The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
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as Pontius Pilate
as Roman Centurion
as Simon the Zealot
as Herod the Great
as Captain of Lancers
as Herod's commander
as Herod Antipas
as John the Baptist
as The Dark Hermit
as James the Younger
as James the Elder
as Pilate's aide
as Gen. Varus
as Mary Magdalene
as Mary of Bethany
as Martha of Bethany
as Man at Tomb
as Bar Armand
as Old Aram
as Woman of No Name
as Speaker of Capernaum
as Joseph of Arimathaea
as Simon of Cyrene
as Woman behind railings
as Rabble rouser
as Good Thief on Cross
as Peter's 2nd Accuser
as Bad Thief on Cross
as Weeping woman
Critic Reviews for The Greatest Story Ever Told
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).
Tends to degenerate into a series of increasingly bizarre walk-ons.
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.
A very fast and incomplete story of the life of Jesus, many facts left out but still worth 4 stars/
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.
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