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- Rated: G
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 3 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 6, 2004
- Originally Released: 1965
- Label: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Max Von Sydow|
|Performer:||Sidney Poitier, Robert Loggia, José Ferrer, David McCallum, Donald Pleasence, Angela Lansbury, Martin Landau, Charlton Heston, Claude Rains, Dorothy McGuire, Van Heflin & Carroll Baker|
|Directed by||George Stevens|
|Screenwriting by||James Lee Barrett & George Stevens|
|Composition by||Alfred Newman|
|Director of Photography:||William C. Mellor & Loyal Griggs|
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Wile it's not quite as bad as the critics claimed upon its release, it's not particularly good either. Full Review
Tends to degenerate into a series of increasingly bizarre walk-ons. Full Review
Mr. Stevens says he tried to avoid "the clichés and the usual trappings connected with Biblical productions" and to "think the story out anew and present it as living literature." His effort was unsuccessful, one might say spectacularly so. Full Review
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
Interminable and intolerably reverential. Full Review
Rating: D -- If this is the greatest story ever told I can imagine how horrid is the worst story ever told. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The massive ensemble of stars and the attention to biblical detail makes this quite an undertaking... for the makers and the viewers. Long, strong and Jesusy. Full Review
George Stevens presents his monumental adaptation of the story of Jesus Christ starring Max von Sydow. The film concentrates on the most familiar episodes of the biblical story, including the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, Herod's (Jose Ferrer) decree of the execution of all male children in Judea, and the Holy family's escape into Egypt. It continues as Christ encounters John the Baptist (Charlton Heston) searches for the Twelve Apostles, and raises Lazarus (Michael Tolan), while John the Baptist is executed. It concludes with Jesus' expulsion of the moneylenders from the temple, the instruction of the Apostles at the Last Supper, Christ's betrayal by Judas (David McCallum), the Passion, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. The product of years of research and planning by Stevens, the film features a huge cast of stars, among whom Von Sydow, McCallum, Dorothy McGuire (Mary), Sidney Poitier (Simon of Cyrene), Claude Rains (Herod the Great), Donald Pleasence (The Devil), Martin Landau (Caiaphas), and Janet Margolin (Mary of Bethany), give fine performances.
- Filmed in Ultra Panavision 70.
- THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD was originally released with a running time of 225 minutes, but other versions range from 127 minutes to 260 minutes.
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