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December 1962 (USA) See more »
"...his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph, and she said, lie with me..." (Genesis 39:7)
A brother is cast out from his family, sold in to slavery and then returns years later as a man of power - but shows forgiveness and compassion to his family through the strength of character given to him by God. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Geoffrey Horne ... Joseph

Robert Morley ... Potiphar
Belinda Lee ... Henet
Vira Silenti ... Asenath

Terence Hill ... Benjamin (as Mario Girotti)
Carlo Giustini ... Reuben

Finlay Currie ... Jacob
Arturo Dominici ... Rekmira
Robert Rietty ... Pharaoh
Julian Brooks ... Chief Baker
Mimo Billi ... Chief Butler (as Mimmo Billi)
Marietto ... Benjamin as a Child
Marco Guglielmi ... Judah
Dante DiPaolo ... Simeon
Charles Borromel ... Dan
Helmuth Schneider ... Zebulon
Loris Bazzocchi ... Issachar
Marin Marija ... Asher
Nino Segurini ... Gad (as Antonio Segurini)
Tonko Sarcevic ... Levi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Arié ... Debating Man
Enrico Chiappafreddo ... Debating Man
Victor Rietti ... Baker (scenes deleted)
Pietro Tordi ... Enemy

Directed by
Irving Rapper (English version)
Luciano Ricci (Italian version)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oreste Biancoli  Italian version
Ennio De Concini  Italian version
Guy Elmes  English version
Guglielmo Santangelo  screenplay
Guglielmo Santangelo  story

Produced by
Luigi Carpentieri .... producer
Ermanno Donati .... producer
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene 
Cinematography by
Riccardo Pallottini 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Art Direction by
Oscar D'Amico  (as Oskar D'Amico)
Set Decoration by
Ennio Michettoni 
Costume Design by
Maria De Matteis 
Makeup Department
Sergio Angeloni .... makeup artist
Galileo Mandini .... hair stylist
Piero Mecacci .... makeup artist
Production Management
Piero Donati .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giovanni Fago .... assistant director
Art Department
Gianni Gianese .... sculptor
Sound Department
Raffaele Del Monte .... sound
Mario Messina .... sound
Primiano Muratori .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Joseph Nathanson .... matte shots (as Joseph Natanson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandro Mancori .... camera operator
Stelvio Massi .... camera operator
Stjepan Milic .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Crimi .... wardrobe
Giuliano Papi .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ornella Micheli .... assistant editor
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Other crew
Giorgio Baldi .... production assistant
Livio Maffei .... production assistant
Richard McNamara .... dialogue director
Jacob W. Nathan .... historical consultant
Guido Pala .... historical consultant
Luciano Ricci .... supervisor
Paola Salvadori .... continuity
Pina Zani .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Giuseppe venduto dai fratelli" - Yugoslavia (original title)
"Joseph and His Brethren" - USA (DVD box title)
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USA:103 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

This was a dream project for Columbia head honcho Harry Cohn. He bought the rights from former MGM boss Leo B. Mayer and there even exists photos of his intended star Rita Hayworth in Egyptian makeup. When Hayworth turned down the role, Cohn opted for his other major Columbia contract player, Kim Novak, but she too rejected the offer . Tony Curtis and amazingly Jack Lemmon were also considered but eventuality and with over one million dollars spent, the Columbia production was cancelled.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Genesis 37-45, 31 August 2014
Author: dbdumonteil

The first Italian movie by Irving Rapper.

The screenplay is rather faithful to Genesis ,which is much to the credit of the movie.Only Joseph and Benjamin are true brothers ,both Rachel's children, whereas the others share the same father with other mothers .

All that you learn in Sunday school is included: the brothers ' jealousy (which was justified,the Holy Writ tells us so -the robe-)Joseph's dream in which his brothers bow to him ,his interpretation of dreams which made him pharaoh's adviser ,and the coming of his family in Egypt.

Robert Morley is the stand out of a rather faceless cast:his tongue in chick playing works wonders in the scene of the slaves market .Putiphar and his wife are given more importance than in the Good Book .The hunting (in the jungle,with black warriors) becomes ridiculous.The opening of the floodgates so that the enemy gets drowned is a (very) poor man's "ten commandments" .The little arithmetic problem of the fifteen sheep is probably not a good way to introduce Joseph (generally,this little riddle concerns camels).

That said,this is an entertaining flick,in which you will not feel God's inspiration,and emotion is terribly lacking when Joseph meets again his bros ,but it is certainly not worse than the other Italian Peplums of the era.

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