King of Kings (1961)

160m, 17,232 feet
70mm film, Super Technirama, Technicolor
Westrex Recording System, English

An American religious fantasy film directed by Nicholas Ray and Charles Walters.

Plot Summary

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* = uncredited

Directed by: Nicholas Ray, Charles Walters
© MCMLXI [1961] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. and Samuel Bronston Productions, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Samuel Bronston's production
Produced by: Samuel Bronston
Associate Producers: Alan Brown, Jaime Prades
Screen Play by: Philip Yordan
Narration Writer: Ray Bradbury *
Directors of Photography: Franz F. Planer, Milton Krasner, Manuel Berenguer
Film Editor: Harold F. Kress
Music by: Miklos Rozsa
Recording Supervisor: Franklin Milton
Sound Recordist: Basil Fenton Smith
Costumes Designed by: Georges Wakhevitch
Make-up Created by: Mario Van Riel, Charles Parker
Hair Styles by: Anna Cristofani
Special Effects: Alex C. Weldon
Special Photographic Effects: Lee LeBlanc
Sets Designed by: Georges Wakhevitch

Jeffrey Hunter (Jesus Christ)
Siobhan Mckenna (Mary, mother of Jesus)
Hurd Hatfield (Pontius Pilate)
Ron Randell (Lucius)
Viveca Lindfors (Claudia)
Rita Gam (Herodias)
Carmen Sevilla (Mary Magdalene)
Brigid Bazlen (Salome)
Harry Guardino (Barabbas)
Rip Torn (Judas)
Frank Thring (Herod Antipas)
Guy Rolfe (Caiphas)
Royal Dano (Peter)
Robert Ryan (John the Baptist)
Edric Connor (Balthazar)
Maurice Marsac (Nicodemus)
Gregoire Aslan (Herod)
George Coulouris (camel driver)
Conrado San Martin (General Pompey)
Gerard Tichy (Joseph)



  • Annunciation vol.6 no.12 (December 1961) p.15
  • Cahiers du Cinéma vol.22 no.129 (March 1962) p.57
  • CineAction! no.76 (2009) pp.42-49 – article (Nicholas Ray's King of Kings by Tony Williams)
  • Cinema vol.1 no.1 (1963) pp.37-39 – article
  • Film Ideal no.89 (1 February 1962 p.85
  • Film Score Monthly vol.9 no.3 (March 2004) pp.18-24,48 – article (For Christ's sake: a brief history of music for Jesus movies by Kyle Renick)
  • Filmkritik no.2 (February 1962 p.87
  • Films and Filming vol.7 no.2 November 1960 p.14
  • Films in Review vol.12 no.9 November 1961 p.545
  • Kine Weekly no.2824 16 November 1961 p.19
  • Metro no.144 (2005) pp.58-64 – article (Size doesn't matter: Big stupid films by Brian McFarlane)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.29 no.336 January 1962 p.7 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion no.3 Spring 1962 p.Spring 23
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.225 no.3 18 October 1961 p.12
  • Movie no.1 June 1962) pp.29-30 – credits, article (King of Kings by V.F. Perkins)
  • Movie no.9 May 1963 p.23 – interview with Nicholas Ray
  • Movietone News no.60-61 5 February 1979) pp.51-52
  • Music from the Movies no.34 (July/August 2002) p.63 – soundtrack review (Film music review by Peter Lane)
  • Nuevo Cine vol.2 no.7 August 1962 p.9
  • Radio Times vol.265 no.3460 (7 April 1990) p.19 – review (by Barry Norman)
  • Script no.3 February 1962 p.45
  • The Daily Cinema no.8307 18 May 1960 p.8
  • The Daily Cinema no.8536 15 November 1961 p.8
  • The Film Daily vol.119 no.70 11 October 1961 p.8
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.159 no.30 1 April 1960 p.4
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.167 no.16 11 October 1961 p.3
  • Variety 11 October 1961 p.6


  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.243