The King of Kings (1927) - Rotten Tomatoes

The King of Kings (1927)

The King of Kings




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The Biblical story of Jesus Christ -- from his early years through the Resurrection -- is rendered with equal parts sanctity and melodramatic spectacle. Cecil B. DeMille's follow-up to his successful The Ten Commandments (1923) has portions filmed in Technicolor and was remade in 1961.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jeanie Macpherson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 1997
Kino Video


H.B. Warner
as Jesus Christ
Jacqueline Logan
as Mary Magdalene
Clayton Packard
as Bartholomew
Charles Requa
as James, the Less
Rudolph Schildkraut
as Caiaphas, high pries...
Sam De Grasse
as The Pharisee
Casson Ferguson
as The Scribe
Montagu Love
as The Roman Centurion
Majel Coleman
as Proculia, Wife of Pi...
William "Hopalong" B...
as Simon Of Cyrene
Josephine Norman
as Mary Of Bethany
Ken Thomson
as Lazarus
Dot Farley
as Maid Servant of Caia...
Hector V. Sarno
as The Galilean Carpent...
Clarence Burton
as Dysmas, the Repentan...
Leon Holmes
as The Imbecile Boy
Richard Alexander
as Soldier of Rome
Budd Fine
as Soldier of Rome
Otto Lederer
as Eber, a Pharisee
Sally Rand
as Slave To Mary Magdal...
Jimmie Dime
as Soldier of Rome
Bryant Washburn
as A Young Roman
as Prince Of Persia
Monte Collins
as A Rich Judean
James Farley
as An Executioner
May Robson
as The Mother of Gestas
Noble Johnson
as A Charioteer
Lionel Belmore
as A Roman Noble
Andre Cheron
as A Wealthy Merchant
Muriel McCormac
as The Blind Girl
Jim Mason
as Gestas, the Unrepent...
William Costello
as A Babylonian Noble
Dick Richards
as Soldier of Rome
Julia Faye
as Martha
Viola Louie
as The Woman Taken in A...
Jimmie Dime
as Soldier of Rome
Tom London
as Soldier of Rome
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Critic Reviews for The King of Kings

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

As a work of art it is a complete failure, because it is anaemic and because it shows us a Christ who, though obviously a virtuous and mild man, is completely lacking in the fire and spiritual vigor that go to the making of the great leaders of mankind.

Full Review… | February 27, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Tremendous is The King of Kings -- tremendous in its lesson, in the daring of its picturization for a commercial theatre and tremendous in its biggest scene, the Crucifixion of Christ.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's a dull, tasteful film by a director who was anything but.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The recounting of the Gospels according to De Mille seems awkward, tedious and hokey.

Full Review… | December 24, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sermons rarely make good films, this one being no different.

Full Review… | November 5, 2007
Projection Booth

Tells its story with all the reverence DeMille and his cast can muster... Don't make the mistake of assuming that it's merely quaint today

Full Review… | January 13, 2005
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for The King of Kings


cecil b demilles silent classic about the life of Jesus. demille, one of the greatest directors in history, says that this is the most important film he ever made. he claimed to have a deeply rooted reverence for the Bible but he was also a showman as a filmmaker, both sides of his character show in this film. he took way too much liberty with the telling of Jesus' life and created a flawed portrayal of events, but did so well with what he got right that I still had a genuinely worshipful experience watching this film. some of it was so bad it was comical, other parts were so good i was in awe. ultimately it was well worth the time even though this film was a bit long for a silent film.

danny d

Super Reviewer

This is an example of the book being much better than the film. The film provides some iconic "stained glass" images - but sadly, the images of Christ have always taken on greater cultural significance than the man Himself, or the book that tells about Him.

There are some interesting revisions of the Gospel Epic in this film, and scenes were built around scripture verses taken out of context and strung together to create a linear narrative. There are scenes wherein assumptions made, and connections implied that are not actually in scripture . . . all in all, as a Christian, this left me pretty cold, and even a bit disturbed by its shallow portrayal of Christ, sensationalization and lack of substance.

When a confirmed atheist finds a movie about the life of Christ moving, it must be special. This is. Having seen nearly all the Biblical epics over the years, "King Of Kings" is clearly the best. It has all the earmarks of a DeMille film- cast of thousands, scantilly clad girls gyrating around, and all of that. It also has one of the best reveals in film history; the first time we see Jesus, thru the eyes of a miraculously healed blind girl, is moving. A must-see during holiday times.

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