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Still shot from the movie: The Greatest Story Ever Told.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

One of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken; The Greatest Story Ever Told is George Stevens' attempt to bring the New Testament to the silver screen. The accuracy of his interpretation of the life of Christ will always be subject to the eye of the beholder, but his reverence for the subject should be obvious to all. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 199
Theater Release: 01 May 2009
Video Release: 09 Apr 1965
MPAA Rating: G
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Overall: B
A beautifully shot, epic picture that may or may not capture your understanding of the life and personality of Jesus Christ. Depictions of violence are sobering, but not gratuitous.

Violence: C+
King decrees death of infants. Guards with spears and drawn swords charge villagers. Several scenes show dead bodies strewn on ground. Mobsters yell protests. Soldiers rough handle prisoners. Men in chains. Many depictions of crucifixions. Beggars mistreated. Slaves branded, whipped and beaten with fists. Woman forcefully pushed into building. Animals killed for sacrifice. Men exchange verbal threats. Governor orders execution. Man struggles to resist arrest. Two instances when Soldier strikes a man in the face with his hand. Man chained in prison. Man holds sword to another mans throat. Woman accused of adultery dragged from tent and knocked to ground. Crowd threatens to stone woman. Man in executioner mask with sword leads away a prisoner. Sound of ax falling is heard. Nude Roman statues shown in background. Man throws a stone and hits another. Jesus knocks over tables, frees animals and threatens merchants with whip. Soldiers with swords advance on mob. Man accepts bribe. Man draws sword for protection. Mob demands Jesus be crucified. A sentence for whipping is given but not depicted. Blood shown on hand, face and clothes. Nail placed on palm, hammer is raised, and sound of it pounding id heard. Man throws himself in fire. Wounded hands shown.

Sexual Content: B+
Two female characters behave seductively, one dances. Other dancing women shown in silhouette.

Language: A
Terms of Deity are used as proper nouns.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B+
Wine drunk at last supper. Men at gathering portrayed as drinking or inebriated.

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