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The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

Unrated | | Drama, Family | 28 September 1966 (USA)
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Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Its main highlights are the Garden of Eden, the first brothers, Noah and his family obeying God to build an ark for the Flood and Abraham's attempted sacrifice of Isaac.

Director:

John Huston

Writer:

Christopher Fry (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parks ... Adam
Ulla Bergryd ... Eve
Richard Harris ... Cain
John Huston ... Noah
Stephen Boyd ... Nimrod
George C. Scott ... Abraham
Ava Gardner ... Sarah
Peter O'Toole ... The Three Angels
Zoe Sallis ... Hagar
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Lot
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Lot's Wife
Franco Nero ... Abel
Pupella Maggio ... Noah's Wife
Robert Rietty ... Abraham's Steward
Peter Heinze Peter Heinze ... Shem
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An elaborate Hollywood retelling of the Bible stories narrated by the film's director John Huston. We open with the Creation of the World and arrive at the Garden of Eden with our first ancestral parents and continue on to Cain murdering his younger brother Abel. Next, we visit Noah and his ark with its spectacular flood sequence. Then we come to the story of Nimrod, King of Babel, the emergence of man's vanity and the heights to which it could aspire if unchecked. Finally we cover Abraham, a mystic who spoke personally with God, a leader of men, a builder of nations, a pioneer and a warrior and Sarah. At the time she conceived her first child, the event being forecast by an Angel of the Lord. Three such Heavenly Messengers appeared in the course of events which befell Abraham and Sarah. Written by Anonymous

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The first adventure story...the first love story...the first murder story...the first suspense story...the first story of faith. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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When God talks to Noah, that's actually the voice of John Huston speaking to John Huston. See more »

Goofs

This film portrays Eve standing by herself during the Serpent's conversation with her at the forbidden tree. Adam sleeps in a nearby orchard without hearing it. In real life, he quietly stood next to Eve during this incident. Rather than adequately rebuffing the Serpent (Satan) or chasing him out of the Garden as part of his obligation, Adam stood passively and rejected God's law by submitting to the Serpent's dishonesty. He consumed on the forbidden fruit afterwards. See more »

Quotes

God: I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
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Featured in Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) See more »

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Okay for a Biblical epic
4 June 2002 | by DebboSee all my reviews

Seemingly eposodic, there is little segue between the "stories." Even the title is misleading, since this film only covers from Creation through the story of Abraham - the first 22 chapters. But if the whole book was made into a movie it would be 162 hours at this rate. Too long for most audiences! (Hint - hint - miniseries).

Most of the acting comes across as stilted, except Huston, who's tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Noah wavers between refreshing and cloying. The highly touted "nude" scene of Adam and Eve may have raised a few eyebrows in 1966 but seems pretty tame by today's standards thanks to a few well-placed fern fronds. Scotts's rendering of patriarch Abraham was strong but uninspired.

This pic is adequate if you're not looking for in-depth religious interpretations. More could have been done with characterizations, but in the time given, was satisfactory. Just watch and enjoy for its face value.


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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