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Plot: Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into to pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his… Runtime: 137 min Release Date: 23 Dec 1961
An Intelligent, Sane, Thoughtful, Moving Film: Mel Gibson Had Nothing To Do With It (by tonstant viewer)
This is a first-class, reverent film that doesn't fall into Hallmark-card empty kitsch on one hand, or Mel Gibson's sado-masochistic porn on the other. This movie does not insult the subject-matter or the audience, and that's rarer than we might like. Special credit goes to Aldo Tonti's Rembrandt lighting, consistently a joy. Mario Nascimbene's musical score rises above his usual brutality to real eloquence. The acting is without weakness, Quinn, Borgnine, Jurado and Andrews putting aside their sometimes numbing predictability for this special occasion. Richard <more>
Fleischer's direction is punchy without being vulgar, serious but not ponderous.There are some awful religious films out there. This is thankfully not one of them. It's definitely worth the viewing for Christians and non-Christians alike.
The struggle in our hearts between good and evil, the ways of man in general, various historical elements, the values of christianity, all these given in a truly beautiful movie. Anthony Quinn shows once more that one must born to be an actor of his magnitude. The other actors are very convincing, the scenery is great and so is the sound track. There is also enough food for thought in this film because of its nature, and it can create intense emotions. SPLENDID
Poetic, and inspirational (by kinetica)
What epics of olde they once did weave to nearly return this wretch to again believe;From freedom, to searching From Sulphur mines to inner mind;A stirring rendition, To rival Perdition!A crafty man who deftly craft this work of ancient draft!From confounded release at mankinds loss To redemption for the simple loss of a man.From a modern legacy of Barabbas's fate To the forlorn movie that lifts my spirit in times of Woe. Excelsior!
Among the best of all Biblical epics (by MOscarbradley)
Richard Fleischer was a good jobbing director but there were occasions when he seemed inspired. "The Vikings" is one of the great genre movies and "The Boston Strangler" is one of the best police procedural films ever made. This is very much in the same class and has much to commend it. It's biggest drawback is that the early scenes never quite shake off the enforced piety that engulfed Hollywood movies that centered on Christ. Is it any wonder that Monty Python lampooned such movies in their "Life of Brian"? On the other hand, coming as it does from a novel <more>
by Nobel prize-winning author Par Lagerkvist and scripted as it is by Christopher Fry, the film is more intellectually challenging than we have any right to expect, for example Barabbas has a discussion with Lazarus on what it was like to have died and then to be raised from the dead , while at the same time not skimping on the spectacle, the gladiatorial scenes are superb .It begins with the freeing of Barabbas in the place of Jesus, then follows him on his own journey of redemption as he realizes that it was through Christ's death that he came to live. It's a theme, of course, as old as the Bible itself and as religious movies go it's a bit simplistic but it does work on a primitive, intellectually jarring level and it doesn't thrust it's religiosity down our throats. Barabbas' journey of discovery is long, slow and painfully questioning and is consequently quite moving.No one in the large, international cast gets to rise above being a Biblical or gladiatorial cliché with the exception of Anthony Quinn in the title role. He is excellent and had yet to give way to the bombast of Zorba the Greek. Still, neither Quinn's performance nor the film have ever been given their due. Perhaps a movie about the man who lived so that Christ might die proved unpalatable. Nevertheless, it is certainly worth rediscovering.
I do not have the words to describe what i felt when i saw this movie. It is a masterpiece, and it is made in a way that nowadays at Holyywood they do not make the movies anymore.I mean they do all this, with a lot of soul, and the players really know what they are doing.And, of course they know because it is about an Anthony Quinn that is spectacular, also a Jack Palance that could not be chooses better in the role of that cruel killer.I am not very much of a specialist in commenting movies, but i tell what i feel about what i saw.Important is what you remain with, at the end of seeing a <more>
movie, what you grasp out of the things that you see, and at the end of this movie, the feeling is that thee is nothing hard for Lord to accomplish.Barabas, the villain, is changed. If he is changed by the power of God, that means that everything is possible to God.And, yes, we are in His loving hands, no matter what the direction in which the world is heading to.
One of the best Biblical movies I've seen... (by dwpollar)
1st watched 2/6/2009 - 9 out of 10 Dir-Richard Fleischer : One of the best Biblical movies I've seen even though it's based on a very small character in the actual text. The only thing mentioned about Barabbas in the Bible is that he is let go instead of Jesus by the Jews during their holiday and Pontius Pilate went on to kill Jesus on the cross. This movie follows the story after Barabbas was released and the path he goes down after being haunted by this incident. Instead of being grateful, he thinks that he is "something special" and initially just returns to his normal <more>
life of crime. He then is picked up again for a crime of murder and thievery and sentenced to the salt mines for a long period of time. Anthony Quinn is excellent as the anti-hero who then meets a Christian in the mines and doesn't warm up to him initially, but eventually then saves him from a mine incident and watches him killed for his beliefs. This makes him think a little more seriously about this Jesus character. Quinn is excellent even when he doesn't speak because you can see from his face what he's thinking and feeling. The rest of the cast is capable except for a slightly hammy performance by Jack Palance as a prideful gladiator. The core of the movie is watching Barabbas react to all the episodes in his life and his slow recovery from his dark side. Again, this is an excellent movie that really tells the story of how Jesus affected people even after he was killed.
An intelligently subversive Biblical epic: SUBTEXT, people! (by bonzerdad)
I'll leave the plot summary to the others who've done it well, so far. But a plot summary doesn't begin to show how this one differs from the other Biblical epics of it's time. The difference lies in a script that wonderfully reflects the double-edged attitudes of Par Lagerkvist's powerfully brilliant short philosophical novel. Unimaginitive believers can see what the plot summaries indicate. But underneath it all, the adapter-screenwriter Christopher Fry, and the director, Richard Fleischer, manage to successfully walk an ironic tightrope , in which the <more>
"too-good" Christians and the ordinary sinful Barabbas are constantly contrasted during conversations long and short. Barabbas thinks Christianity all bosh, the world is not what Christians believe it is, but then why can't he die or be killed? As the King of Siam would say, the fact does make a puzzlement.I must apologize for the following spoiler, but how anybody who is thinking at all can blithely assume that Barabbas is beyond doubt "saved" into the fold of the blessed is way beyond me. Even as a kid in the days of BARABBAS's first release I knew that something unusual was going on as soon as I heard Barabbas" final words from the cross: "Darkness...I give myself up to your keeping... It is Barabbas." I haven't left anything out; the dots just indicate pauses in Quinn's delivery. Prior to this line Barabbas has complained that he can't tell whether it is night or day and asks what time it is and remembers that it was at the sixth hour that.... I love this film as wonderful dramatic exploration of the modern dilemma of faith. I expect I'm biased in loving it because it helped develop my abiding interest in philosophy; But I don't think that that bias has pushed me into a mistake when I call BARABBAS one of the most thoughtful and intelligent movies of its time, in spite of its being a sword and sandal epic.
Well done fantasy based on a novel (by marcin_kukuczka)
This film is not purely a Hollywood production since this was made in cooperation with the Italian producers. Nevertheless, it can be categorized to all classical movies, like CLEOPATRA, QUO VADIS, BEN HUR, or SPARTACUS. What is there that makes this film so similar?It is a fantasy faithful to history. These two worlds, the historical and the fictitious one, integrate together. The story of Barabbas is strongly linked to the times of the 1st century, the beginnings of the Christian faith and the cruel reign of Caesars, esp. Nero. Par Lagerkvist, the author of the novel BARABBAS, which got the <more>
Noble Prize in 1951, showed Barabbas as someone who does not believe, but the light of Christ is present in his soul from the moment he was set free and Jesus sentenced to be crucified. The spiritual content of the movie cannot be skipped. Barabbas experiences the struggle within his heart, though he mocks Nazarenes in the beginning. "Love one another" somehow unconsciously rings in his mind from the moment of Christ's death the imagery of Jesus's crucifixion is one of the most powerful I have ever seen on screen . This is showed beautifully and faithfully to the book by Richard Fleischer in the movie.Another aspect that makes the film similar to great, classical productions are the monumental scenes, particularly the arena moments. Lions, gladiators fighting on arena remind me of SPARTACUS 1960 , THE SIGN OF THE CROSS 1932 or DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 1954 . Barabbas also fights as a gladiator with the bravest man of Rome, Torvald Jack Palance , and wins...And the cast... Great Anthony Quinn as Barabbas is very memorable. He beautifully presents his change of heart from a bad guy to the Christian. Silvana Mangano also does a good job as Rachel whose meeting with Christ changed her life forever; Vittorio Gassman gives a memorable performance as a Christian, Sahak, whose sole aim in life is following his Master to martyrdom; and Jack Palance is absolutely gorgeous as a cruel, "unconquered" Torvald.I like this movie. It is a profound film, with a wonderful message. Even if you are not much aware of Christ, He is within you. The story of Barabbas, if true or not, also proves the fact that everything in our lives has a MEANING! NOTHING IS MEANINGLESS! Good movie! 8/10
This is a captivating but fictionalized story about what may have happened in the aftermath of the hardened criminal Barabbas being released to freedom in place of Jesus Christ, who was the one chosen by the people to be crucified in his place. As the thieving and murderous Barabbas, Anthony Quinn is perfectly cast for the part.Barabbas becomes a free man only temporarily, as it's not long before his old ways get him imprisoned again, landing him twenty years hard labor in the deadly sulphur mines. He is consistently tormented by repressed guilt and confusion for being freed in the place <more>
of Jesus and when he meets up with a Christian prisoner at a time where it's considered blasphemous to hold such beliefs, Barabbas begins to tread on the path of acceptance of his part in history and his discovery of Christianity. Along his journey to self-realization, Barabbas becomes a gladiator who must come face to face with the most sadistic warrior of all, the dreaded Torvald a deliciously sinister performance by Jack Palance as they confront each other in the arena in a life-and-death duel.My favorite sequence in the film is one which rarely gets mentioned. It involves a former love of Barabbas, a woman named Rachel Silvana Mangano who had begun to follow Jesus during the period where Barabbas was incarcerated. She is now a holy disciple and prophet for Christ, and when the citizens catch her spreading his word, they call for her to be stoned to death. Rachel's brave plight as she is lead down into a great pit and sits solemnly still as hundreds of sinners hurl their rocks at her face from above, is a truly powerful scene. Her faith carries her through the horrifying ordeal, and she reaches confidently out for the hand of Christ, oblivious amidst the flying stones. Just a beautiful moment. *** out of ****