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Movie Review: Barabbas

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DVD

Color / 134 Min.

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Barabbas: Columbia Pictures presents a Dino De Laurentiis Production.  

Starring: Anthony Quinn as Barabbas.  And Co-starring in Order of Appearance: Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado, Harry Andrews, Vittorio Gassman, Jack Palance, Ernest Borgnine.  

Based on the Novel by Nobel Prize winner: Par Lagerkvist.

Screenplay by Christopher Fry.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Directed by Richard Fleischer.

1961 Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica, S.p.A.  All Rights Reserved. __________

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Anthony Quinn, Jack Palance, Ernest Borgnine

        Photo: Jack Palance in the Movie: "Barabbas."        Barabbas: Thief and Murderer

This is the fictionalized story of Barabbas based on a fascinating passage in the New Testament: when Pontius Pilate asks the people of Jerusalem whom they want freed--Jesus of Nazareth or Barabbas (Anthony Quinn), a thief and murderer--the

Photo: Crucifixion of Christ.

 people cry out for Barabbas.  And though he is set free, the event is one that haunts Barabbas for the rest of his life.  After watching his former lover, Rachel, being stoned to death for her belief in Jesus, Barabbas returns to his life of thievery.

Barabbas: Prisoner and Gladiator

Arrested again, he is sent to the sulphur mines and then to a gladiator school where he witnesses yet another friend give his life in the name of the Nazarene.  It is only at the end, when Barabbas himself faces crucifixion, that he discovers his faith.

(-from the Video's Back Cover)

Photo: Anthony Quinn as Barabbas. ____________________________

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Our Comments:

The name Barabbas (Greek version of the Aramaic "Bar Abba") means: "the son of the father."  He was freed, and the true "Son of the Father" was crucified.  

This fictional account of the real-life Barabbas, who was released by Pilate instead of Christ, brings to life the time of Christ, and causes us to think more deeply on the truth that Jesus died in our place.  Barabbas (Anthony Quinn) is forced to consider this fact, whether he wants to or not, because it is even more true in his own case. 

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