Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into to pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place.
A religious melodrama that hasn’t aged well, being preachy to a fault. This was one of epics I enjoyed as a child and I guess that was the target demographic because it just doesn’t make it now that I've grown up.
A Biblical movie that follows the exploits of a really minor figure starting with his being spared from crucifixion and following his life from there on. As such, it can't help feeling like Rosecrantz & Guildenstern meet the Christ. As a Dino De Laurentiis production, the film seems more interested in doing a large scale Roman epic and shoehorning in the religion where they can find a little time. That approach really works ... this one of the most sheerly enjoyable Biblical epics I've ever seen. Quinn is great in the lead, but it's Jack Palance who just outright steals the show in the last half hour.