Barabbas (1961)

Adapted from the novel by Pär Lagerkvist, this film is a literate, well-mounted Biblical epic. Anthony Quinn stars as Barabbas, the thief who was pardoned in place of Jesus. Throughout his life, the guilt-ridden criminal tries to justify… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Problems of dubbing and pacing and a lack of scene-to-scene variety weigh the movie down, but Christopher Fry's pointed and intelligent free adaptation of Pär Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Lacking the Circus Maximus spectacle of its famous predecessor, Barabbas compensates with nuanced acting from Anthony Quinn

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Nick Pinkerton
Film Comment Magazine

Like Fleischer's oeuvre as a whole, it's ripe for reconsideration-the Greatest Story Ever Told has been Retold and Retold, but Barabbas brings it back from the dead.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An extremely underrated Biblical epic.

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Lucas Martins
Barabbas is a beautiful work of Fleischer and Quinn. One of the most exciting and terrific Biblical films. Fresh.