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In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless ... See full summary »

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Peter Hall

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Francesco Maria Nappi (book), Lionel Chetwynd (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Jacob
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Rachel
Sean Bean ... Esau
Joss Ackland ... Isaac
Juliet Aubrey ... Leah
Irene Papas ... Rebekah
Giancarlo Giannini ... Laban
Christoph Waltz ... Morash
Christoph M. Ohrt ... Be'or (as Christoph Ohrt)
Philip Locke ... Diviner
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ... Reuben (age 14)
Cecilia Dazzi Cecilia Dazzi ... Billah
Yvonne Sciò ... Judith (as Yvonne Scio')
Garry Cooper ... Caananite 1
Bev Willis Bev Willis ... Caananite 2
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In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless hunter with a voracious appetite for sensual pleasures. Jacob is a shepherd, more tender and compassionate han Esau. Just as Esau is the pride of his father, so is Jacob the apple of his mother's eye. Rebekah is convinced that Jacob, though the second born son, is the chosen one and the rightful heir of Isaac and Abraham. And she tells him that when she was with child, God announced to her: "Two nations are within thy womb. Two manner of men shall be delivered to you. The one shall be stronger than the other and the elder shall serve the younger". One day Esau returns from a hunt to find Jacob preparing a lentil porridge. Famished, he asks Jacob for some food. Jacob agrees, but on one condition: that Esau sell him his birthright. Since Esau ascribes little value to its meaning, he readily agrees and they...

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Official Sites:

Five Mile River Films

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacob: A TNT Bible Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco

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Lux Vide, Lube, Beta Film See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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An excellent depiction of the changed conniver
29 August 2011 | by daviddaphnereddingSee all my reviews

Of the few movies I've seen about different Old Testament heroes, I do believe this is my favorite. Morocco looked much like Canaan, Matthew Modine did an excellent turn as the deceiver and conniver Jacob, Sean Bean was excellent as the bitter brother Esau, and Lara Flynn Boyle was a very drawing Rachel. I, a minister, have read the Genesis account of Jacob's life many times, and I was very pleased with the way it was dramatized in this TV movie. I was impressed with the visual effects, especially with the dream Jacob experienced when he saw the ladder go up to Heaven. Additionally, I was taken with the dramatic scene of Jacob fighting with the angel when his thigh was painfully dislocated. When I considered all this movie entailed, i have a positive feeling about it. It was truly an excellent bible drama


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