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Richard Fleischer

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About the Movie

Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when the Jews chose Christ in his place. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiator arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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 Par Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence. – Michael Sragow, New Yorker, Mar 10, 2014

Fresh: 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. – Nick Pinkerton, Film Comment Magazine, Apr 28, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Redemption By Trial

One of the underrated classic 'Bible' stories from this period in cinema which saw films like 'Ben Hur' and 'The Ten Commandments' being produced. Tells the story of the thief chosen by the mob over Jesus. A long and bitter struggle which finds that while Barabbas believes himself free of Christ, who was just "another man", discovers that he is in fact placed on his own path toward redemption. Simultaneously, one of the greatest gladiator films ever produced, even outpacing 'Spartacus' in my opinion. Depicting the lives beyond the arena - friendships, enemies, and even love -both brotherly and carnal. Look for a ripped and terrifying Jack Palance as the 'top gun' who decides that the much older Quinn is a joke ready for the slaughter.

Surprisingly good

A really nice twist on the story. this is a very well done movie. Surprised at how good it was and how much effort was put into it. I highly recommend this movie.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2002

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