Trivia / The Greatest Story Ever Told


  • Actor Allusion: According to the Medved Brothers' The Hollywood Hall of Shame (a book on expensive box-office disappointments, which this film was), when the project was announced Heston fans clamored for him to be cast as Jesus, given his Biblical epic reputation he was cast as John the Baptist instead.
  • All-Star Cast:
    • Charlton Heston as John the Baptist
    • Telly Savalas as Pilate
    • Martin Landau as Caiaphas
    • Claude Rains as Herod the Great
    • Jose Ferrer as Herod Antipas
    • Donald Pleasence as "The Dark Hermit" (Satan)
    • And even more stars in Cameos.
  • Re Cut: 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.
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