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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Stevens
Produced by George Stevens
Frank I. Davis
George Stevens Jr.
Antonio Vellani
Written by George Stevens
James Lee Barrett
Starring Max von Sydow
Charlton Heston
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
William C. Mellor
Editing by Harold F. Kress
Argyle Nelson Jr.
Frank O'Neil
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) February 15, 1965
Running time 225 min. (premiere version)
199 min. (edited version)
141 min. (re-issue version)
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
IMDb profile

The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 United Artists film about the life of Jesus, directed by George Stevens (some scenes by Jean Negulesco and David Lean). Max von Sydow stars as Christ, and it features a number of other top Hollywood stars at the time, such as Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, and Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... George Stevens examining film from A Place in the Sun. ... James Lee Barrett (19 November 1929- 15 October 1989) was an American producer, screenwriter, and Tony Award-winning writer. ...  , (born April 10, 1929) is an Academy-Award nominated Swedish actor, known in particular for his collaboration with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ... The distinguished, versatile cinematographer William C. Mellor (1903 -1963) worked at Paramount, MGM and 20th Century Fox during a career that spanned three decades. ... Harold F. Kress (June 26, 1913 – September 18, 1999) was an American film editor best known for the 1962 film How the West Was Won. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Mary Poppins The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews Goldfinger My Fair Lady Whats New Pussycat? Shenandoah The Sandpiper Father Goose Academy Awards Best Picture: The Sound of Music - Argyle, Twentieth Century-Fox Best Actor: Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou Best Actress: Julie Christie... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... The Greatest Story Ever Told is an album by the punk rock band The Lawrence Arms, released in 2003. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Mary Poppins The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews Goldfinger My Fair Lady Whats New Pussycat? Shenandoah The Sandpiper Father Goose Academy Awards Best Picture: The Sound of Music - Argyle, Twentieth Century-Fox Best Actor: Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou Best Actress: Julie Christie... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... George Stevens examining film from A Place in the Sun. ... Jean Negulesco (Craiova, Romania, February 26, 1900–July 18, 1993), also known as Jean Negulescu, was a Romanian-born American film director. ... Sir David Lean, KBE (March 25, 1908 – April 16, 1991) was an English film director and producer, best remembered for big-screen epics such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Doctor Zhivago . ...  , (born April 10, 1929) is an Academy-Award nominated Swedish actor, known in particular for his collaboration with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. ... ... This article contains a trivia section. ... For the hip-hop producer with the same name, see John the Baptist (producer). ... Telly Savalas (January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994) was a prominent Emmy Award-winning American film and television actor whose career spanned four decades. ... Ecce Homo (Behold the Man!), Antonio Ciseris depiction of Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Jesus to the people of Jerusalem. ...


The Greatest Story Ever Told held its world premiere on February 15, 1965 at the Warner Cinerama Theatre in New York City. It was filmed in Ultra Panavision 70, and exhibited in larger cities in 70 mm Cinerama. is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Cinerama is the trademarked name for a widescreen process which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized 35 mm projectors onto a huge, deeply-curved screen, subtending 146° of arc, and for the corporation which was formed to market it. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with MGM Camera 65. ... Cinerama is the trademarked name for a widescreen process which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized 35 mm projectors onto a huge, deeply-curved screen, subtending 146° of arc, and for the corporation which was formed to market it. ...


The music was composed and conducted by Alfred Newman, and supplemented (at the request of the director) with the Hallelujah chorus and the Verdi Requiem, (both adapted and conducted by Newman associate Ken Darby). Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ... Messiah (HWV 56), is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel based on a libretto by Charles Jennens. ... Giuseppe Verdi Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (either October 9 or 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. ... The Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi is a musical setting of the Roman Catholic funeral Mass (called the Requiem for the first word of the text, which begins Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, meaning, Grant them eternal rest, O Lord — see the entry at Dies Irae) that was completed to mark... Ken Darby is an Academy Award winning composer, he has shared in winning an Academy Award for Original Music Score 3 times and being nominated for three others: Awarded Scoring of a Musical Picture The King and I (1956) (with Alfred Newman) Nominated Scoring of a Musical Picture Gigi (1958...

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Awards

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Musical Score, Best Cinematography (color), Art Direction (color), Costume Design (color), and Special Visual Effects (Joseph McMillan Johnson). Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... As defined by Rule Sixteen of the Academy Awards Rules, the Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Visual Effects is an Oscar given to one film each year that shows highest achievement in visual effects. ... Leading Hollywood art director Joseph McMillan Johnson (1912 - 1990) was born in Los Angeles. ...


Cast

Actor Role
Max von Sydow Jesus
Dorothy McGuire The Virgin Mary
Robert Loggia Joseph
Charlton Heston John the Baptist
Joanna Dunham Mary Magdalene
Telly Savalas Pontius Pilate
Disciples
Gary Raymond Peter
David McCallum Judas Iscariot
Roddy McDowall Matthew
Michael Anderson, Jr. James the Younger
Robert Blake Simon the Zealot
John Considine John
Tom Reese Thomas
David Hedison Philip
Jamie Farr Thaddaeus
Burt Brinckerhoff Andrew
David Sheiner James the Elder

The large and notable cast also includes John Abbott, Rodolfo Acosta, Michael Ansara, Richard Bakalyan, Carroll Baker, Ina Balin, Pat Boone, Victor Buono, Richard Conte, Philip Coolidge, John Crawford, Frank DeKova, Cyril Delevanti, José Ferrer, Van Heflin, Russell Johnson, Martin Landau, Angela Lansbury, Mark Lenard, Janet Margolin, Sal Mineo, Nehemiah Persoff, Donald Pleasence, Sidney Poitier, Claude Rains, Joseph Schildkraut, Marian Seldes, Frank Silvera, Joseph Sirola, Abraham Sofaer, Paul Stewart, Harold Stone, Michael Tolan, John Wayne, Shelley Winters, and Ed Wynn. It should be noted that most of these stars play extremely short cameos. This was a criticism labeled at the film at the time, particularly John Wayne as the Centurion who supervises Christ's execution.  , (born April 10, 1929) is an Academy-Award nominated Swedish actor, known in particular for his collaboration with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... 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The movie was one of only nine feature films to be shot entirely in Ultra Panavision 70. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with MGM Camera 65. ...


Impact

The Greatest Story Ever Told marked the end of the big budget theatrical Biblical/religious spectacle, until arguably The Passion of The Christ. It was Director George Stevens' first flop. The film cost an estimated $20,000,000 and made back $12,000,000 worldwide. The epic film is a film genre typically featuring expensive production values and dramatic themes. ... This article is about the film. ...


Trivia

DVD cover for the film
  • Cinematographer William C. Mellor suffered a heart attack, collapsed and died on the set.
  • During filming, the first snowstorm to strike Arizona in decades buried the whole Jerusalem set. Several hundred cast and crew members, including director George Stevens, went out with snow shovels, wheelbarrows, bulldozers, and butane flame throwers to clear the snow from the set. Just as they were done, it snowed again, even harder than before—forcing the production to close and move to Desilu Studios in Hollywood.
  • This movie features three actors who went on to play supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond movies: Donald Pleasence (Satan) in You Only Live Twice (1967), Telly Savalas (Pontius Pilate) in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and Max Von Sydow (Jesus Christ) in Never Say Never Again (1983).
  • In his dissatisfaction with how his music was heavily edited (multiple times), moved to scenes for which they were not written, or replaced by the works of Giuseppe Verdi and Georg Friedrich Handel, composer Alfred Newman attempted to have his name removed from the credits of this picture. Reference: Darby, Ken. Hollywood Holyland (Scarecrow Press, c1992)
  • John Wayne played the part of a centurion at the crucifixion scene the end of the film. If you look closely enough you will notice that his lips didn’t move – the words Truly this was the Son of God were added later in the studio. Wayne's fee for two days' work was a reputed $250,000.
  • A large number of famous stars appeared towards the end of the film because of the studio's concerns about recouping the escalating costs. By using these stars it was hoped to increase the audience figures - it didn’t.
  • Donald Pleasence and David McCallum had also previously worked together in 1963's The Great Escape

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See also

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Jesus in popular culture. ...

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Portrait of Jesus Christ, art print, cover of "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (267 words)
The original artwork was kept by the artist's family for years but now it has been rescued from obscurity, and reproduced in a state of the art print now available to the public.
The print made from the original art work created for the cover of "The Greatest Story Ever Told" by Fulton Oursler, is reproduced on archival watercolor paper.
The reproduction of Christ's portrait was supervised by the artist's son and comes with a certificate of authentication as 1 of 1000 limited prints.
The Greatest Story Ever Told - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (205 words)
The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 film about the life of Jesus, directed by George Stevens (some scenes by Jean Negulesco and David Lean).
Max von Sydow stars as Christ, and it features a number of other top Hollywood stars, such as Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, and Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate.
The movie was one of only nine feature films to be shot entirely in Ultra Panavision 70.
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