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Gideon (1971)

The Angel of God and an ordinary shepherd named Gideon debate obedience versus disobedience to God.

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George Schaefer
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Ustinov ... Gideon
José Ferrer ... Angel of the Lord
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barton David Barton ... Jether
Robert Casper ... Zebah
Eric Christmas ... Shillem
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Hezekiah
Harry Davis Harry Davis ... Abimelech
Alfred Dennis ... Helek
Gerardine Douglas Gerardine Douglas ... Mahlah
Little Egypt Little Egypt ... Orpah
Harry Ellerbe ... Jahleel
William Hansen William Hansen ... Ozni
Priscilla Morrill ... Tirzah
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Malchiel
Arnold Moss ... Joash
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The Angel of God and an ordinary shepherd named Gideon debate obedience versus disobedience to God.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Gideon (#20.3) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The original Broadway production of "Gideon" by Paddy Chayefsky opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York City on November 9, 1961, ran for two hundred thirty-six performances, and was nominated for the 1962 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »

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Version of Gideon (1966) See more »

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Gideon debates the Angel of God
8 January 2012 | by jw90013See all my reviews

"Gideon" is a wonderful play and was a memorable TV production. The Gideon of the title is an ordinary shepherd, as I recall, and when the Angel of God asks him to do something, Gideon stubbornly refuses. The play is their continuing debate on obedience versus disobedience to God, and Peter Ustinov and Jose Ferrer give superior performances. I've never forgotten "Gideon" and long to see it again. I hope it still exists in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film vault. In the 1970s, Sister Mary Corita Kent used an apt quotation from the play for one of her powerful posters: "It is Passion, Gideon, that carries a man to God, and passion is a balky beast.... Yet it inspirits man's sessile soul above his own inadequate world and makes real such things as beauty, fancy, love, and God.... Passion is the very fact of God in man that makes him other than a brute...." Ustinov and Ferrer brought their own great passion to this play and it ought to be restored (if necessary) and shown again.


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