United Artists released The Greatest Story Ever Told to theaters on April 9, 1965. George Stevens and David Lean directed the film starring Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, and a very brief John Wayne.
The Greatest Story Ever Told Movie Summary
The Greatest Story Ever Told begins with the three wise men following a shining star from Asia to Jerusalem in search of a newborn king. King Herod the Great, whose advisers have informed him of a prophesied Messiah being born in nearby Bethlehem, he sends the Magi there to confirm the child’s birth He also secretly sends some guards to keep an eye out on what else transpires.
Once in Bethlehem, the Magi find Mary, Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus, in a manger. The Magi present the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn. The Magi watch the spying guards leave, and they advise Joseph to flee the town with his child.
The guards return to Herod, and inform him of Jesus’ birth. He orders them to kill every newborn boy in Bethlehem. Luckily for Joseph and Mary, they escaped to Egypt with Jesus before he could be killed. Herod dies at this time, and after a messenger tells Joseph and Mary the news, the return home to Nazareth.
Soon, a pro-Israel rebellion breaks out in Jerusalem. While Herod’s sons quickly put an end to the rebellion, Herod’s kingdom is now divided. A governor now oversees Judea, and Herod becomes the tetrarch of Galilee, and he and the Romans try to convince the people that the Messiah will never come.read the full summary
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