Ian McShane was originally offered the role of Joseph of Arimathea. He turned it down, but held out for Judas Iscariot. See more »
When the children torment Mary Magdalene (Anne Bancroft), one boy blows up a plastic balloon and throws it into the fire, causing it to pop. Plastic was not invented until the early 1900's. See more »
The UK Precision/Polygram video featured the full 386 min version and was released on 4 tapes. The 2000 Carlton video (also issued on DVD) was a heavily abridged print running 270 mins. Although the 374 minute 2006 Granada DVD is billed as the unedited print it is actually missing two scenes: a scene where Zerah persuades Judas to bring Jesus to the Sanhedrin and the opening section of the Last Supper sequence where Jesus tells Judas to perform his betrayal. Unfortunately, this is the version that is telecast most often. See more »
This movie is SO awesome! I've seen it so many times that I can quote most of the dialog! If you want the ultimate portrayal of Jesus, watch this movie. If you want to see the best church sermon ever, watch this movie. If you want God in your life and don't know how to go about it, watch this movie! Anyone who isn't touched by this movie definitely has a heart of stone.
At the scene where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, the camera pans out and you see the countryside and Jesus from the back with his arms out and the tomb. Pay attention, after Lazarus walks out and the music gets dramatic, you see a huge shadow pass over the land that literally looks like God himself waved his arm over the earth. I wouldn't be surprised if He really did; showing us that He's pleased at what He was seeing! ;)
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