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Barabbas (1962)




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This epic from the Bible tells the story the of murderer and thief Barabbas (Anthony Quinn), who hung around Calvary Hill when Jesus took his place on the cross. He searches for spiritual faith as he hears more about the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. His search for disciples uncovers no new knowledge of the movement. He has eyes for Rachel, and before she is stoned to death, she accurately predicts that Jesus will rise from the dead. Arrested once again, he is chained to Sahak (Vittorio Gassman) and the two become slaves in a Sicilian sulphur mine. The two are the only survivors when the mine collapses and are sold into gladiatorial slavery where Barabbas and Torvald (Jack Palance) fight to the death in a bloody battle at the Coliseum. Barabbas is converted by St. Peter (Harry Andrews) in this often violent and bloody adventure story.

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Anthony Quinn
as Barabbas
Arthur Kennedy
as Pontius Pilate
Jack Palance
as Torvald
Robert Hall
as Gladiator Captain
Arnoldo Foà
as Joseph of Arimathea
Joe Robinson
as Gladiator
Guido Celano
as Scorpio
Spartaco Nale
as Overseer
Enrico Glori
as Important Gentleman
Rina Braido
as Tavern Reveler
Tullio Tomadoni
as Blind Man
Maria Zanoli
as Beggar Woman
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Critic Reviews for Barabbas

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Like Fleischer's oeuvre as a whole, it's ripe for reconsideration-the Greatest Story Ever Told has been Retold and Retold, but Barabbas brings it back from the dead.

April 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Problems of dubbing and pacing and a lack of scene-to-scene variety weigh the movie down, but Christopher Fry's pointed and intelligent free adaptation of Pär Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence.

March 10, 2014

One might be likelier to forgive this if the film's declared intentions were less high-minded.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

An extremely underrated Biblical epic.

October 27, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Lacking the Circus Maximus spectacle of its famous predecessor, Barabbas compensates with nuanced acting from Anthony Quinn

May 2, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Barabbas


Barabbas is a beautiful work of Fleischer and Quinn. One of the most exciting and terrific Biblical films. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
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