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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...In the Beginning See more »

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Drama | Family

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Trivia

Peter O'Toole was arrested during the production in Rome after punching a photographer. He was on a night out with actress Barbara Steele when he took offence to the paparazzi. 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

Abraham: But the child is thine by thy maidservant's hand, by the love I bear thee.
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Featured in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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The Last Of The Biblical Epics And One Of The Best
15 April 1999 | by Eric-62See all my reviews

Maybe it's because I consider myself one of the devout, but I think this last of the great Biblical epics that began in 1949 with "Samson And Delilah" works very well. Christopher Fry, who was responsible for making "Ben Hur's" script literate and compelling manages to do the same here, and Huston does a fine job of directing as well as providing a noble touch as narrator/voice of God and Noah.

About the only ineffective touch comes at the end, where it is all too clear that the fire is causing George C. Scott's age makeup to run.


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bible 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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