The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." (I Samuel, 8:5). And so the prophet Samuel ... See full summary »
The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan with the promise that if he does so, his descendants will ... See full summary »
An elaborate Hollywood retelling of the Bible stories narrated by the film's director John Huston. We open with the Creation of the World and arrive at the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and continue on to Cain and the murder of Abel. Next, we visit Noah and his ark with its spectacular flood sequence. Then we come to the story of Nimrod, King of Babel, the emergence of man's vanity and the heights to which it could aspire if unchecked. Finally we cover Abraham, a mystic who spoke personally with God, a leader of men, a builder of nations, a pioneer and a warrior and Sarah. At the time she conceived her first child, the event being forecast by an Angel of the Lord. Three such Heavenly Messengers appeared in the course of events which befell Abraham and Sarah.Written by
More than forty species of animals are seen in the dazzling 'two-by-two' promenade of the Noah's Ark sequence. Director John Huston humorously frames the majestic parade around the slow progress made by the turtle duo, who are passed by every other species and are eventually picked up and carried aboard the ark by Noah (played by Huston) himself. See more »
After Cain attacks Abel, Abel falls forward, but when Cain walks over to the body, Abel is face-up. See more »
[as Abraham is preparing to kill him as a sacrifice]
There is nothing that He may not ask of thee?
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The Last Of The Biblical Epics And One Of The Best
Maybe it's because I consider myself one of the devout, but I think this last of the great Biblical epics that began in 1949 with "Samson And Delilah" works very well. Christopher Fry, who was responsible for making "Ben Hur's" script literate and compelling manages to do the same here, and Huston does a fine job of directing as well as providing a noble touch as narrator/voice of God and Noah.
About the only ineffective touch comes at the end, where it is all too clear that the fire is causing George C. Scott's age makeup to run.
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