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He Who Must Die

He Who Must Die(1957)

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Brief Synopsis

Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. The leading citizens of the town, under the auspices of the Patriarch, choose those that will play the parts in the Passion. A stuttering shepherd is chosen to play Jesus. The town butcher (who wanted to be Jesus) is chosen as Judas. The town prostitute is chosen as Mary Magdalene. The rest of the disciples are also chosen. As the movie unfolds, the Passion Play becomes a reality. A group of villagers, uprooted by the war and impoverished, arrive at the village led by their priest. The wealthier citizens of the town want nothing with these people and manipulate a massacre. In the context of the 1920's each of the characters plays out their biblical role in actuality.

Cast & Crew

Jules Dassin Director
Pierre Vaneck Manolios
Fernand Ledoux Pope Grigoris
Maurice Ronet Michelis
Roger Hanin Pannayotaros
Gert Froebe Patriarcheas
Teddy Bilis Hadji Nikolis
Rene Lefevre Yannakos
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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info: 
Release Date:  1957 Production Date: 
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co: 
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Theatrical Distributor, Seven Films .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor
Duration(mins):  Country:  France (FR)
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  • A Jules Dassin Masterpiece

    David Greene 2014-05-23

    It was my good fortune to see the movie "He Who Must Die" in a theatrical screening in the late 50s. It made such a powerful impression on me... MORE>

  • The movie "He Who Must Die"

    Eli Takesian 2009-07-25

    Most religious movies I've seen are pabulum. One exception is "He Who Must Die," THE finest religious movie ever, I believe. It was... MORE>