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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 film about the life of Jesus, directed by George Stevens (some scenes by Jean Negulesco and David Lean). Max von Sydow stars as Christ, and it features a number of other top Hollywood stars, such as Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, and Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate. The large and notable cast includes Claude Rains, Jose Ferrer, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, Michael Tolan, Ed Wynn, Harold Stone, Michael Ansara, Shelley Winters, Sidney Poitier, Van Heflin, Sal Mineo, Joseph Schildkraut, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Loggia, Frank Silvera, Cyril Delevanti, Mark Lenard, Abraham Sofaer, Nehemiah Persoff, John Wayne, Carroll Baker, Ina Balin, Rodolfo Acosta, Frank DeKova, Marian Seldes, Joseph Sirola, Angelea Lansbury, John Abbott, Russell Johnson, Pat Boone and Richard Conte .

The disciples are played by Gary Raymond (as Peter), David McCallum (as Judas Iscariot), Roddy McDowall, Michael Anderson, Jr., Robert Blake, John Considine, Tom Reese (as Thomas), David Hedison, Jamie Farr and others. The music was written by Alfred Newman (who wrote the music for "How the West was Won", as well as the 20th Century Fox theme), and perfected with the Hallelujah chorus. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards: best musical score, best cinematography (color), Art Direction (color), Costume Design (color), and special visual effects.

See also: Dramatic portrayals of Jesus


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