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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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Peter: Who's there?
James the Younger: [behind the door] Me.
Peter: [angrily opening the door] What's wrong with you? When I ask "Who's there", why do you answer "Me"?
James the Younger: It WAS me, Peter.


Caiaphas: Jesus of Nazareth, your crimes are so many I scarcely know where to begin.


Bar Amand: The Messiah has come! A man was dead but now he lives!
Uriah: I was crippled, and now I walk!
Old Aram: I was blind, and now I see!
Soldier: Who has done this?
Old Aram: The man called Jesus!


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Telly Savalas shaved his head bald for his role as Pontius Pilate. He kept his head shaved for the rest of his life.
Martin Landau has said in interviews that half of his part was deleted in the editing stage.
While between his films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, David Lean directed some interior scenes with Claude Rains and José Ferrer as a favor for George Stevens, who was bogged down with the production in Nevada. Jean Negulesco, meanwhile, directed the Nativity scene.
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