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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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John the Baptist: REPENT!


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


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.


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Max von Sydow said that the hardest part about playing Christ was the expectations people had of him to remain in character at all times. He couldn't smoke between takes, have a drink after work, or be affectionate with his wife on the set.
George Stevens originally wanted Richard Burton to play Jesus.
Alec Guinness was sought for a cameo.
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