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Director:
Writer:
Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The most exciting human drama the screen has ever told. A story of the Christ, His life, His deeds, the inspiration of His spoken words. See more »
Plot:
The temporary physical life of everyone's Savior, Jesus Christ. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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the music, the narration, the blue eyes ... See more (110 total) »

Cast

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Jeffrey Hunter ... Jesus

Siobhan McKenna ... Mary

Hurd Hatfield ... Pontius Pilate

Ron Randell ... Lucius

Viveca Lindfors ... Claudia

Rita Gam ... Herodias

Carmen Sevilla ... Mary Magdalene

Brigid Bazlen ... Salome

Harry Guardino ... Barabbas

Rip Torn ... Judas

Frank Thring ... Herod Antipas

Guy Rolfe ... Caiaphas

Royal Dano ... Peter

Robert Ryan ... John The Baptist
Edric Connor ... Balthazar
Maurice Marsac ... Nicodemus

Grégoire Aslan ... Herod (as Gregoire Aslan)

George Coulouris ... Camel Driver

Conrado San Martín ... General Pompey

Gérard Tichy ... Joseph (as Gerard Tichy)

Antonio Mayans ... Young John (as José Antonio)

Luis Prendes ... Good Thief
David Davies ... Burly Man

José Nieto ... Caspar

Rubén Rojo ... Matthew (as Ruben Rojo)

Fernando Sancho ... Madman
Michael Wager ... Thomas

Félix de Pomés ... Joseph of Arimathea (as Felix de Pomes)

Adriano Rimoldi ... Melchior
Barry Keegan ... Bad Thief
Rafael Luis Calvo ... Simon of Cyrene
Tino Barrero ... Andrew
Paco Morán ... Blind Man (as Francisco Moran)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frank Braña ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)

Cris Huerta ... Jewish Rebel (uncredited)

John Kerr ... Man at Sermon on the Mount (uncredited)

Ray Milland ... Satan (voice) (uncredited)

Paul Naschy ... Herod Antipas' Servant / Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Randy Paar ... Extra in Palm Sunday Scene (uncredited)

Aldo Sambrell ... Judea Soldier (uncredited)
Bud Strait ... John the Apostle (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... Bit part (uncredited)

Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay)

Ray Bradbury  narration (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Bronston .... producer
Alan Brown .... associate producer
Jaime Prades .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Berenguer (director of photography)
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Franz F. Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Renée Lichtig (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Enrique Alarcón (set decorations) (as Enrique Alarcon)
 
Costume Design by
Georges Wakhévitch (costumes designed by) (as Georges Wakhevitch)
 
Makeup Department
Anna Cristofani .... hair stylist
Charles E. Parker .... makeup creator (as Charles Parker)
Mario Van Riel .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Stanley Goldsmith .... general production manager
Carl 'Major' Roup .... unit manager (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noël Howard .... second unit director (as Noel Howard)
Carlo Lastricati .... assistant director
José López Rodero .... assistant director (as José Lopez Rodero)
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as José Maria Ochoa)
Sumner Williams .... second unit director
Simon Mizrahi .... assistant director (uncredited)
Julio Sempere .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stanley Detlie .... master of properties
Georges Wakhévitch .... sets designer (as Georges Wakhevitch)
Benjamín Fernández .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Vicente Sempere Sempere .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound recordist (as Basil Fenton Smith)
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
John Brommage .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects (as Alex C. Weldon)
 
Visual Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Frank Howard .... stunts (uncredited)
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norton Kurland .... supervising electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Seelig .... supervisor of costuming
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Gibson .... supervising technician
Maciek Piotrowski .... murals
Betty Utey .... choreography: for Salome's dance
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Agnes Moorehead .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Samuel Bronston's Production King of Kings" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"König der Könige" - Austria, Germany (imdb display title), West Germany
"Rey de reyes" - Argentina, Mexico (imdb display title), Spain (imdb display title)
"Цар на царете" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Царь царей" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Цap цapeвa" - Serbia
"Il re dei re" - Italy
"Királyok Királya" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Kongernes konge" - Denmark
"Koning der Koningen" - Netherlands (imdb display title)
"Konungarnas konung" - Sweden
"Król królów" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Kuningasten kuningas" - Finland
"Le roi des rois" - France
"O Rei dos Reis" - Brazil
"O vasilefs ton vasileon" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Rei de reis" - Spain (Catalan title)
"Rei dos Reis" - Portugal
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violent content (2004)
Runtime:
168 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1993) (1999) | USA:Approved (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #19712) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40981) (2004) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The New York premiere of the film was at the Loew's State Theater.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The wife of Pontius Pilate calls the Emperor Tiberius her father, but in history no daughter or stepdaughter of Tiberius has been married to Pontius Pilate.See more »
Quotes:
Lucius:[Arriving at Jesus' home in Nazareth on horseback with another Roman soldier and greeting the Holy Family] Do not fear. We're simply checking the census against the tax rolls.
[Reading from a scroll]
Lucius:Now, you are... Joseph. And you live here with your wife Mary.
Joseph:That is so.
Lucius:[Pointing to Jesus] Who's this boy?
Virgin Mary:My son, Jesus.
Lucius:[Looking at the scroll again] I have no record of His birth. When was He born?
Virgin Mary:Twelve years ago.
Lucius:Where?
Virgin Mary:In Bethlehem.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Life of Brian (1979)See more »

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45 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
the music, the narration, the blue eyes ..., 27 June 2002
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Everything fits together as soon as the film opens with Orson Welles' narrating the story of the Son of God. Little Jesus grows up to be the very American and impossibly blue-eyed Jeffrey Hunter (his opening scene with Robert Ryan's Baptist is superb), who goes on to cure the lame, the insane, the blind, rehabilitate Mary Magdelene, and all the usual things. Hunter is very good in the role, which may have been surprising at the time given his previous form in Westerns (and later in Star Trek's pilot episode!). Other good points - Hurd 'Dorian Gray' Hatfield as Pilate, the dance of the seven veils, the ending, the glorious score ...

It fits together better than The Greatest Story Ever Told, which got too starry and was spoiled by John Wayne's son of gawd. Here everyone knows their place and the religious context remains unscathed by the whitewash of Hollywood. Excellent.

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