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Turner Classic Movies showing "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "Ben-Hur," "The Robe," more for Easter

by Brandy McDonnell Published: March 31, 2013
Charlton Heston in "Ben-Hur"
Charlton Heston in "Ben-Hur"

Happy Easter! Turner Classic Movies has an excellent lineup of classic Easter films planned for today:

6:30 a.m.: “Ben-Hur” (1959)

While seeking revenge, a rebellious Israelite prince (Charlton Heston) crosses paths with Jesus Christ. (222 minutes)

10:14 a.m.: “Ben-Hur: Behind The Scenes With Glenn H. Randall & Yakima Canutt” (1959)

Behind the scenes promotional short for Ben-Hur, with Glen Randall, horse trainer, and Yakima Canutt, second unit director, who worked together to film the legendary chariot race from the movie. (7 minutes)

10:30 a.m.: “King of Kings” (1961)

Epic retelling of Christ’s (Jeffrey Hunter) life and the effects of his teachings on those around him. (160 minutes)

1:17 p.m.: “King Of The Duplicators” (1968)

This MGM short film highlights the work of master make-up artist William Tuttle. (12 minutes)

1:30 p.m.: “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965)

All-star epic retelling of Christ’s (Max von Sydow) life. (199 minutes)

5 p.m.: “Easter Parade” (1948)

When his partner leaves him, a vaudeville star (Fred Astaire) trains an untried performer (Judy Garland) to take her place, finding love in the process. (103 minutes)

7 p.m.: “The Robe” (1953)

Biblical epic in which the Roman military tribune (Richard Burton) who commands the unit that crucified Jesus Christ, tries to learn about the man he killed. (134 minutes)

9:19 p.m.: “Visiting Italy” (1951)

A moving postcard of Italy showing Rome, Assisi, Pisa and Florence, which highlights several of the most famous pieces of the country’s impressive architecture. (7 minutes)

9:30 p.m.: “Demetrius and the Gladiators” (1954)

The follow-up to “The Robe” follows a Greek slave (Victor Mature) who keeps Christ’s robe after the crucifixion is sentenced to be one Caligula’s gladiators. (101 minutes)

11:15 p.m.: “The King of Kings” (1927)

In this silent film, Cecil B. DeMille directs an epic retelling of the life of Christ. (157 minutes)


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by Brandy McDonnell
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Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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