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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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The biggest war picture ever filmed in the Philippines, a savage, raw action-packed spectacle of men and woman in war, filmed with a cast and cost never attempted before a film for world release.

Director: Eddie Romero
Stars: John Saxon, Fernando Poe Jr., Bronwyn FitzSimons
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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:

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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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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

Herod Antipas: [to a would-be assassin] "I am sorry. The hospitality of my house will be brief."
[Guard draws dagger to kill assassin]
Herod Antipas: "We have guests. Out of sight."
[Guards and assassin exit frame followed immediately by an off-screen scream]
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Follows The Robe (1953) See more »

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This is one of my favorite movies John Saxon made.
1 May 2002 | by camibear7See all my reviews

I like the film the technicolor is bold, the scenery is so great. And the acting superb. I have it on tape and I watch it maybe twice a year. I saw it in the theater when it first came out. It made John Saxon one of my favorites. His smoldering good looks and the romance of his love for Fara make the story even more exciting. I liked the story line no one today wants to make an epic movie about the effects of Jesus on their lives. At the time this movie was made people enjoyed those types of movies and were not afraid to make them. I would recommend this movie to anyone. It has wonderful cast, and the story is quite believable. I have never gotten tired of watching it.


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