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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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George Stevens

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Plot Summary

An adaptation of Fulton Oursler's best-selling book the "Greatest Story" follows the life of Jesus Christ, played by Max Von Sydow. The large supporting cast includes Dorothy McGuire as Mary, Claude Rains as Herod the Great, Jose Ferrer as Herod Antipas, Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, Donald Pleasence as Satan, David McCallum as Judas Iscariot, Sidney Poitier as Simon of Cyrene, Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate and Martin Landau as Caiaphas. Even Robert Blake as Simon the Zealot, Jamie Farr as Thaddaeus, and motorcyle-flick veteran Richard Bakalyan as Dismas, the repentant thief, are well-suited to their roles.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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37%
  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Stevens has done it in a generous and often stunning style. And the quality of his reverence should captivate the piously devout. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: 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. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Tends to degenerate into a series of increasingly bizarre walk-ons. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Interminable and intolerably reverential. – Time Out, Nov 13, 2007

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Customer Reviews

better versions of this movie out there

I gave it a 3 only because of the content ... But the passion of the christ , or jesus of nazereth would be better and I would purchase Please bring more christian based stories like one night with the king, left behind series , fly wheel , fire proof and others ... please add more

THIS IS THE GREATEST STORY THAT EVER TOLD

This isn't just a movie to me, the words are very powerful. It is very sad, Jesus was crucified because of us. Forgive us Lord. i would love to buy this for my own collection.

First Biblical film I remember seeing as a child.

George Stevens film The greatest story ever told was the first film of a Biblical nature I remember seeing as a child. Having watched it again recently I find it a very moving film about the life of Christ, beautifully filmed and very sincere, it can be a little too reverent and slow at times, and some cameos from big name old stars may distract a little but all in all a very well made well acted film that deserves to be seen.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1965

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