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Barabbas (With CD Sampler) (1962)

Harry Andrews , Ernest Borgnine , Richard Fleischer  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harry Andrews, Ernest Borgnine, Guido Celano, Valentina Cortese, Gianni di Benedetto
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010DM3SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Genre: Religion
Rating: NR
Release Date: 4-MAR-2008
Media Type: DVD

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113 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Fleischer's Barabbas June 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is not your father's uplifting wishy-washy Biblical epic. This is a violent, dark, and sometimes depressing story that is quite a change from many religious films.
Based on a novel, this film imagines what happened to Barabbas after he was chosen over Jesus to be released before crucifixion. Anthony Quinn is a perfect choice as the unrepentant thief who goes back to the world he knows- crime and carousing. His favorite prostitute Rachel, however, has become a Christian and is later stoned for it. Barabbas is not just an observer, he sees Jesus go to the crucifixion, and later finds Rachel at the open grave. Barabbas goes back to his old gang of thieves, murders the new leaders, and they rob some Jewish clerics. Caught, he is sent to the sulfur mines for life, where he meets Christian Sahak, played by Vittorio Gassman. Sahak knows Barabbas' name and reputation, and attacks him. They eventually become friends, since they are shackled together in the pit. Barabbas survives in the mine for twenty years, refusing to die. He is tormented by the memory of his near death years before, and he sees the sacrifice Jesus made not just for him, but for all of us.
Barabbas and Sahak survive a cave-in at the mine, and are taken to Rome as good luck charms by a newly appointed senator's wife. They are recruited to fight in the coliseum, ruled by a maniacal gladiator played by a very young Jack Palance. The duo also make contact with a Christian servant, Ernest Borgnine in a small but good role. Eventually, Sahak dies for his beliefs at the hands of Palance, and Barabbas has his bloody revenge on the field. Granted his freedom, Barabbas takes Sahak's body to a group of Christians, who reject Barabbas' half hearted attempts at Christianity.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Film March 5, 2002
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I've often wished for a widescreen edition of Barabbas and now here it is. I became excited several months ago when I saw this edition was to be relased on DVD. So here I am on March 5th ordering my copy. I own the VHS version which distracts from the excellent photogarphy. There are some important things to know about the production of this film: the crucifixion sequece was filmed during an actual eclipse, a one shot scene. The sets were constructed three dimnesional so the streets of Jerusalem and Rome appear real. Anthony Quinn was a perfect choice for Barabbas. If you've read the book this film will provide a quality visual to the fine, simple telling of a man's life, the man who was spared crucifixion and free'd instead of our Lord. Also if you've read the book you'll know what Barabbas is thinking most of the time. Quinn is excellent, his eyes ever roaming in thought of survival. This is a big movie shot in a down to earth realistic way. A fine study in seeking truth, arriving on it's doorstep only to turn away. Because of the book, when Baabbas is helping set fire to Rome, I am aware of how truly emotional this last scene in the film is. (I hope am not giving anything way in the film). Barabbas finally makes an open commitment, acting out on a belief system that he's denied since Christ's crucifixion, only to discover in the end it was Nero who set fire to Rome and not the Christians. It's really all there. The muscal score is unsual and unique. I have the old mono 33 1/2 rpm version which gives musical examples at the end of how Mario Nascimbene wrote and orchastrated the incedibe score. Sadly enough this old recording is far supeior to the new CD issue which edited cuts and left out the 5 minute + prologue. I rate this movie 5 stars. If you like the old spectaculars this one is unique and should be in your library.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars grim but interesting March 20, 2005
One always wonders what might have happened to both Barabbas and Pontius Pilate, and this is a fanciful tale about the fate of the man who was chosen to live, based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist (winner of a Nobel prize for Literature in 1951).

The scourging and crucifixion are shown, but mostly, Jesus is seen through His followers, and the faith that endures in them throughout the film. A solar eclipse apparently happened during the filming, and it is the backdrop for the darkened sky at the crucifixion, used to great effect.

Anthony Quinn is perfect as Barabbas, and heads a fine international cast, with Silvana Mangano as his former girlfriend who has become a follower of Jesus, Arthur Kennedy as Pontius Pilate, Harry Andrews as Peter, Valentina Cortese as the wife of a high-ranking Roman, Ernest Borgnine as a Christian in Rome, and Katy Jurado (at the time Mrs. Borgnine) as one of the raunchy women in Barabbas' Jerusalem gang.

Two of the best performances come from Jack Palance as a sadistic gladiator, and especially, Vittorio Gassman as a young Christian who shares the latter part of Barabbas' life.

Richard Fleischer keeps the pacing so that the dark nature of the story doesn't get too gloomy, and the film is also helped by Mario Nascimbene's score, and Aldo Tonti's Technicolor cinematography.

The script has some inspirational touches, and the scenes I found fascinating were the ones in the "school of gladiators", where the physical feats are astounding, and the arena itself, especially at the conclusion when Jack Palance makes his entrance in a chariot.

Interesting as both an historical supposition, and an interpretation of that era of Roman rule, as well as for its excellent acting, this is probably the grimmest of the big sword and sandal religious epics of its era, but well worth watching. The DVD extra is the theatrical trailer, and total running time is 137 minutes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Lengthy but Lovely Story"
Barabbas seemed to be searching the whole movie which was kinda painful but was still good ,displaying many versions of FAITHFUL BELIEVERS and our FAITHFUL JESUS!
Published 18 days ago by Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a Favorite Movie to Watch at Any Time
One of my favorite movies of any kind to watch at no particular time. Anthony Quinn is one of my favorite actors and one of his best movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shadow Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a classic old movie. Anthony Quinn is outstanding as the man released in the place of Jesus Christ.
Published 3 months ago by Nick Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old classic
I love the biblical movies. My husband had never sen this and was impressed. Great old movie. Very much a classic.
Published 4 months ago by Linda K.
5.0 out of 5 stars graet
one of my favorites of all time. this movie brings back memories and well as continuing to tickle me as I watch it again and again
Published 4 months ago by bwolz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick
I watched this movie years ago, and wanted it for a long time because Anthony Quinn played such a good part. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Quinn as Barabbas
We know not what becomes of Barabbas after he is freed from prison and Jesus is retained at the cries from the crowd and Pilate is forced to Crucify Christ Jesus. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wayne A. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Barabbas
This was a beautiful story about barabbas and i was well please with it and will recommend it to all my friends.
Thank you John
Published 7 months ago by john mosley
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Quinn is always a treat
Wonderfully produced, staged and acted presentation of Biblical events in historical drama. I leave critique with respect to fidelity both to history and Scriptures to those more... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dreighton Rosier
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good good movie. Very interesting, I will recommend it to all my christain friends, am sure because they love the bible, they will buy it.
Published 9 months ago by Ifeanyi
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end diallogue? (last words from Barabbas)
Barabbas's last lines can be interpreted in several different ways. It is possible he was giving his soul over to the darkness of oblivion or the unknown. However, there is a more hopeful interpretation as well. Barabbas was obviously affected by the darkness at Christs... Read more
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