King of Kings

Synopsis: The story of the life of Jesus Christ from his birth in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Filmed on a relatively grand scale, the film includes all of the major events referred to in the New Testament; his baptism by John the Baptist; the miracles - cripples walking, blind men seeing; the fishes and the loaves; and so on. The film actually begins with the Roman invasion by Pompey in 65 B.C., the appointment of King Herod the Great by the Romans and finally the crowning of Herod Antipas after he murders his father. The revolt led by Barrabas is also included and John the Baptist's beheading as Salome's price for dancing for Herod.
Director(s): Nicholas Ray
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
168 min

by command of Caesar.

Dare you disobey Caesar?


while I slept, I heard a voice saying:

''Take the child and his mother,

flee into Egypt...

''and stay there until you are told

to return.''

Then we will go.

And so, when Joseph and Mary

fled into Egypt...

Herod's men, seeking all newborn sons...

did slaughter the innocents of Bethlehem.

Not my son!

Help me!


I cannot breathe.

Help me to my throne.

A king who cannot walk to his own throne

is no longer a king, Father.

Put me on my throne.

I will not die on my knees.

So Herod the Great,

crushed by his many murders...

self-crucified, fell dead.

And Herod Antipas

took murder for his crown.

And so it was that with Herod's death...

Joseph brought his family out of Egypt,

and he took them to Nazareth...

where the years passed, numbering 12.

- You are Joseph, the carpenter?

- Yes.

My camel litter needs repair.

I'll look at it.

- Peace be to you.

- And to you.

- Refresh yourself.

- Thank you.

- Your son?

- Yes.

And does he like being a carpenter?

Yes, he does.

There's a big world outside this garden,

do you want him to see it?

He will see it soon enough.

Let me take him with me. I'll pay you well.

I could use a lad like that

to help me with my caravan.

No. Someday he will leave me...

but someone else will call him.

And who will that be?

My son will know him when he comes.

I can mend it by tomorrow.


Have no fear.

We're simply checking the census

against the tax rolls.

Now, you are...


- And you live here with your wife, Mary.

- That is so.

Who's this boy?

My son, Jesus.

I have no record of his birth.

When was he born?

Twelve years ago.

- Where?

- In Bethlehem.


Count those in the next house.

See that the boy is registered

before the year is out.

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Philip Yordan

Philip Yordan (April 1, 1914 – March 24, 2003) was an American screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. more…

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