Barabbas (1961)



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This 1962 Biblical epic was adapted by Christopher Fry from the novel by Pr Lagerkvist. Anthony Quinn stars as Barabbas, the thief who was pardoned in place of Jesus. For the rest of his life, the guilt-ridden criminal tries to justify his existence and to determine his place in the scheme of things. Along the way he encounters the self-righteous pomposity of Pontius Pilate (Arthur Kennedy), the stoning of Sara (Katy Jurado), the gladiatorial sadism of Torvald (Jack Palance), and the burning of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Fry, Diego Fabbri, Nigel Balchin, Ivo Perilli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Barabbas

as Pontius Pilate

as Torvald

as Lazarus

as Vasasio

as Gladiator Captain

as Disciple

as Joseph of Arimathea

as Gladiator

as Scorpio

as Overseer

as Important Gentleman

as Tavern Reveler

as Blind Man

as Beggar Woman
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Critic Reviews for Barabbas

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Problems of dubbing and pacing and a lack of scene-to-scene variety weigh the movie down, but Christopher Fry's pointed and intelligent free adaptation of Pr Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence.

Full Review… | March 10, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Like Fleischer's oeuvre as a whole, it's ripe for reconsideration-the Greatest Story Ever Told has been Retold and Retold, but Barabbas brings it back from the dead.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

An extremely underrated Biblical epic.

October 27, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Lacking the Circus Maximus spectacle of its famous predecessor, Barabbas compensates with nuanced acting from Anthony Quinn

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Barabbas


Barabbas is a beautiful work of Fleischer and Quinn. One of the most exciting and terrific Biblical films. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


My Favorite Anthony Quinn Movie.A Biblical Epic that I usually like to see around Easter, he plays Barabba's who is Pardoned instead of Jesus, & how that effects his life & makes him into a Better Man.Bravo

Anthony Quinn as the notorious Biblical figure, in a tale of the rest of his life after the crucifixion of the Christ. Owned on DVD.

Colin Brodd

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