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King of Kings (11-Oct-1961)

Director: Nicholas Ray

Writer: Philip Yordan

Music by: Miklos Rozsa

Producer: Samuel Bronston

Keywords: Drama, Bible

The life of Jesus Christ and his times. Liberties are of course taken in the story, and a surprisingly large percentage of the film is devoted to side-stories not involving Christ. Good cinematography and score, solid performances from the cast, and with uncredited narration by Orson Welles. While filmed with lesser-named actors (a Jesus with blue eyes who might even pass as a surfer), it is a fine film and significantly better effort than The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

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Hurd Hatfield
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Jeffrey Hunter
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Rip Torn
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Jeffrey Hunter   ...   Jesus Christ
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
Gregoire Aslan   ...   Herod
George Coulouris   ...   Camel Driver
Conrado San Martín   ...   General Pompey
Gerard Tichy   ...   Joseph
José Antonio   ...   Young John
Luis Prendes   ...   Good Thief
David Davies   ...   Burly Man
José Nieto   ...   Caspar
Ruben Rojo   ...   Matthew
Fernando Sancho   ...   Madman
Michael Wager   ...   Thomas
Félix de Pomes   ...   Joseph of Arimathea
Adriano Rimoldi   ...   Melchior
Barry Keegan   ...   Bad Thief
Rafael Luis Calvo   ...   Simon of Cyrene
Tino Barrero   ...   Andrew
Francisco Moran   ...   Blind Man


Review by Anonymous (posted on 8-Apr-2008)

This is by far one of the best, if not the best, portrayals of the life and death of Christ. I could watch this every day & still cry each time I see it. Jeffrey Hunter, to my mind, portrayed Jesus as no other actor could. I know you cannot respond to individual emails, but whatever happened to the actress who played Salome (Brigid Bazlin - I think that's how you spell it)? She requested the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter! Thanks! Cathy Lowry

Review by Anonymous (posted on 28-May-2007)

I can't believe no one has written to tell you of this masterpiece. What a wonderful and telling movie. An epic by anyone's standards. The acting was wonderful, the scenery seemed very accurate and the story, well, the story of Christ. If you have a chance to see this movie [that will no doubt go down in history] by all means, take it in. It's 'that' good. I have several favorite movies in my lifetime and King of Kings is one of them.

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