Barabbas (1961)




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This epic from the Bible tells the story the of murderer and thief Barabbas (Anthony Quinn), who hung around Calvary Hill when Jesus took his place on the cross. He searches for spiritual faith as he hears more about the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. His search for disciples uncovers no new knowledge of the movement. He has eyes for Rachel, and before she is stoned to death, she accurately predicts that Jesus will rise from the dead. Arrested once again, he is chained to Sahak (Vittorio Gassman) and the two become slaves in a Sicilian sulphur mine. The two are the only survivors when the mine collapses and are sold into gladiatorial slavery where Barabbas and Torvald (Jack Palance) fight to the death in a bloody battle at the Coliseum. Barabbas is converted by St. Peter (Harry Andrews) in this often violent and bloody adventure story.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Anthony Quinn
as Barabbas
Arthur Kennedy
as Pontius Pilate
Jack Palance
as Torvald
Michael Gwynn
as Lazarus
Douglas Fowley
as Vasasio
Robert Hall
as Gladiator Captain
Laurence Payne
as Disciple
Arnoldo Foà
as Joseph of Arimathea
Roy Mangano
as Christ
Ivan Triesault
as Emperor
Joe Robinson
as Gladiator
Guido Celano
as Scorpio
Spartaco Nale
as Overseer
Enrico Glori
as Important Gentleman
Carlo Giustini
as Officer
Rina Braido
as Tavern Reveler
Tullio Tomadoni
as Blind Man
Maria Zanoli
as Beggar Woman
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Critic Reviews for Barabbas

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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 Pär Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence.

March 9, 2014
New Yorker
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
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October 29, 2005

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June 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for Barabbas


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

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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