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The Story of Joseph and His Brethren (1961)

Giuseppe venduto dai fratelli (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Family | December 1962 (USA)
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.


Luciano Ricci


Oreste Biancoli (screenplay), Ennio De Concini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marietto Marietto ... Benjamin
Geoffrey Horne ... Joseph
Finlay Currie ... Jacob, Joseph's Father
Nino Segurini Nino Segurini ... Gad, Joseph's Brother (as Antonio Segurini)
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ... Dan, Joseph's Brother
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Reuben, Joseph's Brother
Dante DiPaolo Dante DiPaolo ... Simeon, Joseph's Brother
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Judah, Joseph's Brother
Helmuth Schneider Helmuth Schneider ... Zebulon, Joseph's Brother
Robert Morley ... Potiphar
Arturo Dominici ... Rekmira, the Minister
Vira Silenti Vira Silenti ... Asenath
Mimo Billi Mimo Billi ... Chief Cupbearer (as Mimmo Billi)
Julian Brooks Julian Brooks ... Anteff, Chief Baker
Belinda Lee ... Heneth, Potiphar's Wife


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.

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"...his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph, and she said, lie with me..." (Genesis 39:7)


Drama | Family


Not Rated | See all certifications »



Yugoslavia | Italy


English | Italian

Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joseph and His Brethren See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 eventually and with over one million dollars spent, the Columbia production was cancelled. See more »


Followed by Pontius Pilate (1962) See more »

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the biblical story of Joseph (geoffrey horne) sold into slavery by his jealous brothers
17 March 2006 | by dougbrodeSee all my reviews

So you're watching that old classic Bridge On the River Kwai, and begin to wonder what ever happened to Geoffrey Horne, the young male lead who holds his own against such top talents as Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa? One might figure that with a blockbuster like that behind you, any actor ought to be able to move on to major work. Didn't happen in this case, and while Horne has had a long history of small roles in both movies and TV, he only received the lead in one movie that was released to theatres in the U.S., and it's a pretty bad one at that. He's Joseph, the lad whose father gave him a coat of many colors, in this miniscule 'epic' that tried to find a place for itself at a time when Biblical films were huge at the box office - Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Barabbas, King of Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, etc. etc. Don't expect the kind of sweeping vistas, spectacular action, and attention to period detail here that you do in any of those. An Italian-American co-production, this does benefit from Robert Morley doing his plump/effete bit as a cruel slave holder and the sadly forgotten Belinda Lee (she died young in a car accident) as that man's gorgeous, sexually frustrated wife who throws herself at the slave Joseph. The entire Biblical story is told, dreams and all, but its a paint by numbers, run of the mill job, without so much as decent pacing much less good dialogue. What might have helped immensely is if the brothers had been developed as individuals rather than reduced to a mere mob. Too bad, because here's a story worth telling - and, from the evidence in Kwai, there was an actor worth developing!

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