Jesus of Nazareth

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Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. read more
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Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It stars Robert Powell as Jesus, and features an all-star cast of famous American and European actors, including eight who had won or would go on to win Academy Awards: Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, James Earl Jones, and Peter Ustinov.

Original Release

03/27/1977 on NBC

US Release

04/03/1977

Cast

Rod Steiger Pontius Pilate
Stacy Keach Barabbas
Christopher Plummer Herod Antipas
Ralph Richardson Simeon
Robert Powell Jesus
Ian McShane Judas Iscariot
Anne Bancroft Mary Magdalene
Cyril Cusack Yehuda
Michael York John the Baptist
Anthony Quinn Caiaphas
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Part 1 Sunday, 27 March 1977
2 Part 2 Sunday, 03 April 1977
3 Part 3 Sunday, 17 April 1977
4 Part 4 Sunday, 24 April 1977

Directors

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers

Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Anthony Burgess, Franco Zeffirelli

Cast

Rod Steiger Pontius Pilate
Stacy Keach Barabbas
Christopher Plummer Herod Antipas
Ralph Richardson Simeon
Robert Powell Jesus
Ian McShane Judas Iscariot
Anne Bancroft Mary Magdalene
Cyril Cusack Yehuda
Michael York John the Baptist
Anthony Quinn Caiaphas
Ian Holm Zerah
Ernest Borgnine The Centurion
Donald Pleasence Melchior
Claudia Cardinale The Adulteress
James Earl Jones Balthazar
Valentina Cortese Herodias
Fernando Rey Gaspar
James Mason Joseph of Arimathea
Peter Ustinov Herod the Great
Laurence Olivier Nicodemus

Producers

Bernard J. Kingham Executive Producer
Vincenzo Labella Producer
1978 Emmy Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special Nominated
1978 Emmy Outstanding Special - Drama or Comedy Nominated
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