The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ben Kingsley ...  Potiphar 2 episodes, 1995
Paul Mercurio ...  Joseph 2 episodes, 1995
Martin Landau ...  Jacob 2 episodes, 1995
Lesley Ann Warren ...  Potiphar's Wife 2 episodes, 1995
Alice Krige ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 1995
Dominique Sanda ...  Leah 2 episodes, 1995
Warren Clarke ...  Ednan 2 episodes, 1995
Stefano Dionisi ...  Pharaoh 2 episodes, 1995
Gloria Carlin Gloria Carlin ...  Bilah 2 episodes, 1995
Michael Angelis ...  Reuben - oldest son 2 episodes, 1995
Vincenzo Nicoli ...  Simeon 2 episodes, 1995
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ...  Levi 2 episodes, 1995
Michael Attwell ...  Judah 2 episodes, 1995
Davide Cincis Davide Cincis ...  Dan 2 episodes, 1995
Rodolfo Corsato ...  Naphtali 2 episodes, 1995
Pete Lee-Wilson ...  Gad 2 episodes, 1995
Selva Rasalingam ...  Asher 2 episodes, 1995
Diego Wallraff ...  Issacar 2 episodes, 1995
Michael Zimmermann Michael Zimmermann ...  Zebulon 2 episodes, 1995
Paloma Baeza ...  Dinah 2 episodes, 1995
Anna Mazzotti Anna Mazzotti ...  Zilpah 2 episodes, 1995
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The story begins in Egypt, in the marketplace of Avaris where Joseph is sold as a slave to Potiphar, the Pharaoh's Chief Steward. Joseph, the favored son of the patriarch Jacob, was given into captivity by his own envious brothers. A tireless and highly productive worker, Joseph wins his master's trust and is named steward of Potiphar's household. However, Joseph also unwittingly arouses the lust of Potiphar's wife. Luring him into her room one day, she orders Joseph to give her pleasure. But Joseph prefers punishment, even death, to betraying his master. As he flees from the room, the desperate woman tears off Joseph's garment and brandishes it as proof of her violation. As Potiphar questions him, Joseph begins to narrate the story of his past, a tale of suffering and hardship. We flash back to the time when Jacob and his family settled near the town of Schechem. It is a brief and unhappy stay, for when Jacob's daughter Dinah is ravished by the young prince of Schechem, Jacob's sons ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Italy | Germany | USA

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English

Release Date:

16 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joseph See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco

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Beta Film, Lube, Lux Vide See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Paul Mercurio is the son of Australian movie legend Gus Mercurio. See more »

Quotes

Joseph: I have seen the evils of rape! It is hateful to me and an abomination in the eyes of God.
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Version of Giacobbe, l'uomo che lottò con Dio (1963) See more »

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A great story from the Bible!
17 November 2004 | by gazineo-1See all my reviews

The story of Joseph and his brothers is one of the most impressing and rich of significance stories amongst the many others great legends from the Bible. Even the Nobel Prize winner - German author Thomas Mann - wrote a novel called 'Joseph and his Brothers' giving his personal interpretation of this intense, gripping and compassionate episode of the Bible. However, the cinema never pays much attention to this story. In fact, anyone can easily remember movies like 'The Ten Commandments' which tells the adventure of Moses in his search for the Promised Land or 'Sanson and Dellila'. But the drama of the betrayed Joseph, his suffer among the Egyptians and his conquer of power and fortune, was never at the first line of consideration by the producers of Hollywood. This movie, produced in Italy, bring to us this entranced story with an average success. The movie is a bit overlong (180 min) but never boring; the sets and costumes are accurate and the movie has a great photograph. Martin Landau gives a convinced performance as Jacob, Ben Kingsley is correct as Potifar but Paul Mercurio is very bad as Joseph. Maybe another actor with more intensity could give more strenght and energy to the movie. Anyway, if you find this one in a DVD/VHS rent store and if you like Biblical movies, don't lose this one. It's really worthwhile.


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