The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told

George Stevens (1965)

U Certificate
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Our Score
This retelling of the life of Christ from director George Stevens is a monumental achievement, given tremendous power by Max von Sydow's masterful portrayal of Jesus. Unfortunately, the film is fatally compromised by its cumbersome length and the casting of key players in every role. While the likes of Carroll Baker and Sidney Poitier work well, the inclusion of Pat Boone and, especially, John Wayne actually damages the fabric. It's a remarkable movie nonetheless, considering the fact that Stevens fell ill and the great David Lean took over the direction, reuniting with his Lawrence of Arabia actors José Ferrer and Claude Rains.


The life of Jesus, from His lowly birth in Bethlehem and the miracles He performed, to His ultimate betrayal at the hands of disciple Judas Iscariot and His death by crucifixion. Biblical drama, starring Max von Sydow, David McCallum, Telly Savalas, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury and Sidney Poitier, plus several cameos including John Wayne.

Cast & Crew

Jesus Max von Sydow
Judas Iscariot David McCallum
John the Baptist Charlton Heston
Pontius Pilate Telly Savalas
Centurion John Wayne
Simon of Cyrene Sidney Poitier
Claudia Angela Lansbury
Young man at the tomb Pat Boone
Barabbas Richard Conte
Herod Antipas Jose Ferrer
Caiaphas Martin Landau
Herod the Great Claude Rains
Matthew Roddy McDowall
Mary Dorothy Maguire
Old Aram Ed Wynn
Director George Stevens
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD