Box art for King Of Kings (1961)

King Of Kings (1961)


The powerful story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style. Stars Rip Torn as Judas and Robert Ryan as John the Baptist with Jeffrey Hunter as Christ.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Jeffrey Hunter is less Saviour of the Christian faith and more anti-hero with many very human doubts and concerns.

- David Parkinson, Empire Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A sweeping and at times stirring biblical epic.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This picture, basically, it is a retelling of the story of Jesus. "King Of Kings" pretty much says it all and the director Nicolas Ray does a good job staying true to the life of the Son Of God. The cinematography is great, nice locations, thousands of extras, epic. Orson Welles provides the voice narration and covers the aspects of the story. Jefferey Hunter plays as Jesus and I couldn't help but notice the closeups of his blue eyes when he heals a blind man. Hunter doesn't over play the part and looks charismatic and confident as the Messiah. The film plays like theater since the characters talk and move like theater actors would. The vast, large epic scale is more important to the picture then the life of Jesus itself but overall this is a movie I'd recommend to athiests.

- thirdway821, Thursday, January 3, 2013