Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians, is holding a celebratory banquet for his people in the citadel ... See full summary »
F. Murray Abraham,
The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan with the promise that if he does so, his descendants will ... See full summary »
In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity, including Daniel. Daniel was taken to Babylon to serve it. As Powerful ... See full summary »
The young Jewish girl, Hadassah, goes on to become the Biblical Esther, the Queen of Persia, who saves the Jewish nation from annihilation at the hands of its archenemy.Written by
Susan Zahn, Publicist.
It took three years for the film to reach theaters. See more »
When Esther is seen watching the caravan arrive at the beginning, she is wearing a white dress with a wrap. When she goes inside to talk with her uncle, she is wearing a bright, multi-colored dress and headband. See more »
[playing an ancient, lifesize version of chess]
Now let me see... you over there.
Why can not a truce be arranged?
Truce? That devil, Memucan has beat me twice in a row.
I fear losing you.
I gave an oath
[rising to feet, with Esther]
to my father.
He's the one I fear losing you to. You must dream You'll be gone much in the coming months.
Keep this for me.
[giving her the necklace]
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This film does have a wonderful story to tell, and the location shots (it was filmed in India to imitate ancient Persia) are beautiful. That's the good news. The bad news is that the actual script for the story is weak and much of the dialog is stilted. Some of the acting is truly sub-par, although the girl who plays Hadassa/Esther really makes the most of some very bad situations script-wise. I felt that the direction was heavy handed in much of the film, but some gorgeous recreations and CG backdrops almost make up for this. Also,the fact that Peter O'Toole is advertised as a "star" of this film is very misleading. He appears in maybe five minutes of footage at the beginning, and nothing more. Overall, I thought the film had good intentions, but not enough time and effort put into a convincing script.
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