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The Big Fisherman (1959)

Approved | | Drama, History | 4 August 1959 (USA)
Exploring the life of Peter, from being a successful fisherman to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ and being dependent on Jesus Christ.

Director:

Frank Borzage
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Keel ... Simon Peter
Susan Kohner ... Princess Fara
John Saxon ... Prince Voldi
Martha Hyer ... Herodias
Herbert Lom ... Herod Antipas
Ray Stricklyn ... Deran
Marian Seldes ... Arnon
Alexander Scourby ... David Ben-Zadok
Beulah Bondi ... Hannah
Jay Barney Jay Barney ... John the Baptist
Charlotte Fletcher Charlotte Fletcher ... Rennah
Mark Dana Mark Dana ... King Zendi
Rhodes Reason ... Andrew
Henry Brandon ... Menicus
Brian G. Hutton ... John (as Brian Hutton)
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Storyline

Exploring the life of Peter, from being a successful fisherman to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ and being dependent on Jesus Christ.

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Taglines:

The Story of Simon Peter of Galilee

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Drama | History

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pescador de Galilea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Walt Disney originally rejected the filming of the novel, due to his distaste for religious films. His brother Roy backed the production, releasing it using the studio's Buena Vista arm. See more »

Quotes

Deran: Lash him!
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Follows Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) See more »

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Can't wait for the DVD!
25 February 2003 | by benoit-3See all my reviews

I saw The Big Fisherman at 9 years of age when it first came out. I was very impressed with this, the only other film in history to use the Camera 65 process used for Ben-Hur the year before. I remember the general feeling being that despite its grandeur this film was a minor achievement compared to other biblical blockbusters of the era (Spartacus, King of Kings, The Robe, Ben Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The fall of the Roman Empire, etc.). Just the same, the majesty of the proceedings, the music, the colour cinematography, the dazzling sets of Old Jerusalem but, most of all, the wickedness and darkness of the subplot involving the evil Herod family and culminating in Salome's dance left an indelible impression which I can't wait to renew if and when this film (unavailable in any medium)comes out on DVD.


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