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      The Bible...In The Beginning

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Movie Review

DVD

 Color / 171 Min. 

Close -Captioned

Not Rated ________

DVD: Playable in Region 1: U.S., Canada and U.S. Territories. 

Contains a language track for French.
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Twentieth Century Fox presents the Dino De Laurentiis Production

THE BIBLE...In the Beginning

The Cast... (in order of appearance):

 Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston, Stephen Boyd, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Sallis, Gabriele Ferzetti, Eleonora Rossi Drago.  Screenplay by Christopher Fry.  Produced by Dino DeLaurentiis. __________

1966 Dino DeLaurentiis Cinematografica, S.P.A.

Renewed 1994 Dino DeLaurentiis Cinematografica, S.P.A.  All Rights Reserved. __________

 

O Stars.  (Avoid.)

"4 Stars. A Masterpiece"

-New York Daily News Editorial

"An Awesomely Absorbing Film!"  -Life

The greatest stories of the Old Testament are brought to the screen with astounding scope and power in this international film which depicts the first 22 chapters of Genesis.  This is the spectacular story of man's creation, his fall, his survival, and his indomitable faith in the future.  Matching the epic scale of the production are performances by George C. Scott as Abraham, Ava Gardner as Sara, and Peter O'Toole as the haunting presence of the Angel of God.  The legendary John Huston directs and delivers a commanding performance as Noah.  From the film's opening amid cosmic chaos, to its lingering message of hope and salvation, The Bible stands as a monumental motion picture achievement.       

(-From the Video's Back Cover) _____________________________

Our Comments:

O Stars.  (Avoid.)

Not Recommended

It is our intention that this Film never again be shown in our monastery.  This movie is not one of our favorites.  The beginning Creation and Adam and Eve sequence is interminable (we feel this film is about an entire half an hour too long).  The Noah's Ark section is done humorously (which some might not mind, but we just didn't care for this), and there are at least two other scenes in the movie that we think should be cut out completely.  

In all fairness, George C. Scott (Abraham) is a very good actor, and Peter 0'Toole's performance as one of the Angels who visit Lot in Sodom is both masterful and extremely memorable.

But...if you want to see or own a good Bible Movie, there are many, many others much better than this one listed on our page:

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