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The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told

George Stevens (1965)

U Certificate
Tuesday 3:45am - 7am Sky Cinema Drama & Romance


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
Mary Dorothy McGuire
Herod Antipas José Ferrer
John the Baptist Charlton Heston
Simon of Cyrene Sidney Poitier
Pontius Pilate Telly Savalas
Centurion John Wayne
Woman of no name Shelley Winters
Caiaphas Martin Landau
Herod the Great Claude Rains
Veronica Carroll Baker
Bar Amand Van Heflin
Judas Iscariot David McCallum (1)
Joseph Robert Loggia
Matthew Roddy McDowall
Claudia Angela Lansbury
Dark hermit Donald Pleasence
Barabbas Richard Conte
Herodias Marian Seldes
Uriah Sal Mineo
Young man at the tomb Pat Boone
Peter Gary Raymond
James the Younger Michael Anderson Jr
Martha of Bethany Ina Balin
Simon the Zealot Robert Blake
Sorak Victor Buono
Mary Magdalene Joanna Dunham
Joseph of Arimathaea Abraham Sofaer
Balthazar Mark Lenard
Aben John Abbott
Captain of Lancers Rodolfo Acosta
Chuza Philip Coolidge
Herod's commander Michael Ansara
Director George Stevens
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD


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