For those who have see this, you wll already know what an amazing piece of television it was. For those of you who haven't; well, grab a bargain. Franco Zeffirelli is simply just one of the finest film makers ever....end of. And look at the cast list?!?!! Oh, and you do not need to be religious/christian to appreciate this fim.
This epic chronicle of Christ begins with the arrangements of the wedding between Joseph and Mary, proceeds through Jesus' birth, his encounter with John the Baptist, and all the way to the grueling, transfigurative end. The all-star cast includes Anne Bancroft, Laurence Olivier, Michael York, James Mason, Rod Steiger, and Robert Powell as Jesus. As the beautiful locations, superb performances, and reverent portrayals reveal, Franco Zeffirelli (OTELLO, HAMLET) directed this six-hour-plus television miniseries with palpable passion.
Available for the first time on DVD, this full un-edited version is a compelling portrayal of the life and death of Jesus (Robert Powell). Traced from birth, through to childhood, his baptism by John the Baptist (Michael York) and the miracles; culminating in his Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Four years in the making, this powerful epic has been critically acclaimed by religious leaders worldwide for its sensitivity and passion. Directed by Oscar nominee, Franco Zeffirelli, this internationally acclaimed and award-winning screen version of the life of Jesus is a captivating production coupled with historical and religious accuracy.
Robert Powell stars as Jesus and a star studded international cast ads depth and humanity to the roles of the saints, sinners and ordinary people who walked in the footsteps of the Lord.
Robert Powell ... Jesus Christ
Anne Bancroft ... Mary Magdalene
Ernest Borgnine ... The Centurion
Claudia Cardinale ... The Adulteress
Valentina Cortese ... Herodias
James Farentino ... Simon Peter
James Earl Jones ... Balthazar
Stacy Keach ... Barabbas
Tony Lo Bianco ... Quintilius
James Mason ... Joseph of Arimathea
Ian McShane ... Judas Iscariot
Laurence Olivier ... Nicodemus
Donald Pleasence ... Melchior
Christopher Plummer ... Herod Antipas
Anthony Quinn ... Caiaphas
Fernando Rey ... Gaspar
Ralph Richardson ... Simeon
Rod Steiger ... Pontius Pilate
Peter Ustinov ... Herod the Great
Michael York ... John the Baptist
Olivia Hussey ... Virgin Mary (I fancied her when I was yunger, Olivia Hussey that is)
Cyril Cusack ... Yehuda the Rabbi (t)
Ian Holm ... Zerah
Yorgo Voyagis ... Joseph
Ian Bannen ... Amos
Marina Berti ... Elizabeth
Regina Bianchi ... Anne
Maria Carta ... Martha
Lee Montague ... Habbukuk
Renato Rascel ... The Blind Man
Oliver Tobias ... Joel
Release date: 16-10-2006
Number of Discs: 2