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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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Joseph AND HIS BRETHREN (Irving Rapper and Luciano Ricci, 1960) ** See more (10 total) »


  (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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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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Joseph AND HIS BRETHREN (Irving Rapper and Luciano Ricci, 1960) **, 19 March 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

In the wake of the adoption of the Widescreen process and the consequent increase in popularity of the Biblical subgenre within the realm of the Epic, stories from the Old and New Testament became a much-raided Hollywood commodity during the 1950s and 1960s. It was only a matter of time before the ultra-Catholic Italians got onto the bandwagon and grew another branch into their own in-house brand of the epic that was renamed the peplum.

As would eventually became the custom, veteran Hollywood film-makers – among them Frank Borzage, Raoul Walsh, Jacques Tourneur and Edgar G. Ulmer – were engaged to supervise the production of these cheaper Italian epics and so it is that Irving Rapper – best-known for the schmaltzy but solid Bette Davis vehicles NOW, VOYAGER (1942) and DECEPTION (1946) – became involved with bringing to the big-screen the story of Joseph; subsequently, he would be employed in a similar capacity on PONTIUS PILATE (1962). While the co-director here was one Luciano Ricci – who would later (under the alias of Herbert Wise) be the officially credited director of THE CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1964) despite the reported intervention of two others! – the actors who came on board Joseph AND HIS BRETHREN were far better known. Chief among them were Robert Morley (ludicrously hamming it up as Potiphar) and genre staple Finlay Currie (as a dignified Jacob), while the younger roles were entrusted to an eclectic bunch: Geoffrey Horne (in the title role), Belinda Lee (as Potiphar’s deceitful wife, she featured in several of these Italian cheapies and would eventually die tragically within a year in a road accident), Arturo Domenici (as Potiphar’s ambitious counsellor), Terence Hill (as Joseph’s younger brother Benjamin) and Dante Di Paolo (as the main schemer among Joseph’s jealous brothers).

One may wonder why I’m talking about everything else but the film and, unfortunately, that’s because it is no great shakes. While the story was good enough to be remade thrice on celluloid – as a 1974 TV movie by Michael Cacoyannis, yet again for TV in 1995 and as a Dreamworks animated feature in 2000 – not to mention revamped as a musical extravaganza on the stage, the version under review is dreary, dull and unmemorable. Small wonder, then that the film has fallen into public domain and is available on various budget DVDs in an English-dubbed, pan-and-scan, washed out print which further serves to alienate the viewer.

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