The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1965-04-09
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 173 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 19min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: George Stevens Jr. Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: George Stevens
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From his birth in Bethlehem to his death and eventual resurrection, the life of Jesus Christ is given the all-star treatment in this epic retelling. Major aspects of Christ's life are touched upon, including the execution of all the newborn males in Egypt by King Herod; Christ's baptism by John the Baptist; and the betrayal by Judas after the Last Supper that eventually leads to Christ's crucifixion and miraculous return.

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  • Max von Sydow

    as Jesus
  • Michael Anderson Jr.

    as James the Younger
  • Carroll Baker

    as Veronica
  • Ina Balin

    as Martha of Bethany
  • Victor Buono

    as Sorak
  • Richard Conte

    as Barabbas
  • Joanna Dunham

    as Mary Magdalene
  • José Ferrer

    as Herod Antipas
  • Van Heflin

    as Bar Amand
  • Charlton Heston

    as John the Baptist
  • Martin Landau

    as Caiaphas
  • Angela Lansbury

    as Claudia
  • Pat Boone

    as Angel at the Tomb
  • Janet Margolin

    as Mary of Bethany
  • David McCallum

    as Judas Iskarioth
  • Roddy McDowall

    as Matthew
  • Dorothy McGuire

    as The Virgin Mary
  • Sal Mineo

    as Uriah
  • Nehemiah Persoff

    as Shemiah
  • Donald Pleasence

    as The Dark Hermit - Satan
  • Sidney Poitier

    as Simon of Cyrene
  • Claude Rains

    as King Herod
  • Gary Raymond

    as Simon Peter
  • Telly Savalas

    as Pontius Pilate
  • Joseph Schildkraut

    as Nicodemus
  • Paul Stewart

    as Questor
  • John Wayne

    as Centurion at crucifixion
  • Shelley Winters

    as Woman who is healed
  • Ed Wynn

    as Old Aram
  • John Abbott

    as Aben
  • Rodolfo Acosta

    as Captain of lancers
  • Michael Ansara

    as Herod's commander
  • Robert Blake

    as Simon the Zealot
  • Burt Brinckerhoff

    as Andrew
  • Robert Busch

    as Emissary
  • John Considine

    as John
  • Philip Coolidge

    as Chuza
  • John Crawford

    as Alexander
  • Frank De Kova

    as The tormentor
  • Cyril Delevanti

    as Melchior
  • Jamie Farr

    as Thaddaeus
  • David Hedison

    as Philip
  • Russell Johnson

    as Scribe
  • Mark Lenard

    as Balthazar
  • Robert Loggia

    as Joseph
  • John Lupton

    as Speaker of Capernaum
  • Peter Mann

    as Nathanael
  • Tom Reese

    as Thomas
  • Marian Seldes

    as Herodias
  • David Sheiner

    as James the Elder
  • Frank Silvera

    as Caspar
  • Joseph Sirola

    as Dumah
  • Abraham Sofaer

    as Joseph of Arimathaea
  • Harold J. Stone

    as Gen. Varus
  • Chet Stratton

    as Theophilus
  • Michael Tolan

    as Lazarus
  • Ron Whelan

    as Annas
  • Jay C. Flippen

    as Drunken Soldier - Herod Antipas' Court
  • Celia Lovsky

    as Woman Behind Railings
  • Joseph V. Perry

    as Archelaus
  • Marc Cavell

    as Bad Thief on Cross
  • Johnny Seven

    as Pilate's Aide
  • Dal Jenkins

    as Philip
Directing George Stevens Director
Writing James Lee Barrett Screenplay
Writing George Stevens Screenplay
Production George Stevens Producer
Sound Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
Camera Loyal Griggs Director of Photography
Camera William C. Mellor Director of Photography
Editing Harold F. Kress Editor
Editing Argyle Nelson Jr. Editor
Editing J. Frank O'Neill Editor
Production Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Costume & Make-Up Vittorio Nino Novarese Costume Design
Crew Henry Wills Stunts Coordinator
Production George Stevens Jr. Producer
Art William J. Creber Production Design
Art Richard Day Art Direction
Art David S. Hall Art Direction
Writing Fulton Oursler Novel
Visual Effects Albert Simpson Matte Painter
Crew Clarence Slifer Special Effects
Sound Charles E. Wallace Sound Recordist
Crew Charlie Picerni Stunts
Directing David Lean Second Unit Director
Directing Jean Negulesco Second Unit Director
Directing Paul Baxley Second Unit Director
Crew Paul Baxley Stunt Coordinator
Crew Henry Wills Stunt Coordinator
Crew Carol Daniels Stunts
Crew John Epper Stunts
Crew Jerry Gatlin Stunts
Crew Bob Folkerson Stunts
Crew Johnny Hagner Stunts
Crew Victor Paul Stunts
Crew Loren Janes Stunts
Crew Neil Summers Stunts
Crew Bob Terhune Stunt Double
Crew Norm Taylor Stunts