Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth

Director: Franco Zeffirelli Cast: Robert M. Powell, Olivia Hussey, Peter Ustinov

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Because director Franco Zeffirelli noted publicly that he intended to depict Jesus Christ as a human being rather than a religious icon, his expensive made-for-TV miniseries Jesus of Nazareth fell victim to protestors long before its April 3, 1977, debut. Despite the pullout of several sponsors, Jesus of Nazareth was aired as scheduled, sweeping the ratings in the process. In avoiding the usual overproduced Hollywood approach to the Gospels, Zeffirelli offers one of the most sensitive and reverent portrayals of Jesus ever seen on film. In the title role, Robert Powell heads a huge international cast, which includes Olivia Hussey as Mary, Peter Ustinov as Herod the Great, Christopher Plummer as Herod Antipas, Michael York as John the Baptist, James Farentino as Simon Peter, Donald Pleasence as Melchior, James Earl Jones as Balthazar, Ian McShane as Judas, Anne Bancroft as Mary Magdalene, Rod Steiger as Pontius Pilate, James Mason as Joseph of Arimathea, Anthony Quinn as Caiaphas, Laurence Olivier as Nicodemus, Ernest Borgnine as the Centurion, and Claudia Cardinale as the Adulteress. Filmed in England, Tunisia, and Morocco, Jesus of Nazareth was scripted by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi D'Amico. It originally aired in two three-hour segments, telecast Palm and Easter Sunday of 1977 as part of NBC's Big Event anthology.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2016
UPC: 0826663164985
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 6:24:00
Sales rank: 5,236

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert M. Powell Jesus Christ
Olivia Hussey Virgin Mary
Peter Ustinov Herod the Great
Christopher Plummer Herod Antipas
Anne Bancroft Mary Magdalene
James Mason Joseph of Arimathea
Ian McShane Judas
Laurence Olivier Nicodemus
Rod Steiger Pontius Pilate
Ernest Borgnine Centurion
Claudia Cardinale Adulteress
James Farentino Peter
Ian Holm Zerah
James Earl Jones Balthazar
Stacy Keach Barabbas
Tony Lo Bianco Quintilius
Simon MacCorkindale Actor
Robert Olivier Actor
Donald Pleasence Melchior
Anthony Quinn Caiaphas
Michael York John the Baptist
Cyril Cusack Yehuda
Ralph Richardson Simeon
Fernando Rey Gaspar
Valentina Cortese Herodias
Yorgo Voyagis Joseph

Technical Credits
Franco Zeffirelli Director,Screenwriter
Anthony Burgess Screenwriter
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Vincenzo Labella Producer
Armando Nannuzzi Cinematographer
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer
David Watkin Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jesus of Nazareth: The Complete Miniseries - Parts One & Two
1. Chapter 1 [2:10]
2. Chapter 2 [13:17]
3. Chapter 3 [11:45]
4. Chapter 4 [3:18]
5. Chapter 5 [12:21]
6. Chapter 6 [11:19]
7. Chapter 7 [13:15]
8. Chapter 8 [5:27]
9. Chapter 9 [22:07]
10. Chapter 10 [1:03]
11. Chapter 11 [:40]
12. Chapter 12 [2:14]
13. Chapter 13 [:12]
14. Chapter 14 [19:48]
15. Chapter 15 [6:25]
16. Chapter 16 [8:35]
17. Chapter 17 [11:25]
18. Chapter 18 [16:10]
19. Chapter 19 [11:14]
20. Chapter 20 [5:08]
21. Chapter 21 [4:14]
22. Chapter 22 [9:08]
23. Chapter 23 [1:00]
24. Chapter 24 [:41]
25. Chapter 25 [:00]
Disc #2 -- Jesus of Nazareth: The Complete Miniseries - Parts Three & Four
1. Chapter 1 [2:16]
2. Chapter 2 [10:15]
3. Chapter 3 [13:00]
4. Chapter 4 [5:11]
5. Chapter 5 [3:30]
6. Chapter 6 [6:45]
7. Chapter 7 [9:54]
8. Chapter 8 [15:57]
9. Chapter 9 [9:10]
10. Chapter 10 [18:26]
11. Chapter 11 [1:00]
12. Chapter 12 [:39]
13. Chapter 13 [2:08]
14. Chapter 14 [16:08]
15. Chapter 15 [16:08]
16. Chapter 16 [4:53]
17. Chapter 17 [23:11]
18. Chapter 18 [9:51]
19. Chapter 19 [16:45]
20. Chapter 20 [3:20]
21. Chapter 21 [2:22]
22. Chapter 22 [:01]

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Jesus of Nazareth 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
honeypie129 More than 1 year ago
Ever since I saw this story back in 1977 I was blown away my the excellent acting, superb direction (Zefferelli is a GENIUS), and the sensitivity of the writing, production-in short, everything worked together to make this particular portrayal of the Passion of Christ the absolute best I've ever seen. Each actor/actress was picked for their role with precision,and they each portrayed their role with passion and the excellence that comes from experienced actors being directed by a genius. The result is a movie that transfixes you, even though you know the story and the ending. You've just never seen it done this way. I highly recommend it to anyone, but especially for those who have children who are old enough to understand it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie so much because it helps me understand the bible more clearly . Everytime i see this movie it makes me cry the way I've never cried before . I love jesus christ so much !!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since my first viewing of this seris, I have been profoundly affected. And it sparked the already burning intrest of Jesus and His life in me even more! I researched the gospel's, and tried to find everything Jesus said in the movie, in the Bible. What an awsome, awsome accomplishment! Other directors have tried to duplicate this, but have failed sadly. Great Job!!!!
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kenKV More than 1 year ago
This movie is so excellent.  Thumb up!  I give four stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 49 years old and became a born again christian just over 1 year ago. Having spent considerable time reading the bible, paticuarly the new testament, I decided to view as many possible movies based on Jesus just to see how he was possibly portayed with the liberty Hollywood usually takes. Allowing for the fact that I am a christian, this is possibly the most powerful and engrossing movie I have ever had the pleasure to view. I have viewed this movie 3 times with only short breaks for lunch. It is so easy to virtually just sit back and enjoy this movie in it's entirety. I paticuarly enjoyed the perfomances of Rod Stieger and Anne Bancroft. However, by the end of the movie, Robert Powells magnifecent performance of Jesus, had me forget that I was watching an actor at work but that he was actually Jesus Christ due to his powerful performance. You do not have to be a christian to enjoy this movie because of the quality involved in all facets of movie making here. If you only ever buy 1 movie in your life time, make sure it is Jesus of Nazareth. Who knows, if you take the time to view it with a non christian friend, you just might end up with 1 more person asking The Lord Jesus into his/her life. Thank you Franco.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie about the life of Jesus that I have ever seen. The acting is excellent and they try to stay as close to the Bible as possible. A great family movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a masterpiece I'm speechless
TimmyDTD More than 1 year ago
Jesus of Nazareth (1977) bothered me the first time I saw it, and the second as well. This filmscore was written based on the King James Bible, and its protestant slant - which would be confusing for Catholics if the catch it - is the words Jesus says to Peter "You are Peter, and upon this rock I will biuld WHAT I MUST CALL MY CHURCH". Jesus was not compelled to do anything by anyone. He speaks the words of the Father, and the erliest Gospels (in possession of the Catholic Church, protected throughout time and generations within 40 years of Christ's speaking them) the Synoptics, and I quote the familiar and correct words of Jesus: "Thou art Peter and Upon this rock I will build my Church". There is no equivocating on this. The prior was certainly a Protestant change. As we all know, there is one Christian Church centered in and drawing all grace from the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church presents all seven sacraments as sources of grace (but not all grace). All other Christian sects subsist in the Catholic Church in that they have a part of Christianity - which we should all celebrate. But let's be clear on exact wording and interpretation, which fade once you get into the miasma of 32,000 different Protestant religions.
DonnaMariaArdolino More than 1 year ago
The greatest movie of all time on the Life of Jesus Christ!!!! It is the closest to the gospels and it is one of my favorite movies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful motion picture with a timeless story. Even after more than 25 years, it is still the best movie ever made about the life of Jesus. A must for the home library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesus' humanity as portrayed in this movie is exactly what makes this version of Jesus' ministry so attractive and appealing to audiences young and old. I have used this movie over and over in Sunday School class (usually shown in segments rather than lengthy pieces) to illustrate Bible stories. The movie brings alive the culture of the times as well as the biolgraphical events of Jesus' life. Zefferelli shows some bias toward Renaissance Italian art in the arrangement of his various sets. Certain Italian masters' depictions of Jesus' life are virtually duplicated in the amusing if anachoronistic insertion. I particularly like the depiction of Peter as a reluctant desciple, a macho fisherman pulled in spite of himself into the web of Jesus' ministry. This particular portrayal follows the Gospel of John version of event sequence, maximizing the drama building from the beginning to the end of his ministry, climaxing with the raising of Lazarus from the dead just before his entry into Jerusalem, helping explain his popularity during Holy Week. Judas is interestingly portrayed as a soul torn between his patriotic duty to his country and his loyalty to Jesus, much more probable than his traditional 'simply evil' profile. One minor criticism...the youthful Jesus is portrayed as blonde and blue eyed...amusing imagery but highly inaccurate. Having used this film over and over again, I can say it never ages, has never become 'creaky' or dated in its portrayals. It shines 25 years after its making as if it was made yesterday. One of Zefferelli's masterpieces.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies about Jesus I have ever seen, very informative about the life of Jesus. Any one can see it and feel like an expert on the life of Jesus and what he was teaching. A really powerful movie that will have you thinking for days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've used this film for 12 years to teach 7th grade Sunday School. The students read correlating Bible passages and then view about 20 minutes of the video each week. Students are encouraged to compare the WORD to the film. With every viewing, I learn more. Awesome acting and most accurate interpretation of the Bible, bar none.
STOWERSPOWERS More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was most impressed with the movie because the actor who protrayed Jesus was able to visually show us a man who could communicate with God instantly, who could ''see'' and ''hear'' God. Where all the suffering, sin, war, brutality, and disease existed, he was able to ''see'' beyond it all, to see the ''Truth''. If you believe that Christ was here to save and heal, and teach others to do as he did, you'll love this movie. This movie also shows the sacrifice our Master made for us, words cannot describe what horrors he went through for us even though he was totally innocent, the ''lamb'' of God. And He overcame all that flesh could do to him, and arose from the dead. In this way, Powell protrayed that what Jesus went through, we all go through = overwhelmed with evil, although innocent, we suffer and die. Christ shows us the way, shows us the final victory over sin, sickness and death. I'm a big man like Ernest Borgenine, but I cry like a baby when I see the passion of this movie!! I watch it at least once a year. All Christians can enjoy it and know that we are all truly brothers with all humans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am such a sinner but because of Zeffirelli's movie. He was able to show me a Christ so frightful as He is Blessed and Holy- Frightful because Robert Powell portrayed the Christ to near perfection, I was moved to shame and guilt watching the film. Blessed and Holy because the director was able to present to the public that He is a Man-God who understands and emphatizes with human suffering and frailty. There are so many favorite scenes like 1)when the Centurion asked for Jesus' help to heal his helper who he almost treated like a son, 2)there was this moving scene where Jesus drew out the demon from a possessed man. 3)When Herod ordered the murder of all the two year old males. 4)''The Pieta'' Nobody has ever made a movie as close to the life of Christ as Zeffirelli.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film is moving, intelligent and well-acted, despite some of tbe halting dialogue from some of the supporting (non-professional?) members of the cast. Overall, just a really beautiful film to watch over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie of Jesus ever told. This movie is like the 10 Commandments, it tells the story as it is in the Bible. You will enjoy it! It's inspirational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a beautiful movie. Robert Powell is so believable as Jesus, it is amazing. All the acting is terrific, as well as the scenery and sets. Incredibly believable, it's like you are watching history. I remember seeing this as a child on television, and being mesmerized. I've seen it many times since. A classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love movies about the life of Jesus, and this one was outstanding, Robert Powell did a wonderful job in the title role. a must have for anyone seeking the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best I have ever seen depicting the life of Jesus. It is so true to the Bible, they even speak the true words and verses from the Bible. I can watch it over and over again. All the actors are wonderful. When you are watching this movie you feel you are back in time. A must see film for me every Easter and anytime I want to see a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie depicting the life of Jesus that is available. This movie includes a great cast of actors and actresses. You will not regret purchasing this movie!! Without a doubt...a great movie!!