King of Kings

King of Kings

Director: Nicholas Ray Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Hurd Hatfield, Siobhan McKenna


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One major film star referred to director Nicholas Ray as a "loser," because of Ray's alleged willingness to let his more temperamental actors walk all over him. Evidently, Ray had a very compliant and cooperative cast in King of Kings, inasmuch as the film emerged as one of the most disciplined Biblical epics ever made. Jeffrey Hunter is cast as Jesus Christ, delivering a wholly credible performance in this most taxing of roles (never mind the wags who referred to the film as "I Was a Teenage Jesus"). Siobhan McKenna is a radiant if somewhat overaged Mary; Hurd Hatfield offers a properly preening Pontius Pilate; Rip Torn portrays Judas more for the tragedy than the treachery; Robert Ryan (a personal favorite of Ray's) is one of the best John the Baptists you're ever likely to see; and Harry Guardino convincingly interprets Barabbas as a firebrand political extremist. The only false note in the casting is the MGM-dictated selection of teenaged Brigid Bazlen as Salome. The best aspect of the film is its handling of the days after the Resurrection; the "Jesus sightings" are offered as secondhand information, so as to retain some of the mystery inherent in the Scriptures. King of Kings was previously filmed in 1927 by Cecil B. DeMille, with a middle-aged H.B. Warner as Jesus.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
UPC: 0883929076376
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:51:00
Sales rank: 16,396

Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage Documentary The Camera's Window Of The World; Premiere Newsreels ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Hunter Jesus Christ
Hurd Hatfield Pontius Pilate
Siobhan McKenna Mary
Ron Randell Lucius, the Centurion
Harry Guardino Barabbas
Viveca Lindfors Claudia
Rip Torn Judas
Rita Gam Herodias
Frank Thring Herod Antipas
Carmen Sevilia Mary Magdalene
Brigid Bazlen Salome
Guy Rolfe Caiphas
Maurice Marsac Nicodemus
Gregoire Aslan King Herod
Royal Dano Peter
Edric Connor Balthazar
Robert Ryan John the Baptist
George Coulouris Camel Driver
Conrado SanMartin Gen. Pompey
Gerard Tichy Joseph
Luis Prendes Good Thief
David Davies Burly Man
Ruben Rojo Matthew
Fernando Sancho Madman
Michael Wager Thomas
Adriano Rimoldi Melchior
Barry Keegan Bad Thief
Rafael Luis Calvo Simon of Cyrene
Felix de Pomes Joseph of Arimathea
Francisco Moran Blind Man
José Nieto Caspar
Orson Welles Narrator
Ray Bradbury Narrator

Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Enrique Alarcon Set Decoration/Design
Manuel Berenguer Cinematographer
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
Samuel Bronston Producer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Harold Kress Editor
Carlo Lastricati Asst. Director
Renee Lichtig Editor
Charles Parker Makeup
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Jaime Prades Associate Producer
José Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Betty Utey Choreography
Mario Van Riel Makeup
Georges Wakhévitch Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects
Philip Yordan Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King of Kings
1. Overture [3:46]
2. Credits [2:25]
3. Fallen Jerusalem [4:38]
4. Herod's Forests [2:02]
5. A Bethlehem Stable [3:09]
6. Crown of Murder [4:47]
7. The Census [2:21]
8. Pontius Pilate [5:21]
9. Ambushing the Romans [4:27]
10. John Meets Jesus [3:48]
11. Desert temptation [4:27]
12. Fisher of men [1:54]
13. Voice of an Agitator [4:56]
14. John Imprisoned [3:52]
15. Healer at Work [2:49]
16. Uncast Stone [4:59]
17. Familiar Face [2:31]
18. Blessing Through Bars [1:43]
19. Madman and Magdalene [3:51]
20. So it is Reported [2:45]
21. John's Request [1:52]
22. Whatever Salome Wants [2:58]
23. Salome's Dance [2:11]
24. Head on a Platter [2:09]
25. Message to John [1:48]
26. A Great Multitude [:12]
27. Sermon on the Mount [3:17]
28. The Lord's Prayer [9:56]
29. Reactions [2:39]
30. Jesus and the Apostles [1:32]
31. Fire and Water [2:37]
32. Intermission [3:36]
33. Entr'Acte [:44]
34. Eyes Toward Jerusalem [4:20]
35. Entry Into the City [2:52]
36. To the Slaughter [2:30]
37. "I Will Force His Hand" [5:03]
38. The Last Supper [1:47]
39. Garden Torment [5:49]
40. Betrayed and Denied [4:21]
41. On Trial [3:16]
42. "What Is Truth?" [4:35]
43. Still Made of Clay [1:32]
44. Scourged and Crowned [3:16]
45. Free Men [2:46]
46. Procession of Calvary [3:37]
47. Crucifixion [3:22]
48. "It Is Finished" [3:08]
49. Bodies Claimed [2:23]
50. "He Is Arisen" [3:30]
51. With You Always [2:02]
52. Exit Music [2:06]

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King of Kings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There have been many religious movies made over the years, but The King of Kings is probably one of the most cinematically pleasing accounts of the life of Jesus. This is a long movie, so leave yourself a fair amount of time for viewing. The scenery is breath-taking and you will swear that you are watching a 'documentary' of Jesus's life. The storyline, for the most part, sticks closely to the main stream account of Jesus's life & crucifixtion.
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RONDANTO More than 1 year ago
Warner's has done a superb job in bringing "King of Kings" to Blu ray. The video is sharp and the colors, especially the reds, jump out at you. The sensational score by Miklos Rozsa never sounded better,.Audio is great although more front oriented. Some directionality in rear speakers. My only complaint is that Warners should have found additional extra material and not just duplicate the DVD version. This is Blu Ray as it was meant to be seen. This is the Definitive "King of Kings." Now if only Fox/ MGM will correct their quality control on their disasterous Blu ray release of " The Greatest Story Ever Told."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful cinematography. Sermon on the Mount scene well done and very powerful, even to me, a non-practicing Christian. Hunter was a convincing Jesus as a man of goodness and peace. A very enjoyable and important film.