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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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Filmmaker George Stevens chose Monument Valley, Utah for his exterior sequences in The Greatest Story Ever Told, this ($20 million) adaptation of Fulton Oursler's best-selling book. The "Greatest Story" is, of course, the life of Jesus Christ, played herein by Max Von Sydow. The large supporting cast includes Dorothy McGuire as Mary, Claude Rains as Herod the Great, Jose Ferrer as Herod Antipas, Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, Donald Pleasence as Satan (identified only as "The Dark Hermit"), David McCallum as Judas Iscariot, Sidney Poitier as Simon of Cyrene, Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate and Martin Landau as Caiaphas. Even Robert Blake as Simon the Zealot, Jamie Farr as Thaddaeus, and motorcyle-flick veteran Richard Bakalyan as Dismas, the repentant thief, are well-suited to their roles. Originally roadshown at 260 minutes, Greatest Story Ever Told was later available in a 195-minute version.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Classics
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: George Stevens Jr., James Lee Barrett, George Stevens
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On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast

Telly Savalas
as Pontius Pilate
John Wayne
as Roman Centurion
Robert Blake
as Simon the Zealot
Claude Rains
as Herod the Great
Marian Seldes
as Herodias
Rodolfo Acosta
as Captain of Lancers
Michael Ansara
as Herod's commander
Josť Ferrer
as Herod Antipas
Joseph V. Perry
as Archelaus
Charlton Heston
as John the Baptist
Donald Pleasence
as The Dark Hermit
Michael Anderson Jr.
as James the Younger
David Sheiner
as James the Elder
Jamie Farr
as Thaddaeus
Peter Mann
as Nathaniel
Tom Reese
as Thomas
Johnny Seven
as Pilate's aide
Paul Stewart
as Questor
Harold J. Stone
as Gen. Varus
Mark Lenard
as Balthazar
Joanna Dunham
as Mary Magdalene
Janet Margolin
as Mary of Bethany
Ina Balin
as Martha of Bethany
Carroll Baker
as Veronica
Pat Boone
as Man at Tomb
Sal Mineo
as Uriah
Van Heflin
as Bar Armand
Ed Wynn
as Old Aram
Shelley Winters
as Woman of No Name
Chet Stratton
as Theophilius
John Lupton
as Speaker of Capernaum
Abraham Sofaer
as Joseph of Arimathaea
Martin Landau
as Caiaphas
Robert Busch
as Emissary
John Crawford
as Alexander
Sidney Poitier
as Simon of Cyrene
Richard Conte
as Barabbas
Frank de Kova
as Tormentor
John Pickard
as Peter's 2nd Accuser
Celia Lovsky
as Woman behind railing...
Mickey Simpson
as Rabble rouser
Richard Bakalyan
as Good Thief on Cross
Marc Cavell
as Bad Thief on Cross
Renata Vanni
as Weeping woman
Rodopho (Rudy) Acost...
as Captain of Lancers
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Critic Reviews for The Greatest Story Ever Told

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

The prophets should speak with respect of this $20 million Biblical epic.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

By reputation, the results are so dull and so consistently undercut by a succession of star cameos that no one seems to mind the various shorter versions released since them, one of them less than half as long.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Interminable and intolerably reverential.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Stevens has done it in a generous and often stunning style. And the quality of his reverence should captivate the piously devout.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
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Audience Reviews for The Greatest Story Ever Told

A HUGE investment of time that drags here and there but a chance to see the kind of spectacle that isn't made anymore. A fine example of the craftsmenship of old Hollywood.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A very fast and incomplete story of the life of Jesus, many facts left out but still worth 4 stars/

bbcfloridabound
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

An overly long version of Christ's story. Von Sydow is great as Jesus, but hearing the Duke's voice as the Centurion pissed me off for some reason.

Redlats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The Greatest Story Ever Told Quotes

Jesus: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
– Submitted by Raymond L (4 months ago)

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