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Actors: Anne Bancroft - Claudia Cardinale - Ernest Borgnine - Robert Powell - Valentina Cortese. Director: Franco Zeffirelli. Format: DVD. Format Size: Fullscreen. Runtime: 382 Minutes. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 2. Rating: G. Genre: Drama. Release Year: 1977.
Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth (six hours plus) version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth. The film doesn't skimp on some of the other landmark events of this famous story either. Director Franco Zeffirelli gives more than 12 minutes screen time each to the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Passages of the Bible are quoted verbatim, the locations have a Palestine-like authenticity, and, aside from some of the principals (Robert Powell as Jesus, Olivia Hussey as Mary, and Stacy Keach as Barabbas), many of the non-Roman characters are actually played by Semitic-looking actors. Zeffirelli diligently provides the sociopolitical background that gave rise to Jesus' following and the crisis in belief it caused for the people of Israel (and one or two Romans). While not graphic by today's standards, some of the scenes--baby boys being ripped from their mothers' arms and slaughtered, nails being driven into Jesus' hands--may disturb young and/or sensitive children. --Kimberly Heinrichs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Robert Powell is the best ever Christ. This film touches all the right emotions. Originally seen as a serial in England this is a must see Dvd for anyone anywhere.Published 4 months ago by Roy mackay
This movie will always be one of my most treasured possessions. The others depicting the life of CHRIST are good but not as JESUS OF NAZARETH. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David R.Prashad
I love this movie. I watched this as a child, and it brings back so many memories and of course more meaning now that I am an adult. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful portrayal of the life of Christ. This is a real classic set in the Holy Land. The story comes to life!Published 7 months ago by Beverly Thompson
I had this on VHS and consider it the best story of the life of Christ - now I have it on DVDPublished 14 months ago by Catherine Heaslip-Savoy
Regarded as the most authentic, realistic portrayal of Jesus Christ. Done with biblical accuracy. It's worth the investment. You'll never grow tired of watching it.Published 15 months ago by Grand
Good DVD would recommend to anyone. Arrived well within the time limit given. Illustrated the title well and will watch again.Published 15 months ago by Stephanie Johnson
Watched this at the age of seven in 1977 on NBC and when I think of Jesus I picture Him as He is betrayed in this television mini-series by Robert Powell. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Potvin