King of Kings
Siobhan Mckenna and Hurd Hatfield


Overview - A splendid, deeply moving screen biography of Christ. Especially memorable is the portion of the film depicting the "Sermon on the Mount."

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Overview

A splendid, deeply moving screen biography of Christ. Especially memorable is the portion of the film depicting the "Sermon on the Mount."

Main Cast & Crew

Nicholas Ray - Director
Jeffrey Hunter
Siobhan McKenna
Robert Ryan
Hurd Hatfield
Viveca Lindfors
Rita Gam
Rip Torn

 
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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 160
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929076376
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: March 2000

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Movies > Religious

Related Keywords:
Bible Epic
Religion
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Jesus Christ

 
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Synopsis:
Nicholas Ray's lavish and beautifully constructed widescreen epic about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. "King of Kings" is built upon a series of narrative parallels and contrasts between Jesus and Barrabas. The film portrays the thief as a rebel leader of the Jewish resistance; unlike Jesus, who preaches a message of peace, Barrabas advocates violence as a means to an end. By building his drama around this religious and philosophical conflict, Ray establishes a tension that defamiliarizes this well-known story. Highlights include the Sermon on the Mount and the scene in which Salome asks King Herod for the head of John the Baptist.

Notes:
Originally a 70mm production, shot in Super Technirama. A silent version of the life of Christ, also called "King of Kings," was directed by Cecil B. de Mille in 1927. The cast included H.B. Warner (Christ); Jacqueline Logan (Mary Magdalene); Joseph Schildkraut (Judas); Ernest Torrence (Peter); Victor Varconi (Pontius Pilate); Dorothy Cummings (Mary, mother of Jesus); and Rudolph Schildkraut (Caiaphas).

 
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