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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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All the Splendor of History's Most Fabled Age - And the Love That Was Its Glory! See more »


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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

The film was made in Italy because there was a writers' strike in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

The ruins of an ancient Roman building complex are used as Simon's hideout. The ruins were disguised with some Persian elements (a broken statue, some sculptures on the walls), but Roman columns are visible. Most of the exterior/interior sets, however, are historically accurate representations of ancient Persian architecture. 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 (1916) See more »

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A well-paced movie and touching tale of Esther's devotion
13 April 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

Amidst the wars, pageantry, violence and mayhem, not to mention palace intrigues, is a touching story of Esther's growing love for the king, played by Richard Egan, one handsome fellow, I must admit. In many of the quieter scenes the lovely music adds much to the atmosphere, evoking gentler moods and feelings. As well, I've always admired Denis O'Dea whatever role he played, and here as the steadfast Mordecai he gives a fine performance as usual. I like the sincerity of the actors, and an innocent portrayal of Esther by Joan Collins is so refreshing. The pace of the story is steady throughout so that one doesn't feel slowed down. Most action episodes are fierce enough for me, thank you, as some violence is inevitable in movies such as this. All in all it's a good movie that I personally cherish.


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