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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 »




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 ... 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


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


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Italy | Yugoslavia


English | Italian

Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) 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 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 »


Followed by Pontius Pilate (1962) See more »

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Biblical tale about the favored son of the patriarch Jacob who was given into captivity by his own envious brothers
24 December 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The Biblical story of Joseph , beloved son of Jacob and great-grandson of Abraham , who rose to become Prime Minister of Egypt . Joseph : Geoffrey Horne, was sold to slavery by his brothers : Judah, Dan Reuben, Zebulon, Simeon,.. played by Helmuth Schneider, Dante Di Paolo , Manetto, Charles Borromel... , they were jealous of his abilitites and of being their father's favorite. As they seize him, tear off his coat and throw him into a dry well and the following day he is given to traders on their way o Egypt . As Joseph is sold as a slave to Pothiphar : Robert Morley , the Pharaoh's Prime Minister. His prophetic abilities and highly productive skill win his master's trust and he is appointed as Steward of Pothiphar 's household. One day, he is seduced by Pothiphar' s wife , Belinda Lee , who orders to give her pleasure, but Joseph rejects her. The desesperate woman seeks vengeance and accuses him of violation . Joseph is locked and in prison he prophetizes the future by interpreting the dark dreams. As Joseph describes the famous dream about seven fat cows and seven thin cows . As Joseph is summoned by Pharaoh and predicts the dreams that after 7 years of plentiful harvest, Egypt will suffer 7 years of starvation. Convinced , the Pharaoh appoints Joseph as his main chancellor , and , subsequently , he takes an attractive Egyptian girl : Vira Silenti , as his wife .

Biblic story in medium budget imitating the American Colossal but made in Peplum style. This old Testament story is decently told, though it has some flaws and gaps, taking parts here and there of the known story about Joseph who was sold into slavery and after governing Egypt during seven-year famine ; while his brothers go to the country seeking grain only to encounter their brother who they had long presumed dead .The picture offers enjoyable messages about forgiveness, fraternity , compassion , brotherhood , and redemption . It stars Geoffrey Horne who gives an average acting as the good son whose brothers become increasingly resentful of their dad's preference of Joseph . Horne had a brief cinematic career including titles as Bridge on the River Kwai , 3 implacables , Tempest and Bonjour Tristesse. He is accompanied by two Hollywood actors , Robert Morley and Finlay Currie who played various various Colossal, epic and Biblical film. Along with a lot of Italian secondaries as Arturo Dominici, Vira Silenti ,Charles Borromel, Dante Di Paolo and a young Terence Hill as the youngest brother Benjamin. And the beautiful British girl Belinda Lee who a bit later on she died by car accident at 25.

It contains an evocative and atmospheric musical score Mario Nascimbene. And colorful and shining cinematography by Riccardo Pallotini. The motion picture was regular but professionally directed by Luciano Ricci and Irving Rapper. The Italian Luciano directed a few films as Alone against Rome, and Castle of Living dead. While the American Irving Rapper was a veteran Hollywood director and producer who directed films from all kinds of genres , such as : The brave one , Forever female , Deception , Rhapsody in blue , Another man's person , The corn is Green , Adventures of Mark Twain , among others . There is another rendition about these events : ¨Joseph¨(1995) TV version by Roger Young with Paul Mercurio as Joseph , Ben Kingsley , Lesley Ann-Warren and Martin Landau as Jacob .

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