Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries co-written and directed by Franco Zeffirelli which dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according the Christian Bible's New Testament Gospels. It stars Robert Powell as Jesus. The miniseries features an all star cast of famous American and European actors, including seven Oscar winners. Extra-biblical traditions were used in the writing of the screenplay and some characters and situations were invented for the film for brevity or dramatic purposes. Notably, Jesus of Nazareth depicts Judas Iscariot as a well-intentioned man initially, but later as a dupe of Zerah who betrays Jesus largely as a result of Zerah's false platitudes and pretexts. However, in accordance with the Gospels, the film depicts Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea as sympathetic members of the Sanhedrin. Many of the miracles of Jesus, such as the changing of water into wine at the wedding at Cana, the transfiguration, and the calming of the storm are not depicted, although Jesus healing the blind man and the crippled woman on Sabbath, the feeding of the multitude, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead are.

Writing:
  • Anthony Burgess
  • Suso Cecchi d'Amico
  • Franco Zeffirelli

Stars:
Release Date: 1977-01-06
Seasons: 1
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  • Country: GB, IT
  • Language: En | It | Es
  • Runtime: 404
Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
Barabbas
Ian McShane
Ian McShane
Judas Iscariot
Robert Powell
Robert Powell
Jesus
Olivia Hussey
Olivia Hussey
Virgin Mary
Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
Mary Magdalene
Christopher Plummer
Christopher P...
Herod Antipas
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
Caiaphas
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgni...
The Centurion
James Farentino
James Farenti...
Simon Peter
Michael York
Michael York
John the Baptist
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jo...
Balthazar
Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
Herod the Great
Ian Holm
Ian Holm
Zerah
Valentina Cortese
Valentina Cor...
Herodias
Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
Pontius Pilate
Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardi...
The Adulteress
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Oliv...
Nicodemus
John Duttine
John Duttine
John the Evangelist
Lee Montague
Lee Montague
Habbukuk
Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty
Proculus
Maria Carta
Maria Carta
Martha
Simon MacCorkindale
Simon MacCork...
Lucius
Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richard...
Simeon
Marina Berti
Marina Berti
Elizabeth
John Phillips
John Phillips
Naso
Martin Benson
Martin Benson
Pharisee
Oliver Tobias
Oliver Tobias
Joel
Donald Pleasence
Donald Please...
Melchior
Renato Rascel
Renato Rascel
The Blind Man
Cyril Shaps
Cyril Shaps
Obsessed Boy's Father
Ian Bannen
Ian Bannen
Amos
Francis de Wolff
Francis de Wo...
Simon the Pharisee
Donald Sumpter
Donald Sumpte...
Aram
Tony Lo Bianco
Tony Lo Bianc...
Quintilius
Ken Jones
Ken Jones
Jotham
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
Yehuda the Rabbi
James Mason
James Mason
Joseph of Arimathea
Fernando Rey
Fernando Rey
Gaspar
Jonathan Adams
Jonathan Adam...
Adam
Robert Rietty
Robert Rietty
Various small roles
Yorgo Voyagis
Yorgo Voyagis
Joseph
John Tordoff
John Tordoff
Malachi
Isabel Mestres
Isabel Mestre...
Salome
Renato Montalbano
Renato Montal...
Jairus
Oliver Smith
Oliver Smith
Saul
Robert Brown
Robert Brown
A Pharasee
Michael Cronin
Michael Croni...
Eliphaz
George Camiller
George Camill...
Hosias
Pino Colizzi
Pino Colizzi
Jobab
Stefan Kalipha
Stefan Kaliph...
Melchior's aide
Harold Bennett
Harold Bennet...
Elder
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