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
Feb 15, 1965 Wide
Mar 6, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
Max von Sydow
John the Baptist
Rodopho (Rudy) Acost...
Captain of Lancers
The Dark Hermit
Michael Anderson Jr.
James the Younger
James the Elder
Harold J. Stone
Mary of Bethany
Young Man at the Tom...
Woman of No Name
Speaker of Capernaum
Joseph of Arimathaea
Simon of Cyrene
Frank de Kova
Bad Thief on Cross
Woman behind railing...
John M. Pickard
Peter's 2nd accuser
Good Thief on Cross
Simon the Zealot
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The prophets should speak with respect of this $20 million Biblical epic.
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.
Mr. Stevens has done it in a generous and often stunning style. And the quality of his reverence should captivate the piously devout.
Hammy performances by Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, Telly Savalas as Pilate, and, in the most notorious bit of casting, John Wayne(!) as a Roman soldier overseeing the crucifixion ("Truly, this man was the son of God," drawls the Duke).
Wile it's not quite as bad as the critics claimed upon its release, it's not particularly good either.
Despite some rousing scenes, may be the most boring movie ever made ...
If this is the greatest story ever told I can imagine how horrid is the worst story ever told.
Yes, the celebrity cameos distract, but the film focuses more on Jesus' message than the overated King of Kings If you've never seen it in widescreen, you are missing a revelation.
The New Testament meets "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in this unintentionally funny all-star Biblical epic.
So call me a blasphemer and a heretic. Producer/director/writer George Stevens' ultimate project simply isn't a very good film.
One of the most boring movies ever made; if Jesus was a wooden in life as he is in this movie, he would not have attracted one disciple.
Don't let the title fool you. It's all hype. The gratuitous cameos make it hard to take the movie seriously.
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