King of Kings He was born during a time of political upheaval, in humble surroundings, of simple parents, yet he was destined to change the world. The Messiah. The King of kings. The Son of God, a prophecy fulfilled. This beloved and critically-acclaimed 1961 classic starring Jeffrey Hunter, begins in 63 BC, when the Romans, in a bloody rebellion, conquer Judea, and the Jews suffer merciless persecutions at the hands of King Herod. It is an era of terror, fear and utter despair, except for the hope of the coming of the promised Savior. In these tumultuous times the young Mary, heavy with child having consented to God’s will, and her carpenter husband, Joseph, travel to Bethlehem to be counted in the census. While the land is in upheaval, a holy scene emerges in a stable, as Mary brings the baby called Jesus into the world. The film follows the life of Jesus, His miracles and teachings, His confrontations, and in an especially vivid and memorable scene, His time in the desert enduring the temptations of Satan. We are swept up in the story as we live through His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, His subsequent Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. This outstanding, timeless film is as relevant today as it was when first released. While an entertaining and engaging dramatization, the movie also offers examples through Jesus’s actions and words, on how one can cope with the world at present. This production has earned the Dove.org seal of approval for viewers of all ages.