The Greatest Story Ever Told

  • Film
  • Drama
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Interminable and intolerably reverential rendering of the Life of Christ, originally made in Ultra Panavision 70mm, and soon cut for general release to 225 minutes (with subsequent versions even further shorn, the most ruthless being 127 minutes). Max von Sydow's remarkable performance is consistently undermined by dozens of ill-chosen cameos, such as John Wayne's 'Truly, this man was the Son of Gaaard' Centurion, and Shelley Winters yelling 'I'm cured!' as the Woman of No Name. Sydow resists the temptation to engage the Devil (Pleasence) in a game of chess.

Release details

Duration: 225 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Stevens
Screenwriter: James Lee Barrett, George Stevens
Cast: Max von Sydow
Carroll Baker
Pat Boone
Victor Buono
Richard Conte
Jose Ferrer
Van Heflin
Charlton Heston
Angela Lansbury
David McCallum
Roddy McDowall
Dorothy McGuire
Sal Mineo
Donald Pleasence
Sidney Poitier
Claude Rains
Telly Savalas
John Wayne
Shelley Winters
Ed Wynn
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