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The Story of Ruth (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 17 June 1960 (USA)
Inspired by the scriptural tale. Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writer:

Norman Corwin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Boaz
Tom Tryon ... Mahlon
Peggy Wood ... Naomi
Viveca Lindfors ... Eleilat
Jeff Morrow ... Tob
Elana Eden ... Ruth
Thayer David ... Hedak
Les Tremayne ... Elimelech
Eduard Franz ... Jehoam
Leo Fuchs Leo Fuchs ... Sochin
Lili Valenty Lili Valenty ... Kera
John Gabriel ... Chilion
Ziva Rodann ... Orpah
Basil Ruysdael ... Shammah
John Banner ... King of Moab
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Storyline

Inspired by the tale from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Bible, the Moabitess child Ruth is sold to the temple of Chemosh. Years pass and she serves as a priestess to the idol. While arranging a temple ritual, she encounters a Judean family of artisans: Elimelech, his wife Naomi, their sons Chilion and Mahlon, and daughter-in-law Orpah. Ruth is curious about their God, and begins to meet secretly with Mahlon. After tragedy strikes, Ruth follows Naomi and begins a new life in Bethlehem... Written by L. Hamre

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All The Spectacle Of Heathen Idolatry, Human Sacrifice, Pagan Revels - All The Beauty Of One Of The Bible's Timeless Love Stories! See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La historia de Ruth See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~7.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~7.3 seconds. These values imply quite fast editing, especially for a CinemaScope film directed by Henry Koster. See more »

Goofs

When Ruth and her father at the beginning of the movie are going to give Ruth to the service of Chamosh the right sleeve of her garment is torn but when they are in the house it is her left sleeve that is torn. See more »

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[first lines]
Jehoam: Yonder is a city whose name will one day be known in the far places of the Earth... Bethlehem of Judah. Generations have yet to pass before its star shall rise in the east. Much shall happen in these lands and be told. For nearby, across the Jordan in the land of Moab, lives a people who of old have hated the God of Israel and who serve a god of stone, Chemosh, thirsty for the blood of the young and the innocent.
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Version of The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith (2009) See more »

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THE STORY OF RUTH (Henry Koster, 1960) **1/2
28 April 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

After having missed out on it several times on Italian TV, I've managed to catch up with this - as it turned out - underrated Biblical epic via Fox's pleasing DVD edition. It's a typically lavish production with a nice Franz Waxman score and a decent cast: unknown Elana Eden makes for a convincing heroine; Tom Tryon is the leading man during the first half (until he is killed off), with Stuart Whitman taking over in the second part of the narrative; Peggy Wood is a dignified Noemi; and Jeff Morrow delivers an amusing performance as a perennially drunk Jewish merchant and Eden's suitor.

Not knowing much about the Biblical story, the lengthy expository events - akin to the similarly irrelevant ones (of the young Moses in Egypt) depicted in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) - were a welcome addition; as a matter of fact, Viveca Lindfors - a strong presence during these early stages - disappears altogether once the scene shifts to Judea! Typical of most epics of the time, the film feels overlong and could do with some trimming - especially in its more reverent second half - but it's one I wouldn't mind owning on DVD, especially if Fox would consider releasing a collection of their Biblical epics (comprising as well David AND BATSHEBA [1951], THE ROBE [1953], DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS [1954] and THE BIBLE...IN THE BEGINNING [1966]).


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