Apparently, this movie was noted at the time of its release for being the first biblical epic film to prominently feature adherents of the “Method” school of acting. For this reason, it was referred to in some circles as Suddenly, Last Supper. Man, that’s good! I wish I’d said it. Oh… I guess I just did!
P.S. The reference above might be a little obscure for my non-theatrically inclined friends. It’s a pun on the Tennessee Williams play, Suddenly, Last Summer, an intense psychological drama made into a film a few years earlier.