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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Robert Powell , Olivia Hussey  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (840 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Anne Bancroft
  • Writers: Anthony Burgess, David Butler, Franco Zeffirelli, Suso Cecchi D'Amico
  • Producers: Bernard J. Kingham, Dyson Lovell, Lew Grade, Tarak Ben Ammar
  • Format: Digital Sound, Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 382 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (840 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jesus of Nazareth" on IMDb

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Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey. Franco Zeffirelli creates an unforgettable portrait in his legendary interpretation of the life of Jesus. James Mason, Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft are included in the all-star cast. 2 DVDs. 1977/color/6 hrs., 22 min/NR/fullscreen.

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436 of 445 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE FILM ON THE LIFE OF CHRIST! August 3, 2002
After more than two decades, JESUS OF NAZARETH remains the greatest motion picture on the life of Jesus Christ -unsurpassed and second-to-none. Beautifully directed by Franco Zeffirelli (best known for his 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet) and featuring a constellation of the greatest international actors: Sir Lawrence Olivier, Rod Steiger, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones, Anthony Quinn (among others, oh my!), this six-hour magnum opus has given flesh and humanity to the people and events of the Gospel narratives like no other movie before or since.
The film begins with the events prior to the Anunciation and Nativity, through the life of Christ, leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection, from Joseph's betrothal to Mary (played by Olivia Hussey, best known for her role as Juliet in the aforementioned film.) to the Empty Tomb on Easter Sunday. First-rate production allows us to observe with great detail the customs and daily life in first-century Judaea. The backdrop of Roman oppression and Jewish discontent is masterfully shown and successfully correlated to Jesus' ministry, in particular the political maneuvering of the cunning Herod (wondrously played by Peter Ustinov) and its effects on messianic expectation. Many persons mentioned only in passing or alluded to in the gospels such as Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate are portrayed with great credibility, allowing us to understand the historical figures' motives and intentions more fully.
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180 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest version of the greatest story ever told February 24, 2004
Prior to its debut on NBC in April 1977, "Jesus of Nazareth" was the subject of considerable controversy after director Franco Zeffirelli suggested his interpretation of Jesus would veer wildly from previous screen versions of the Gospels. Suspecting Zeffirelli, to say nothing of co-screenwriter Anthony Burgess of "Clockwork Orange" fame, had downplayed or even denied Jesus' divinity, some prominent religious leaders condemned the film, sight unseen, for its alleged blasphemy. One sponsor (General Motors) bowed out, and another stepped in (Proctor and Gamble, years before the company fought off unsubstantiated charges that its logo was Satanic). "Jesus of Nazareth" aired as scheduled, in two parts on two successive Sunday evenings, earning high ratings and praise from critics of all faiths.

"Jesus of Nazareth" is, hands down, the finest dramatic retelling of the life of Jesus to date. As George Stevens did with his 1965 fiasco, "The Greatest Story Ever Told," Zeffirelli recruited an all-star cast, but whereas Stevens could only have hired John Wayne to play a Roman Centurion because the Duke's name would look nice on the posters, Zeffirelli chose his stars because they were gifted actors perfect for their roles.

One doesn't ooh and aah at the sight of Rod Steiger, Anthony Quinn, or Laurence Olivier, but rather marvel at how well they believably bring Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, and Nicodemus to respective life. As good as they are, the most impressive performance may come from a less illustrious "name," James Farentino, who makes for a very commanding Peter.
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271 of 292 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Jesus movie ever made February 28, 2000
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To date, "Jesus of Nazareth" is most certainly the best Jesus movie ever made. Director Franco Zeffirelli presents the story of Jesus Christ in a very authentic manner. This film sticks pretty much to the script, the Holy Bible. This historical account of Jesus starts before the birth of Christ and runs through His life, His substitutionary death for all our sins on the cross, and His reappearance afterward. Much time is spent on our Lord's three-year long mission preaching and performing miracles as an adult on earth, and many scenes are genuinely touching, leaving not a dry eye in the audience. We've first seen this movie when it was released back in the late 70s, and since then we've watched it a few dozen times. The nearly six and a half hours running time are not a bother for those interested in the life of Christ. This picture comes across as a very well funded production and much care has been given to detail. We're certain that most viewers will be touched, aided by Robert Powell's realistic performance and portrayal of our Savior Jesus Christ. This movie will make you think about your personal relationship with God, while you'll enjoy an exceptionally well-made motion picture.
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE FOR EVERY BELIEVER! March 24, 2001
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It is inconceivable that on Amazon there are only 90 reviewers for Franco Zeffirelli's masterful and inspiring masterpiece as opposed to over 2000 for "The Matrix," a less-than-monumental piece of fluff from 1999.
"Jesus of Nazareth" sports a cast of Academy Award-winners (Lawrence Olivier, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, and Peter Ustinov, to name a few) and nominees (James Earl Jones, James Mason, Christopher Plummer) as well as a support from an international group of performers. Olivia Hussey brings just the amount of warmth and humanity in the role of Mary; Rod Steiger deftly portrays Pontius Pilate as a man torn between duty to his country and awe of this man called Jesus; Michael York is stunning as John the Baptist.
Robert Powell brings to the movie the definitive portrait of Jesus. His passionate performance is the stuff of legend. Prior to this motion picture, there had been few instances wherein Christ had been seen; it is as if the screen was awaiting the right man for the part. Powell proves that to be true; he is perfect!
If I have motivated even one soul to purchase this masterwork, then I have accomplished the goal of this review. Money could not be better spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus of Nazareth
How do you rate a movie you purchased because you've seen dozens of times? It was a great movie so i bought it. Always wanted to own it. So I'm very happy.
Published 5 hours ago by SA
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a gift.
I bought this as a gift for a friend and he loves it! Perfect condition for an excellent price! Thank you!
Published 10 hours ago by Kerrie
5.0 out of 5 stars The real "Greatest Story Ever Told"
This was made for Television in 1977 and is by far the greatest interpretation of "The Greatest Story Ever Told. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Banzai
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
We watched this series when it first came out on television, and on video. The performance by Robert Powell is the best and most inspiring for people of faith that we have seen.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. Joyce E. Fish
3.0 out of 5 stars All-time best version of life of Jesus
I used this to teach my confirmation class students about the ministry of Jesus. It was much easier for them to understand a story from the Bible if we read it first and then... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Georg Gehrung
5.0 out of 5 stars The best life of Christ movie by far.
It 's hard to believe this was made in 1977. Great music, acting, production values and those non-biblical fill-ins were also well done. Few could be upset with Zefferlli's choice. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Barry Bozzone
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie
I wish it was on blu-ray but it was still a great movie to watch. I watched it with my daughter right before Easter. Great cast and great performances by all.
Published 2 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I have seen many of these movies in the past but my daughter and I both love this one the best thanks
Published 3 days ago by kirshey
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding cast, Acting, and Weaving of the Politics of the Day with...
While Bible purists may cringe that certain Bible verses are not put in the "right" place in the story according to the gospels in this version, it remains a superlative... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Area Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus from Birth til Death
This was an excellent movie to assist in understanding scripture. It is very detailed and graphic. I use it to enhance my Sunday School lessons and also in Bible Study. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Fran
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