Barabbas

1961

Action / Adventure / Biography / Drama / History

12
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 66%
IMDb Rating 7 10 4726

Synopsis


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Cast

Ernest Borgnine as Lucius
Sharon Tate as Patrician in Arena
Anthony Quinn as Barabbas
Jack Palance as Torvald
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991.68 MB
1280*544
English
NR
23.976 fps
2hr 17 min
P/S 4 / 7
2.07 GB
1920*816
English
NR
23.976 fps
2hr 17 min
P/S 0 / 8

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bonzerdad 8 / 10

An intelligently subversive Biblical epic: SUBTEXT, people!

I'll leave the plot summary to the others who've done it well, so far. But a plot summary doesn't begin to show how this one differs from the other Biblical epics of it's time. The difference lies in a script that wonderfully reflects the double-edged attitudes of Par Lagerkvist's powerfully brilliant short philosophical novel. Unimaginitive believers can see what the plot summaries indicate. But underneath it all, the adapter-screenwriter Christopher Fry, and the director, Richard Fleischer, manage to successfully walk an ironic tightrope , in which the "too-good" Christians and the ordinary sinful Barabbas are constantly contrasted during conversations long and short. Barabbas thinks Christianity all bosh, the world is not what Christians believe it is, but then why can't he die or be killed? As the King of Siam would say, the fact does make a puzzlement.

I must apologize for the following spoiler, but how anybody who is thinking at all can blithely assume that Barabbas is beyond doubt "saved" into the fold of the blessed is way beyond me. Even as a kid in the days of BARABBAS's first release I knew that something unusual was going on as soon as I heard Barabbas" final words from the cross: "Darkness...I give myself up to your keeping... It is Barabbas." I haven't left anything out; the dots just indicate pauses in Quinn's delivery. Prior to this line Barabbas has complained that he can't tell whether it is night or day and asks what time it is and remembers that it was at the sixth hour that....

I love this film as wonderful dramatic exploration of the modern dilemma of faith. I expect I'm biased in loving it because it helped develop my abiding interest in philosophy; But I don't think that that bias has pushed me into a mistake when I call BARABBAS one of the most thoughtful and intelligent movies of its time, in spite of its being a sword and sandal epic.

Reviewed by Filipe Neto 5 / 10

Anthony Quinn's performance is reason enough to watch it

This film is perhaps one of the least known of Hollywood's extensive list of biblical background epics. After leaving the theaters, it was being forgotten due to the little interest of the television channels. I think this lack of interest is due to three factors: the lack of a star cast (Anthony Quinn is the biggest name here), the focus on a secondary biblical character and the invention of a fictional storyline around him. Thus, the plot relates the life and walk of conversion of Barabbas, after having been liberated by acclamation of the Jews, in the events that preceded the crucifixion. Quinn is an excellent actor and manages to endow his character with enormous dramatic and psychological depth. Its worth watching it just for his performance. Vittorio Gassman is equally great thanks to his extraordinary work as Sahek, a convicted Christian who helps Barabbas to overcome his spiritual crisis. Okay, sets and costumes are a far cry from the quality and priceyness of "Quo Vadis" or "Ben Hur", but still satisfy and give the film a classic epic scent. The soundtrack is ordinary.

Reviewed by JLRVancouver 9 / 10

Excellent peri-Biblical epic

"Barabbas", based on the novel by the Nobel Prize winning author Pär Lagerkvist, follows the life of the thief who was spared by Pontius Pilate, rather than Jesus, at the bidding of the mob. The story begins with the events as told in the gospels, then follows Barabbas as he becomes a slave in the mines, then wins his freedom as a gladiator only to find death and redemption in the aftermath of the fire that destroyed Rome in 64 AD. The cinematography, including the famous eclipse scene during the crucifixion, is excellent. A common theme in the film is darkness (and its antithesis, light) and many scenes have very high contrast, with colours standing out against a black background, reminiscent of chiaroscuro paintings. Even scenes that are more evenly lighted, such as Barabbas' meeting with Lazarus, look like Renaissance paintings. All the spectacle expected in a Biblical epic is there and the stunt scenes during the fights in the arena are excellent. Anthony Quinn does not emote much in the film, but like the character he plays, seems to constantly searching both within and without. An excellent rendition of a great story.

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