Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries co-written and directed by Franco Zeffirelli which dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according the Christian Bible's New Testament Gospels. It stars Robert Powell as Jesus. The miniseries features an all star cast of famous American and European actors, including seven Oscar winners. Extra-biblical traditions were used in the writing of the screenplay and some characters and situations were invented for the film for brevity or dramatic purposes. Notably, Jesus of Nazareth depicts Judas Iscariot as a well-intentioned man initially, but later as a dupe of Zerah who betrays Jesus largely as a result of Zerah's false platitudes and pretexts. However, in accordance with the Gospels, the film depicts Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea as sympathetic members of the Sanhedrin. Many of the miracles of Jesus, such as the changing of water into wine at the wedding at Cana, the transfiguration, and the calming of the storm are not depicted, although Jesus healing the blind man and the crippled woman on Sabbath, the feeding of the multitude, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead are.

  • Anthony Burgess
  • Franco Zeffirelli
  • Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Seasons: 1
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  • Release Date: 1977-01-06
  • Views: 168
  • Country: GB, IT
  • Language: En | It | Es
  • Runtime: 382

Ian Holm


Ernest Borgnine

The Centurion

Michael York

John the Baptist

Anne Bancroft

Mary Magdalene

Peter Ustinov

Herod the Great

Ian McShane

Judas Iscariot

Christopher Plummer

Herod Antipas

Stacy Keach


Cyril Cusack

Yehuda the Rabbi

Olivia Hussey

Virgin Mary

Martin Benson


Rod Steiger

Pontius Pilate

Marina Berti


Cyril Shaps

Obsessed Boy's Father

Tony Lo Bianco


Anthony Quinn


James Mason

Joseph of Arimathea

James Farentino

Simon Peter

Lee Montague


Robert Beatty


Maria Carta


John Duttine

John the Evangelist

Renato Rascel

The Blind Man

Francis de Wolff

Simon the Pharisee

Claudia Cardinale

The Adulteress

Ken Jones


Tony Vogel


Sergio Nicolai

James II

Robert Rietty

Various small roles

John Tordoff


Robert Brown

A Pharasee

Stefan Kalipha

Melchior's aide
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