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Esther and the King (1960)

Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington in television's Dynasty series, Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The... See full summary »

Directors:

Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava

Writers:

Raoul Walsh (screenplay), Michael Elkins (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Collins ... Esther
Richard Egan ... King Ahasuerus
Denis O'Dea ... Mordecai
Sergio Fantoni ... Haman
Rik Battaglia ... Simon (as Rick Battaglia)
Renato Baldini ... Klydrathes
Gabriele Tinti ... Samual
Rosalba Neri ... Keresh
Robert Buchanan Robert Buchanan ... Hegai
Daniela Rocca ... Queen Vashti
Folco Lulli Folco Lulli ... Tobiah
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Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington in television's Dynasty series, Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The setting is Persia in the 4th century BC, as Esther comes to the attention of the recently widowed King Ahasuerus. The king has been trying to stifle and defeat the campaign of hatred fomented against the Jews by his evil minister Haman (Sergio Fantoni). Before the King can pair off with Esther and defeat the villainous Haman, there are several intervening adventures and an additional, attractive woman who competes for attention.

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Esther See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of two biblical epics released by 20th Century Fox in 1960. The other is The Story of Ruth (1960). The Story of Ruth, produced in the United States, was filmed and released first. Esther and the King was in its pre-production stage when The Story of Ruth premiered in New York City. See more »

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Corn fields appear in several exterior scenes. Corn was cultivated only in the Americas in the days of Esther and Ahasuerus. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: The time is 2,500 years ago. The place is Persia. The man is Ahasuerus, king of the Medes and the Persians, ruler of 127 provinces, the most powerful man on Earth. The army is the conqueror of all the lands from India to Ethiopia. They are returning home now from fresh victories in Egypt.
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Version of Esther (1986) See more »

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Nice looking costumes, good looking actors, bad movie!
15 March 2004 | by gazeboSee all my reviews

This is a good looking movie, too bad it is so mediocre. Joan Collins is beautiful and her acting is okay, but it can't save this movie. The other actors were okay too. This movie was hampered by the campy dialogue and a mediocre script. I was unhappy that partway through the movie, the story veers away from the traditional bible story of Queen Esther. I heard that this movie is one of Joan Collins' least favorite movies, and I understand why now. Somehow, if the writer of this movie had gone the traditional route of Queen Esther accusing Haman at the banquet, there would be the much needed drama and excitement.

However, if anyone has a hankering to see a real campy film filled with pretty people, pretty clothes and silly dialogue, this is it!

I give this movie a "D".


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