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Adapted by Christopher Fry from the novel by Pag Langerkvist, Barabbas is a literate, well-mounted Biblical epic. Anthony Quinn stars as Barabbas, the thief who was pardoned in place of Jesus. For the rest of his life, the guilt-ridden criminal tries to justify his existence and to determine his place in the scheme of things. The film has its share of spectacular sequences-notably the burning of Rome-but what sticks in the mind are such personality-oriented vignettes as the stoning of Sara Katy Jurado, the ...
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Adapted by Christopher Fry from the novel by Pag Langerkvist, Barabbas is a literate, well-mounted Biblical epic. Anthony Quinn stars as Barabbas, the thief who was pardoned in place of Jesus. For the rest of his life, the guilt-ridden criminal tries to justify his existence and to determine his place in the scheme of things. The film has its share of spectacular sequences-notably the burning of Rome-but what sticks in the mind are such personality-oriented vignettes as the stoning of Sara Katy Jurado, the gladiatorial sadism of Torvald Jack Palance, the self-righteous pomposity of Pontius Pilate Arthur Kennedy, and the ultimate self-sacrifical demise of Barabbas himself. The film's unbilled Christ is played by Roy Magnano, the brother of Quinn's second-billed costar Silvia Mangano. Watch for the genuine solar eclipse during the Crucifixion sequence an effect that director Richard Fleischer spent several days preparing for.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Remastered in hi definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 4.0 (discrete surround); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Overlong and at times ponderous, Barabbas has the look and ambition of classic Biblical epics, but it lacks the life and vitality necessary to break into the top ranks of that genre. Barabbas is not a bad film of its kind; it simply doesn't rank up there with The Ten Commandments or Ben-Hur. The fault certainly doesn't lay with its star. Anthony Quinn gives a commanding performance, albeit one limited by an inferior script. Still, epics of this sort don't call for carefully nuanced character explorations; they call for someone who can take hold of the film and never let go, and Quinn fills that role admirably. If Quinn occasionally goes a bit over the top, that's almost really to be expected. There's also some fun scenery chewing by Jack Palance, and some game attempts from Arthur Kennedy and Vittorio Gassman to help keep things moving. The cast gets no help from the screenplay, which is short on logic and characterization, and long on dull dialogue and ineffective repetition. Richard Fleischer's direction is too uneven to make up for the script deficiencies; he does very well with some sequences, including the stunning real-life solar eclipse sequence and the gladiator segment, but on others things fall flat. And pacing is an issue, especially in the middle section. Even with its flaws, there's enough spectacle and fanfare to keep fans of the genre interested.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • UPC: 043396244962
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Barabbas
Silvana Mangano Rachel
Arthur Kennedy Pontius Pilate
Katy Jurado Sara
Jack Palance Torvald
Harry Andrews Peter
Vittorio Gassman Sahak
Ernest Borgnine Lucius
Valentina Cortese Julia
Arnoldo Foa Joseph of Arimathea
Laurence Payne Disciple
Michael Gwynn Lazarus
Norman Wooland Rufio
Ivan Triesault Emperor
Roy Mangano Christ
Joe Robinson Gladiator
Gianni di Benedetto Officer
Carlo Giustini
Enrico Glori Important Gentleman
Robert Hall Gladiator Captain
Friedrich Ledebur
Spartaco Nale Overseer
Maria Zanoli Beggar Woman
Guido Celano Scorpio
Douglas Fowley Vasasio
Simone Signoret
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Nigel Balchin Screenwriter
Mario Chiari Production Designer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Maria de Matteis Costumes/Costume Designer
Diego Fabbri Screenwriter
Christopher Fry Screenwriter
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Ivo Perilli Screenwriter
Ray Poulton Editor
Aldo Tonti Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Barabbas
1. Start [3:21]
2. "Scourge Him." [1:34]
3. Custom of the Season [6:13]
4. Rachel [2:00]
5. "The Light Has Left Us." [9:02]
6. A Promise Kept [4:13]
7. The Disciples [3:54]
8. Lazarus [6:49]
9. Dangerous Talk [3:18]
10. Death by Stoning [3:28]
11. Remembering the Way [1:39]
12. No Death for Barabbas [1:21]
13. The Sulfur Mines [3:54]
14. Sahak [6:19]
15. Sign of the Cross [6:05]
16. End of the Underworld [4:26]
17. Working the Fields [7:04]
18. The Coliseum [7:00]
19. Gladiator School [4:54]
20. Games of Life & Death [3:31]
21. The Charge: Sedition [5:02]
22. Execution At Dawn [5:43]
23. The Emperor's Favorite [4:36]
24. Barabbas Vs. Torvald [3:49]
25. The Catacombs [4:54]
26. "Rome Is Burning!" [7:37]
27. Peter [5:07]
28. Into His Keeping [4:00]
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Disc #1 -- Barabbas
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      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barabbas DVD Review

    I enjoyed this film, fantastic, and so much passion with all the actors and great effects. This is a must for anyone to watch over the age of 13 years. I would definately recommend this movie, it is very inspirational for believers in Christ.

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