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At last, someone who knows and loves the Bible stories and tells them with accuracy and feeling. I have seen most of the movies from this series and have found that all of them were moving and at least 80% accurate. It has caused me to look the stories up again to refresh my memory. Richard Harris was a master of his art and brings Abraham to life as no other could have done. I recommend this movie both to those who have read these stories and know them by heart as well as to those who are just finding them for the first time. This movie and in fact all of those in this series bring about a thirst to know more and to find out more about God.
Richard Harris does a fine job of portraying the old testament prophet, Abraham, a man who hears God tell him to take his people and leave the unholy land of Ur of the Chaldees. This takes the group on a journey of many hardships before finally coming to the place God had in mind. The film did not follow the words of the Holy Bible right down the line, but the production was well done just the same; and the locales filmed, if not in the mid-east, certainly looked authentic.
Acting was superb and the accuracy of the story went along well with the Bible. Best of all the story was quite interesting even the filler that the director used with artistic license. Special effects could have been better but the story made up for it. It's 3.5 hours but well worth the time to watch it. Has the true spirit of Jehovah in the movie. A very inspirational movie. Acting was superb and the accuracy of the story went along well with the Bible. Best of all the story was quite interesting even the filler that the director used with artistic license. Special effects could have been better but the story made up for it. It's 3.5 hours but well worth the time to watch it. Has the true spirit of Jehovah in the movie. A very inspirational movie.
This little TV movie was a masterpiece. It's one of Richard Harris'
most brilliant roles as he seems to become Abraham. The movie takes us
on a journey from Abraham's initial trek to an unknown land, to the
birth of Ishmael and Isaac. Barbara Hershey couldn't have been better
as Sarah. The portrayal of the Egyptian pharaoh, the voice of God that
speaks to Abraham -- all the way to the destruction of Sodom and
Gomorra and the close call with Isaac -- all were done with taste and
sensitivity. As some have pointed out, the special effects often looked
like overlays, but it didn't adversely affect the power of the film.
The movie covers a lot of ground and while it is long the time goes by quickly because the acting was so beautifully realized. Harris' portrayal of Abraham truly is emotional and realistic. The cast and crew handled the topic with sensitivity and like so many other religious films, this one stays focused on the story and shuns proselytizing, goopy music or silly dialog. This film does not suffer from any of those common problems. I'd highly recommend this film. Well worth the experience.
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AND A WONDERFULLY DONE ONE OF THOSE AT THAT! Hershey is stunning in her remake of Ava Gardner's Original Portrayal of Sarah the matriarch (As she is in ANYTHING, INCLUDING MARY MAGDALENE 1988!) Richard Harris, The WIcked Brother Cain, from 1966, is brought back 28 years later to play the Father of the Faithful, AND A WONDERFUL FATHER HE PLAYS TOO! confused at the end of the sacrifice he make to prove his faith to God, as was George C Scott in 1966, He proves himself a Giant of Faith in the End, The Destruction of Sodom And Gomorrah remake was brilliant as was 1966. I would highly recommend this for anybody recently converting to Christianity. ***** out of *****. EXCELLENCE!
ABRAHAM, a TV film made in 1993, seeks to condense much of the story of
the Book of Genesis, most of it involving the character of Abraham and
his efforts to secure passage to the promised land where he will become
the founder of a new people.
Unlike many television films, this one has strong production values, not least in the outstanding Moroccan locations (representative of the Middle East). Truly, this is a film in which the landscape is a character in itself, and the sun-scorched locales are really something.
Richard Harris delivers a grand old turn as the put-upon Abraham, tasked with undergoing much hardship and challenge by the Creator. Although the film is episodic in nature, going through much familiar ground (the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the sacrifice of the child, the journey to Egypt) the reason it works so well is because it creates identifiable and realistic characters, not just figures lifted from the page.
Therefore Barbara Hershey's Sarah becomes a petulant and rather selfish character; Maximilian Schell's Pharaoh is a vain and pompous monster; and Carolina Rosi and Gottfried John give the best performances, really stealing their scenes with their emotional turns. Be warned, this is a long - 3 hour - production, and slow-moving in parts, but it does the job well.
This is an engaging movie, however, it is not among the best Biblical
adaptations. It does well in holding true to scripture with
some'creative license' for areas that are vague.
The film really brings us to a greater place of understanding the reality of what took place back then. As I stated in another review of a Biblical film - One of the mysteries of the Bible is in the manner which people spoke and communicated in various scenarios. Did the person express agitation or anger when he/she said this/that? Or were they always full of patience and grace? Were they serious in appearance, or did they smile often? Each movie and play we view that is an adaptation is a creation of another persons thought of how things were possibly said and done. The creator of this film made most things believable.
I really appreciated how this film made Hagar's story prominent. Rather than thinking of her as merely a disobedient servant, or a jealous, conniving woman, we come to understand the depths of the role and status that she had to endure in this life. Slaves at that time were rarely allowed to marry or have children at all. Their owners were their lives. She got just a taste of what it would be like to have a husband and a family - a life. A film that can bring the life out of an ancient book is worth paying attention to. I would recommend this.
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Abraham is a 1994 television movie based on the life of the Biblical
patriarch Abraham.It stars Richard Harris in the title role together
with Barbara Hershey,Maximilian Schell and Vittorio Gassman.
It follows the tale of humble shepherd Abraham as he leads his flock to the Promised Land despite great danger. When the voice of God himself tells Abraham that he must lead his family and a group of like-minded believers on a harrowing journey to the Promised Land, the travelers' faith is tested as they face famine, death, and war at every turn. Through all of their hardships, Abraham's flock is determined to make the journey no matter what the cost.
This was an excellent TV movie as it accurately depicts the story of Abraham and shares the valuable wisdom that we can learn from the Holy Bible.The excellent acting of Richard Harris elevates the level of this TV movie.
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