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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 6, 2001

Budget $20,000,000

Running Time
4 hours, 20 minutes

Country USA

Studio United Artists

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• The Greatest Story Ever Told
• George Stevens Presents The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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Genre: Drama, Religion, Epic, Betrayal, Devil

Plot: 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, among whom Von Sydow, McCallum, Dorothy McGuire (Mary), Sidney Poitier (Simon of Cyrene), Claude Rains (Herod the Great), Donald Pleasence (The Devil), Martin Landau (Caiaphas), and Janet Margolin (Mary of Bethany), give fine performances.

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 Directed by
George Stevens
Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun
David Lean
Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago
 Written by
James Lee Barrett
The Green Berets, Shenandoah, Bandolero!
Max von Sydow
Minority Report, The Exorcist, Dune
Pat Boone
Roger & Me, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Charlton Heston
Bowling for Columbine, Tombstone, Ben-Hur
Martin Landau
North by Northwest, Ed Wood, The X Files
Angela Lansbury
Beauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate, Fantasia/2000
Janet Margolin
Annie Hall, Ghostbusters II, Take the Money and Run
Sal Mineo
Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Escape from the Planet of the Apes
 Music By
Alfred Newman
All About Eve, The Seven Year Itch, Foreign Correspondent

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