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Oreste Biancoli (Italian version)
Ennio De Concini (Italian version)
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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)
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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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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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
the biblical story of Joseph (geoffrey horne) sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, 17 March 2006
Author: dougbrode from United States

So you're watching that old classic Bridge On the River Kwai, and begin to wonder what ever happened to Geoffrey Horne, the young male lead who holds his own against such top talents as Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa? One might figure that with a blockbuster like that behind you, any actor ought to be able to move on to major work. Didn't happen in this case, and while Horne has had a long history of small roles in both movies and TV, he only received the lead in one movie that was released to theatres in the U.S., and it's a pretty bad one at that. He's Joseph, the lad whose father gave him a coat of many colors, in this miniscule 'epic' that tried to find a place for itself at a time when Biblical films were huge at the box office - Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Barabbas, King of Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, etc. etc. Don't expect the kind of sweeping vistas, spectacular action, and attention to period detail here that you do in any of those. An Italian-American co-production, this does benefit from Robert Morley doing his plump/effete bit as a cruel slave holder and the sadly forgotten Belinda Lee (she died young in a car accident) as that man's gorgeous, sexually frustrated wife who throws herself at the slave Joseph. The entire Biblical story is told, dreams and all, but its a paint by numbers, run of the mill job, without so much as decent pacing much less good dialogue. What might have helped immensely is if the brothers had been developed as individuals rather than reduced to a mere mob. Too bad, because here's a story worth telling - and, from the evidence in Kwai, there was an actor worth developing!

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