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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by David Lean and Jean Negulesco and produced by George Stevens, George Stevens Jr., Frank I. Davis and Antonio Vellani.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Richard Day, William Creber, David Hall; Set Decoration: Ray Moyer, Fred MacLean, Nominated
Best CinematographyWilliam C. Mellor, Loyal GriggsNominated
Best Costume DesignVittorio Nino Novarese, Marjorie BestNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
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Jesus: Go now, and teach all nations. Make it your first care to love one another and to find the kingdom of God, and all things shall be yours without me asking. Do not fret then for tomorrow; leave tomorrow to fret over its own needs, for today... today's troubles are enough. And lo, I am with you always, even onto the end of the world...


The Centurion: Truly, this man was the son of God.


John the Baptist: Are you going to free me?
Herod Antipas: I am going to kill you.
John the Baptist: Then you free me!
Herod Antipas: [walking away] I hope so.


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George Stevens originally wanted Richard Burton to play Jesus.
Being a perfectionist, George Stevens did many takes of John Wayne's single line, "Truly, this man was the son of God." A rumor has long persisted that at one stage Stevens pleaded with Wayne to show more emotion, an overwhelming sense of awe. During the next take, Wayne changed the line to, "Aw, truly this man was the son of God."
Director George Stevens originally hired 550 Navajos from a local reservation to be Roman legionnaires, but they couldn't stay on the set for very long and eventually went back home to participate in a tribal election. Stevens replaced them with ROTC cadets.
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