved "The Passion of the Christ," I found this film easier to view for the family. Maybe we'll watch in earnest when the kids are a little older, teens perhaps. All in all this film takes you through an understanding of life as it would have been seen through the eyes of the common person. Perhaps it is this reality that allows people to gravitate toward a love for the film and a commitment to making the viewing of it each year and family tradition. Looking for a great family movie to help teach the faith, this is it.


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