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      The King of Kings

      Released Apr 19, 1927 1h 52m Holiday Drama List
      71% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 70% Audience Score 500+ Ratings After driving the sin out of Mary Magdalene (Jacqueline Logan) and raising Lazarus (Kenneth Thomson) from the dead, Jesus (H.B. Warner) enters into Jerusalem, where Judas (Joseph Schildkraut) conspires to have him turned over to the authorities. After the Last Supper, Jesus goes to Gethsemane, where he is taken prisoner, and thereafter tried under Pontius Pilate (Victor Varconi) and crucified. He is buried and, as foretold in scripture, resurrected three days later. Read More Read Less Watch on Max Stream Now

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      Charles Morgan New York Times As a work of art it is a complete failure, because it is anaemic and because it shows us a Christ who, though obviously a virtuous and mild man, is completely lacking in the fire and spiritual vigor that go to the making of the great leaders of mankind. Rated: 2/5 Feb 27, 2013 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Tremendous is The King of Kings -- tremendous in its lesson, in the daring of its picturization for a commercial theatre and tremendous in its biggest scene, the Crucifixion of Christ. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films In a genre that deserves the best artists can offer but is plagued by mediocrity, DeMille's flawed but powerful film remains one of Hollywood's most remarkable achievements. Rated: A Dec 7, 2004 Full Review H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) Close Up This King of Kings is beautiful. I am astonished at the acumen of the producer, of the director. The actor himself is some genius of rare order, H.B. Warner, quiet, tense, intense. Oct 29, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The recounting of the Gospels according to De Mille seems awkward, tedious and hokey. Rated: C Dec 24, 2007 Full Review Rob Humanick Projection Booth Sermons rarely make good films, this one being no different. Rated: C Nov 5, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Isaiah Y One of the best movies about the life of Jesus by one of the best directors, Cecil B. DeMille Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/11/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one part of Cecil B DeMille's biblical trilogy also including The Ten Commandments and The Sign of the Cross. It is a silent epic film, that received rave reviews. It was largely said to be DeMille's finest motion picture. It is a sincere and reverent visualization of the last three years in the life of Christ, produced on a scale of tasteful magnificence and finely acted. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member The best inspiring epic movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Touching and gorgeous. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the early great Biblical Epics that is not only a major production of the 1920's but this film's premier was the grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The story is entirely original just scenes directly sourced out of the bible, the significance lies in the visual spectacle that Cecile B DeMille often delivered. Thankfully due to DVD audiences can now access the 155 minute which is includes an opening & closing scene that is shot on early two tone technicolor. It's entertaining & melodramatic but definitely a little static in comparison to productions yet to come ie Passion of the Christ 2004 etc. An interesting film to watch & eye to the glory days of Biblical Epics on screen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful rendering of the story told in typical DeMille style. It's nice to see Warner as Christ, however I kept thinking of Mr. Gower in It's A Wonderful Life. As with most DeMille epics, a pair of scissors could have helped the overall telling of the tale. The version I saw ran 2.5 hours. The color scenes are eye-popping. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After driving the sin out of Mary Magdalene (Jacqueline Logan) and raising Lazarus (Kenneth Thomson) from the dead, Jesus (H.B. Warner) enters into Jerusalem, where Judas (Joseph Schildkraut) conspires to have him turned over to the authorities. After the Last Supper, Jesus goes to Gethsemane, where he is taken prisoner, and thereafter tried under Pontius Pilate (Victor Varconi) and crucified. He is buried and, as foretold in scripture, resurrected three days later.
      Director
      Cecil B. DeMille
      Producer
      Cecil B. DeMille
      Distributor
      Pathé Exchange Inc.
      Production Co
      DeMille Pictures Corporation
      Genre
      Holiday, Drama
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 19, 1927, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 15, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 52m
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