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In the Beginning 

Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.
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Series cast summary:
Martin Landau ...  Abraham 2 episodes, 2000
Jacqueline Bisset ...  Sarah 2 episodes, 2000
Billy Campbell ...  Moses 2 episodes, 2000
Eddie Cibrian ...  Joseph 2 episodes, 2000
Frederick Weller ...  Jacob 2 episodes, 2000
Alan Bates ...  Jethro 2 episodes, 2000
Steven Berkoff ...  Potiphar 2 episodes, 2000
Geraldine Chaplin ...  Yocheved 2 episodes, 2000
Amanda Donohoe ...  Zuleika 2 episodes, 2000
Christopher Lee ...  Rameses I 2 episodes, 2000
Art Malik ...  Rameses II 2 episodes, 2000
Rachael Stirling ...  Young Rebeccah 2 episodes, 2000
Diana Rigg ...  Mature Rebeccah 2 episodes, 2000
Victor Spinetti ...  Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician 2 episodes, 2000
David Threlfall ...  Aaron 2 episodes, 2000
David Warner ...  Eliezer 2 episodes, 2000
Sara Carver ...  Hagar 2 episodes, 2000
Terri Seymour ...  Eve 2 episodes, 2000
Sendhil Ramamurthy ...  Adam 2 episodes, 2000
Sean Pertwee ...  Issac 2 episodes, 2000
Andrew Grainger Andrew Grainger ...  Esau 2 episodes, 2000
Sophie Linfield ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 2000
Crispian Belfrage ...  Simeon 2 episodes, 2000
Tom Harper ...  Benjamin 2 episodes, 2000
Richard Rees Richard Rees ...  Pharaoh Seti I 2 episodes, 2000
Jeremy Peters Jeremy Peters ...  Amran 2 episodes, 2000
Gaby Vear Toscano Gaby Vear Toscano ...  Miriam 2 episodes, 2000
Archie Panjabi ...  Basya, Pharaoh's Daughter 2 episodes, 2000
Brana Bajic Brana Bajic ...  Zipporah 2 episodes, 2000
Jonathan Firth ...  Joshua 2 episodes, 2000
Josephine Amankwah Josephine Amankwah ...  Handmaiden 2 episodes, 2000
Buki Armstrong Buki Armstrong ...  Hittite Woman #1 2 episodes, 2000
Abderrahim Bargache Abderrahim Bargache ...  Merchant 2 episodes, 2000
Benedick Blythe Benedick Blythe ...  Traveller 2 episodes, 2000
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ...  Rachel's Brother 2 episodes, 2000
Nick Brimble ...  Rider #1 2 episodes, 2000
Ian Burfield ...  Lot 2 episodes, 2000
Mel Claus Crawford Mel Claus Crawford ...  Hittite Woman #2 2 episodes, 2000
Christopher Fairbank ...  Idol Worshipper 2 episodes, 2000
Zoltán Gera Zoltán Gera ...  Cloth Merchant 2 episodes, 2000
Anton Gregory Anton Gregory ...  Pharaoh's Son 2 episodes, 2000
László Görög László Görög ...  Man of Haran 2 episodes, 2000
Edward Hardwicke ...  Isaac (Older) 2 episodes, 2000
Sarah-Jane Holm Sarah-Jane Holm ...  Leah 2 episodes, 2000
Mark Jax Mark Jax ...  Reuben 2 episodes, 2000
János Kulka János Kulka ...  Jacob's Servant 2 episodes, 2000
Sana Laaouani Sana Laaouani ...  Levite Girl 2 episodes, 2000
Abdelkader Lofti Abdelkader Lofti ...  Chief of the Market 2 episodes, 2000
Luke Mably ...  Isaac (Younger) 2 episodes, 2000
Kevork Malikyan ...  Prison Governor 2 episodes, 2000
Gora Mbaye Gora Mbaye ...  Etiopian 2 episodes, 2000
Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni ...  Slave Trader 2 episodes, 2000
Vincent Pickering Vincent Pickering ...  Egyptian Officer 2 episodes, 2000
Ronald Pickup ...  Jacob (Older) 2 episodes, 2000
Christopher Routh Christopher Routh ...  Edalak 2 episodes, 2000
Ahmed Saguia Ahmed Saguia ...  Ishmael 2 episodes, 2000
Katharine Schlesinger ...  Miriam 2 episodes, 2000
Stewart Scudamore ...  Judah 2 episodes, 2000
Alan Shearman ...  Chief Cup Bearer 2 episodes, 2000
Matthew Sim ...  Prisoner #1 2 episodes, 2000
Corey J. Smith Corey J. Smith ...  Moses (Toddler) 2 episodes, 2000
Stewart Thompson Stewart Thompson ...  Judah 2 episodes, 2000
Danny Webb ...  Laban 2 episodes, 2000
Anne White Anne White ...  Lot's Wife 2 episodes, 2000
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Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.

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From creation to the commandments, Man's greatest journey starts here.

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Official Sites:

RHI Entertainment | RHI-TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The last full length movie of Victor Spinetti (Happatezoah, Pharaoh's Magician). See more »

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Follows Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) See more »

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Passing Resemblance to the Bible, Missed the Important Bit
2 February 2002 | by jacobw-1See all my reviews

As typical, the Christianised version tried to 'rationalise' the Biblical story. For example, the parting of the Red Sea is described in the Bible that the Children of Israel travelled on 'dry land' not mud. Aaron's staff swallowed the other staffs - the fact that the snake swallowed other snakes would not have been frightening. Moses and Aaron were 80 and 83 respectively, not 30 & 40. Moses did not age - the final section of Deuteronomy testifies to this. However, these are details. But skipping the revelation at Mount Sinai - that was sacreligious. This is the central event that has shaped the Children of Israel (read Jews) for more than three millenia. This is what separates montheistic Judaism from all other religions - the direct communication between God and two million people. All other religions started with a single charismatic person infusing belief in others. Judaism is based upon the witnessing of the diving revelation by the entire nation. Without this event, what was so bad about the Golden Calf? (Incidentally, the reason why Aaron acquiesed is that his nephew was killed when he protested and that Aaron procrastinated rather than see more bloodshed.) Also, no mention is made of the Biblical reason why the Children of Israel stayed in the desert for 40 years - the spies who betrayed them. Moses was not allowed into the land of Israel because of his miscontruing the command to grant water from the rock (in the final year of wandering after the death of Miriam). I agree with another reader that it's better to focus on a specific event, or dedicate the appropriate amount of time - 10+ hours - to really telling the story, even using the plain text of the Bible. Here we have a disjointed story, poor visual FX, bad makeup (Moses' beard was laughable) and villains who the audience were begged to sympathise with (Rameses II was a typical despot who only let the Israelites go because he was a firstborn and he thought he would die.) My rating - 1 out 5 - at least they got most of the names right.


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