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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.

Director:

Luciano Ricci

Writers:

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 ... 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
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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)

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Yugoslavia | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joseph and His Brethren See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was a dream project for Columbia head honcho Harry Cohn. He bought the rights from former MGM boss Louis 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 »

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Followed by Pontius Pilate (1962) See more »

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Joseph's story on film
30 October 1998 | by Johnny BSee all my reviews

Surely not the best biblical story put on film, however this American-Italian production is quite good. Definitely better that any film of the same genre that came out of Italy in that decade. Even though leading man Borromel is quite stiff and severe looking, still other performances, namely from Belinda Lee, cover this drawback. Much of the story is as it is found in the Bible, but a little space for love and originality is given. I remember watching this movie on an Italian channel some days before a rival channel broadcasted the latest adaptation of this story, called "Joseph". Though it is by far inferior to the Emmy award winner, still it is enjoyable.


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