History Film / TheGreatestStoryEverTold

25th May '17 6:48:40 PM LongTallShorty64
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A 1965 epic from director George Stevens, ''The Greatest Story Ever Told'' portrays the life of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} and his miracles from Nativity to Resurrection. For a plot synopsis you might as well just read Literature/TheFourGospels.

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A 1965 epic from director George Stevens, Creator/GeorgeStevens, ''The Greatest Story Ever Told'' portrays the life of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} and his miracles from Nativity to Resurrection. For a plot synopsis you might as well just read Literature/TheFourGospels.
13th May '17 12:17:21 PM Jeduthun
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* WolverinePublicity: [[http://incinerama.com/gset.htm This early advertisement]] showcases Creator/JohnWayne as the Roman Centurion-- a {{cameo}} role in which he has exactly one line.
13th May '17 12:12:46 PM Jeduthun
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** A large number of other famous actors made brief appearances, some only for a few seconds. One reviewer quipped that "it made the Via Dolorosa look like the Hollywood Walk of Fame!"
16th Apr '17 8:08:20 PM Mdumas43073
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4th Apr '17 8:56:07 AM Thorion
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Shot in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. The area standing in for the Jordan River is now a reservoir.
2nd Apr '17 12:34:17 PM DustSnitch
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A 1965 epic from director George Stevens, ''The Greatest Story Ever Told'' portrays the life of {{Jesus}} and his miracles from Nativity to Resurrection. For a plot synopsis you might as well just read Literature/TheFourGospels.

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A 1965 epic from director George Stevens, ''The Greatest Story Ever Told'' portrays the life of {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} and his miracles from Nativity to Resurrection. For a plot synopsis you might as well just read Literature/TheFourGospels.
4th Oct '16 3:18:38 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Angela Lansbury as Pilate's wife

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** Angela Lansbury Creator/AngelaLansbury as Pilate's wife



* CarpetOfVirility: The extremely masculine Charlton Heston as John the Baptist.

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* CarpetOfVirility: The extremely masculine Charlton Heston Creator/CharltonHeston as John the Baptist.



* GodInHumanForm: Jesus. Emphasized by Max Von Sydow's solemn portrayal; no JesusWasWayCool here, unlike other film versions.

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* GodInHumanForm: Jesus. Emphasized by Max Von Sydow's Creator/MaxVonSydow's solemn portrayal; no JesusWasWayCool here, unlike other film versions.


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* ReCut: Several versions of the film were officially released at one point or another, with the longest-known version running three hours and forty-five minutes and the shortest running a little over two hours. The most common version seen today runs three hours and fifteen minutes. There was reportedly a four-hour, twenty-minute version, but it is unknown whether or not that it ever was released at that length.
5th Aug '16 11:52:45 PM Avenging-Hobbits
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While ''Story'' was not the first of its ilk, this broad scope is one of its notable features and was something the creators wanted to play up. The then-unknown (in the U.S.) Creator/MaxVonSydow was cast as Jesus, but the rest of the cast and crew was [[AllStarCast filled with big names]], some coming in for short cameos. Among the actors seen here are Creator/CharltonHeston, Creator/ClaudeRains, Creator/DavidMcCallum, Creator/DonaldPleasence, Creator/SidneyPoitier, Creator/AngelaLansbury, Creator/JohnWayne (as the Centurion at the crucifixion), and the aforementioned Telly Savalas (who shaved his head for his role as Pontius Pilate in this film and then decided never to grow it back).

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While ''Story'' was not the first of its ilk, kind, this broad scope is one of its notable features and was something the creators wanted to play up. The then-unknown (in the U.S.) Creator/MaxVonSydow was cast as Jesus, but the rest of the cast and crew was [[AllStarCast filled with big names]], some coming in for short cameos. Among the actors seen here are Creator/CharltonHeston, Creator/ClaudeRains, Creator/DavidMcCallum, Creator/DonaldPleasence, Creator/SidneyPoitier, Creator/AngelaLansbury, Creator/JohnWayne (as the Centurion at the crucifixion), and the aforementioned Telly Savalas (who shaved his head for his role as Pontius Pilate in this film and then decided never to grow it back).
6th Apr '16 10:36:15 AM Mdumas43073
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Creator/DavidLean (Mr. Epic Sweeping Landscapes) and Jean Negulesco even added exterior shooting in the great open spaces of the Southwestern U.S. to add a more epic feel than RealLife Israel could offer.

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Stevens, along with uncredited co-directors Creator/DavidLean (Mr. Epic Sweeping Landscapes) and Jean Negulesco Negulesco, even added exterior shooting in the great open spaces of the Southwestern U.S. to add a more epic feel than RealLife Israel could offer.
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