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Pontius Pilate (1962)

Ponzio Pilato (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1967 (USA)
The events that culminated with the Passion of Christ seen from the perspective of Pontius Pilate, the Procurator of Judea who unwillingly condemned Christ to death. Based on the biblical Gospel of John.

Directors:

Gian Paolo Callegari (as G.P. Callegari), Irving Rapper

Writers:

Oreste Biancoli, Gian Paolo Callegari (as G.P. Callegari) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Ponzio Pilato
Jeanne Crain ... Claudia Procula
Basil Rathbone ... Caiaphas
Letícia Román ... Sarah
Massimo Serato ... Nicodemus
Riccardo Garrone ... Galba
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Barabbas
Gianni Garko ... Jonathan
John Drew Barrymore ... Judas / Jesus
Roger Tréville ... Aaron El Mesin
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Decio
Dante DiPaolo Dante DiPaolo ... Simone
Paul Muller ... Mehlik
Alfredo Varelli Alfredo Varelli ... Giuseppe d'Arimatea
Manuela Ballard Manuela Ballard ... Ester (as Manoela Ballard)
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The events that culminated with the Passion of Christ seen from the perspective of Pontius Pilate, the Procurator of Judea who unwillingly condemned Christ to death. Based on the biblical Gospel of John.

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A Spectacular Drama of Raging Passions...Bitter Conflicts and Bloody Intrigues! See more »

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1967 (USA) See more »

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Pontius Pilate See more »

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Mono (Westrex Electric)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Within the Eastern Christian tradition, Claudia Procles is considered a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. In the 3rd century, Origen suggested in his Homilies on Matthew that she had become a Christian. Western Christian tradition considers her dream sent by the devil in an attempt to thwart the salvation that was going to result from Christ's death. See more »

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Edited into Caligula and Messalina (1981) See more »

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An unusual take on the events surrounding the Passion of Jesus Christ...
29 February 2004 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

This film takes an unusual perspective on events surrounding the Passion of Jesus Christ by focusing on Pontius Pilate, the man who condemned Him to death. The ambitious Pilate, a Roman citizen from the province of Hispania was promoted to be the Procurator of Judaea, which turned out to be the most troublesome and intractable of Rome's provinces. He immediately sets his foot wrong by setting up the eagles of Rome, as was customary, in the most prominent place, the courtyard of the Jewish temple. When riots ensue, Pilate backs down, but he's in for a bumpy ride. To put the fractious mobs to work, Pilate has an acquaduct built to show Rome's benevolence by ensuring a potable water supply to the masses. But here again, instead of being grateful the people rebel because the course of the acquaduct transgresses one of their nonsensical tribal laws; it traverses over a burial ground! Pilate fails to placate them, zealots attempt to assassinate him, nothing goes right accept the safe arrival of his wife and son. Eventually, the Sanhedrin turns over a "blasphemer" for Roman dispensation of justice. By this time Pilate senses a trap, sees no wrong in the Man, and gives the mob a choice. They choose that Christ be executed. Pilate's wife, Claudia Procula, warns him not to crucify Christ as she saw violent repercussions in a dream, but he has to keep his given word. So he makes the biggest mistake of all time...and the results are tragic. Altogether a very interesting film which depicts more details of the enigmatic administrator's life than we are accustomed to seeing.


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