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Barabbas (Bible Stories)

By Affirm Sony Pictur (Actor), Silvana Mangano (Actor), Arthur Kennedy (Actor), Katy Jurado (Actor), Harry Andrews (Actor) & Richard Fleischer (Director)
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Record Label   Sony Pictures
Format   Closed-captioned / Color / DTS Surround S
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Publisher   Provident-Integrity Distribut
UPC  043396077508  

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Barabbas (Anthony Quinn) is a man literally marked with the blood of Jesus. Before being crucified, Jesus is brutally ... Full Descriptionflogged while tied to a post outside Barabbas' cell. When released by decree of the people, Barabbas staggers into this post, covering his hands in Christ's blood. His life is never the same again. BARABBAS is a powerful, vigorous movie, unlike most of the slow and reverential, Biblical epics that were being made in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Also unlike most of those movies, BARABBAS was not directly based on the Bible, which may have been less constraining to director Richard Fleischer and his collaborators. The movie is based on Noble Prize winner Pär Lagerkvist's novel, and has dialogue by poet and dramatist Christopher Fry. Visually, the film is very robust. Fleischer and director of photography, Aldo Tonti, use large masses of color against neutral backgrounds, often suppressing brighter colors. When they do allow bright light into the frame, it is dramatically striking. Also, as in most Fleischer movies, the camera movements are bold and confident. Given Fleischer's visual style, it is perhaps not surprising that the brutal gladiatorial scenes in BARABBAS were not equaled for almost years--until Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR was released in 2000.

When thief and murderer Barabbas (Anthony Quinn) is freed by the people of Judea rather than Jesus of Nazareth, the criminal struggles to understand why he was chosen to live. Rachel (Silvanno Mangano), the woman he loves, becomes a follower of Jesus, whom she believes has risen from the tomb. Barabbas, however, is unconvinced. Caught preaching, Rachel is stoned to death. Barabbas is sentenced to life working in the sulphur mines. Years later, when Barabbas is chained to Sarak (Vittorio Gassman), a Christian, the mines collapse. Barabbas and Sahak escape, and are taken to Rome and trained to fight. In the Coliseum, Barabbas eventually faces the villainous Torvald (Jack Palance). Academy Award-winning director Richard Fleischer's fictional look at one of the New Testament's most stirring passages showcases strong performances all around

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Barabbas DVD  Apr 9, 2010
An outstanding and lavishly produced biblical film with fine performances and a literate script by Christopher Fry. The 2.2:1 picture is enhanced and of high quality.
Condemned  Feb 21, 2010
Hollywood excelled at this in earlier days. they start with a passage of scripture about the man, a murderer, that was released at the request of a crowd. His release sent Jesus to the cross to die for mankinds sin. The Bible leaves you there which becomes the start of this movie & high drama.

Starring Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano (I always admire her & Irene Papas work), Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado, Harry Andrews, Ernest Borgnine & Jack Palance in a role he was born to play. Quinn as Barabbas is perfect as a filthy, crude & violent Jew. His life dedicated to the destruction of Romans it is strange that he has been chosen as the recipient of Roman mercy. Having been condemned to die & then freed he cannot be sentenced to death again. "You cannot kill me." as Barabbas screams. This becomes the foundation of our plot as he moves from one confrontation with the christians to another with the romans & then on as Rome seeks a solution to the problem they set free.

What is interesting here is that the story really revolves around Barabbas' fight to understand why he is free while someone whose name is starting to spread across his world was condemned in his place. He wants to know more. Was the man evil? Did he hurt people too? Why does everyone seem to know this man died while he Barabbas lived? Is Barabbas cursed? Remember Zorba the Greek? Quinn is an actor that shows his passions well. That was needed here.

Don't get me or the movie wrong. This is a great Sword & Sandal show. I always think of Spartacus when this movie comes up. Its the gladiatorial schools & thats where you find Jack Palance as the Top Dog gladiator. Who could play it better? I would go without supper to see him in that role. You should too. Not since 1954's The Silver Chalice has Palance got the chance to play a maniacal antagonist this crazy. Those two roles cemented him as my favorite insane character actor. These are the best Gladiatorial Arena scenes you'll find.

An interesting look at what was available to Rome to punish a criminal it had to let live. This is all well done & the movie should be on your to watch list. It is not historical. This is Hollywood. Its only a movie but its a great one. By the way, Horseback was the world land speed record during the period of this movie. The show won't have computer graphics & the scenes won't change 3 times in 10 seconds. If you need those things don't watch this one. As a tidbit Roy Mangano played Jesus Christ (uncredited).

A great Quinn & Palance epic of high emotion. 5 STARS!!
Another fine film from the past...  Dec 30, 2009
That will never be made in hollyweird this day without being reaped of anything worth merit. Passion!

Romance (both adventure and love)!


and most of all... A friggin PLOT!

Buy it if you love Hollywood before it became hollyweird.
Underviewed Epic  May 20, 2009
Anthony Quinn is interesting to watch at any time. His roles are as diverse as the world, and as great as his performances as Zapata's brother, Zorba the Greek, or Barabbas the thief who was spared by the mob when Jesus was crucified.

Barabbas is a literate epic based upon a novel by Par Lagerkvist (Nobel prize winner for Literature). Its hero struggles with real issues. It is a searching lifetime self-examination by a man obsessed by guilt and a need he hardly understands. What has happened to him? A fluke, a rare stroke of fortune, and then, questions flood in, unbidden thoughts, a terrifying rush of new ideas and deep change.

Well worth a look. No CGI here, Ridley Scott it's not, it's the real deal. Stay with it, listen, be amazed, be really amazed.
Barabbas  Aug 29, 2008
The only thing I really want to know before purchasing a movis is the rating. I want NO R-rated movies in my home. This movie was suitable.

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