Barabbas (1961)

This epic from the Bible tells the story the of murderer and thief Barabbas (Anthony Quinn), who hung around Calvary Hill when Jesus took his place on the cross. He searches for spiritual faith as he hears more about the followers of Jesus… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 23, 1961
DVD 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 Pr Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence.

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.