|USA, ITALY||1969||200 min||Drama|
This miniseries tells a story of redemption that begins where the Bible left off when the crowd before Pilate chooses Barabbas, a criminal, to have his sentence of crucifixion commuted, rather than the sentence of Jesus of Nazareth. In Lagerkvist's continuation of the story, the event changes Barabbas and sends him on a new path in life. Subsequently captured and sent to die in a slave camp, he eventually escapes and discovers that God has a plan for him.
The miniseries manages to be both thought-provoking and at times emotional, doing well at illustrating common skepticisms of Christianity while also showing Barabbas' own transformation.The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
The film has some very nice moments, but it also has its share of awkwardness, and the director, the television veteran Roger Young, can’t seem to get his multinational cast on the same page or find a consistent tone.The New York Times Full Review