George Stevens presents his monumental adaptation of the story of Jesus Christ starring Max von Sydow. The film concentrates on the most familiar episodes of the biblical story, including the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, Herod's (Jose Ferrer) decree of the execution of all male children in Judea, and the Holy family's escape into Egypt. It continues as Christ encounters John the Baptist (Charlton Heston) searches for the Twelve Apostles, and raises Lazarus (Michael Tolan), while John the Baptist is executed. It concludes with Jesus' expulsion of the moneylenders from the temple, the instruction of the Apostles at the Last Supper, Christ's betrayal by Judas (David McCallum), the Passion, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. The product of years of research and planning by Stevens, the film features a huge cast of stars.
Original title: THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
Number of discs: 1
Running Time: 200 minutes
Languages: Spanish, English
System: PAL - Zone 2 (Europe...)
Director: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco
Cast: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Claude Rains, José Ferrer, Telly Savalas, Martin Landau, David McCallum, Donald Pleasence, Michael Anderson Jr., Roddy McDowall, Joanna Dunham, Joseph Schildkraut, Ed Wynn, Carroll Baker, Ina Balin, Pat Boone, Victor Buono, Angela Lansbury, Richard Conte, Van Heflin, Janet Margolin, Sal Mineo, Sidney Poitier, Robert Loggia, John Wayne, Shelley Winters.
Screenwriter: James Lee Barrett (Novel: Fulton Oursler).
Music: Hugo Friedhofer, Alfred Newman, Fred Steiner.
Cinematography: Loyal Griggs & William C. Mellor.
• 1965: 5 Nominations for Oscar, including, OST, Costume Design color, Art Direction