The Big Fisherman (1959)


Simon Peter, a disciple of Jesus, attempts to live according to the guidance of the Messiah. Peter takes in a runaway fugitive he assumes to be a boy but who turns out to be a half-Arab princess named Fara. Fara wants to take revenge against her father, King Herod, for his humiliation of her mother. However, when she is joined by a suitor, Prince Voldi they both feel the influence of Peter’s teachings about the word of Christ.

Director: Frank Borzage.
Stars: Howard Keel, Susan Kohner, John Saxon, Martha Hyer, Herbert Lom, Ray Stricklyn, Marian Seldes, Alexander Scourby, Belulah Bondi, Jay Barney, Charlotte Fletcher, Mark Dana, Rhodes Reason, Henry Brandon, Brian G. Hutton, Tom Troupe, Marianne Stewart, Jonathan Harris, Leonard Mudie, James Griffith.

1960 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography, Color (Lee Garmes).
1960 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Set Decoration, Color (John DeCuir/Julia Heron).
1960 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Cosume Design, Color (Renié).


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  1. Sky
    July 20, 2019

    Very nice copy! The other one I found is truncated and from a bad VHS. Unfortunately, the movie isn’t great. It’s okay. But as I love Borzage, I had to watch it 🙂

  2. Jonathon
    July 21, 2019

    Hi Jon,
    I bought this from Loving the Classics. It was the only way to get hold of it at the nearly 3-hour length you’ve posted here. But the picture quality was very, very poor. Your version here is much better. There’s a 2-hour version out there with decent picture, but obviously this longer one is to be preferred. This is a great upload! Thanks so much!

    • Jon W.
      July 21, 2019

      Hi Jonathon.
      You’re very welcome, you’ll be better avoiding that site, their stuff is usually of very poor quality and their prices are not cheap at all considering they are bootlegs and not official releases.
      This is a pretty good quality copy although it’s Pan & Scan and not Panavision as it was originally filmed, I don’t think that version has ever been aired on TV so I guess this is the only way to see it now unless if there’s a Bluray release in the future maybe we’ll be able to see it the way it should be seen.


  3. Michael
    February 12, 2020

    Many thanks for this rare film

  4. November 28, 2022

    At Easter, 1978, Hallmark presented the Big Fisherman on T.V. I saw it in my local theater in 1959 but I dont think it was in the original Tecnirama .I taped the Hallmark presentation but it was pan & scan and did not have the scope and sound of the theatrical version.

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