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Jesus of Nazareth

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(NBC, 4/3/1977 and 4/10/1977, 2 Parts, 200 mins). A reverent two-part retelling of the biblical tale with British actor Robert Powell heading an all star cast, winning Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama (1977-78) and for James Farentino as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Subsequently expanded to eight hours over four nights.

Production Companies Lord Grade, ITC Entertainment Group, RAI. Director Franco Zeffirelli. Executive Producer Bernard J. Kingham. Producer Vincenzo Labella. Teleplay Anthony Burgess, Franco Zeffirelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico. Photography Armando Nannuzzi, David Watkin. Music Maurice Jarre. Editor Reginald Mills. Art Director Gianni Quaranta. Choreographer (Salome Dance) Alberto Testa. Associate Producer Dyson Lovell. Additional Dialogue David Butler.

Cast Robert Powell (Jesus Christ), Anne Bancroft (Mary Magdalene), Ernest Borgnine (The Centurion), Claudia Cardinale (The Adultress), Valentina Cortese (Herodias), James Farentino (Simon Peter), James Earl Jones (Balthasar), Stacy Keach (Barabbas), Tony Lo Bianco (Quintilius), James Mason (Joseph of Armathea), Ian McShane (Judas), 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 (The Virgin Mary), Cyril Cusack (Yehuda), Ian Bannen (Amos), Regina Bianchi (Anna), Marina Berti (Elizabeth), Oliver Tobias (Joel), Maria Carta (Marta), Lee Montague (Habbukuk), Renato Rascel (Blind Man), Norma Bowler (Saturninus), Robert Beatty (Proculus), John Phillips (Naso), Ken Jones (Jotham), Nancy Nevinson (Abigail), Renato Terra (Abel), Roy Holder (Enoch), Jonathan Adams (Adam), Christopher Reich (Metellus), Robert Davey (Daniel), Oliver Smith (Saul), George Camiller (Hosias), Murray Salem (Simon the Zealot), Tony Vogel (Rep Player), Isabel Mestres (Salome), Michael Cronin (Eliphaz), Forbes Collins (Jonas), Lorenzo Monet (Jesus at 12), Ian Holm (Zerah), Yorgo Voyagis (Joseph), Martin Benson (Pharisse).

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