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The Big Fisherman (1959)

Approved | | Drama, History | 4 August 1959 (USA)
Exploring the life of Peter, from being a successful fisherman to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ and being dependent on Jesus Christ.

Director:

Frank Borzage
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Keel ... Simon Peter
Susan Kohner ... Princess Fara
John Saxon ... Prince Voldi
Martha Hyer ... Herodias
Herbert Lom ... Herod Antipas
Ray Stricklyn ... Deran
Marian Seldes ... Arnon
Alexander Scourby ... David Ben-Zadok
Beulah Bondi ... Hannah
Jay Barney Jay Barney ... John the Baptist
Charlotte Fletcher Charlotte Fletcher ... Rennah
Mark Dana Mark Dana ... King Zendi
Rhodes Reason ... Andrew
Henry Brandon ... Menicus
Brian G. Hutton ... John (as Brian Hutton)
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Exploring the life of Peter, from being a successful fisherman to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ and being dependent on Jesus Christ.

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Taglines:

The Story of Simon Peter of Galilee

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pescador de Galilea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Walt Disney originally rejected the filming of the novel, due to his distaste for religious films. His brother Roy backed the production, releasing it using the studio's Buena Vista arm. See more »

Quotes

Deran: Lash him!
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Connections

Follows Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) See more »

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No plans for re-release in any format
1 April 2012 | by jslasherSee all my reviews

I am a film producer and director. I have always had a soft spot for this underrated Biblical epic, which I saw in 70mm at the time of its release.

This was the first film shot in Super Panavision 70, the spherical (non-anamorphic) 70mm format. In the film's titles it is called Panavision 70.

There are many production values which deserve mention. The acting is uniformly good, but the particular stand-outs include the cinematography and Albert Hay Malotte's fine music score.

My contacts in the motion picture industry inform me that Disney has no plans whatsoever to re-release the film in any commercial format. The studio does not consider the film to have sufficient marketing potential.


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