This is the fictional story of Barabbas based on a fascinating passage in the New Testament, when Pontius Pilate asks the people of Jerusalem whom they want freed Jesus of Nazareth or Barabbas, a thief and murderer.
The people ask for Barabbas, and though he is set free, the event haunts Barabbas for the rest of his life. After watching his former lover, Rachel, being stoned to death for her belief in Jesus, Barabbas (Anthony Quinn), returns to his life of thievery.
Arrested again, he is sent to the sulfur mines and then to a gladiator school where he witnesses yet another friend giving his life in the name of the Nazarene. It is only at the end, when Barabbas himself faces crucifixion, that he discovers his faith.
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