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  • Actors: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston, Stephen Boyd
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: Christopher Fry, Mario Soldati, Orson Welles
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Luigi Luraschi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 14 2003
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NKW1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,162 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thebookwoman on Nov. 29 2003
Format: DVD
I watched this movie on TV and I thought it was good. All of the actors were very good but I especially liked John Huston as Noah, George C. Scott as Abraham, Ava Gardner as Sarah and Richard Harris as Cain. I think John Huston did a good job directing the movie but he also acted in this movie and I think he was very good as Noah. For a Biblical movie I think John Huston's The Bible is pretty low-key and simple rather than a super glossy Hollywood movie and I think some people were maybe expecting that and though those big budget glossy Hollywood Biblical movies are good I enjoyed this more subdued movie and I'm planning on buying the DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Nyman on July 14 2003
Format: VHS Tape
There have been former reviews of this film, which have weighed in on the pro or con, but aside from all that hoopla, this is the DEFINITIVE movie by John Huston.
As not only the director, but the one who portrays "Noah," my family and I found this to be very close to the first 22 chapters of Genesis, which the film is adapted from. Huston is a phenomenal Noah, and you can actually believe that the period before, during, and after the Flood occurred in this fashion. He is remarkable as the Patriarch who's in love with the animals which the Lord God brings his way and preserves - two-by-two - in order to replenish the Earth after the Flood.
Aside from Noah, probably the most engrossing of them all is Abraham's depiction by George C. Scott, and at times, Scott played Abraham with a heavy hand, and the scene before he is asked to sacrifice Isaac was a bit much, with Scott carrying on very melodramatically. But overall, it was still worth the price for the film.
Do yourself a favor and get this film. Don't take this reviewer's word for it, although I think my word is pretty good, but be the judge for yourself, and while you're watching the film, crack open the Bible and follow along. You'll find it not only instructional, but enjoyable as well. And it may give you a new passion for what's taking place before your eyes.
Highly recommended!!!
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By Reverend Knight on April 7 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's a classic! Not for young kids, though, in my opinion. But from, say, 9 and up it's great. Worth the money.
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By Diane Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 31 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This ones not up there with the Ten Commandments or The Robe but it is watchable. Acting is okay but not great.
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Format: DVD
The Bible ... in the Beginning is a most interesting motion picture. Over the course of almost three hours, the people and events of the first twenty-two chapters of the Book of Genesis are brought to life by a star-studded cast of characters under the direction of John Huston (with Dino Delaurentiis as the producer). It is a strange film; at times it is very moving and communicative of the Biblical message, but at other times it becomes strangely surrealistic or downright comical. It is, with a few exceptions, a pretty faithful reenactment of the Biblical text, however, and that certainly does count for something. The film can basically be broken down into several sections: the Creation, original sin, and the first murder; Noah's flood; the tower of Babel; and the life of Abraham.

The creation of the world is given a slow and sonorous treatment that tends to drag just a little bit. Then we have the creation of Adam and Eve (although there's no mention of the whole rib business). I found it somewhat strange to see Eve drawn to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil almost immediately - the serpent's job was made quite easy, and I must say I rather liked the manner in which the serpent was represented here. The ejection of Adam and Eve from the Garden is pretty powerful stuff, as is the later murder of Abel by his jealous brother Cain (played by a young Richard Harris).

Then comes the story of Noah and the Great Flood, which has to be my favorite part of the movie. John Huston himself plays Noah, and it is a remarkable performance that oscillates between seriousness and downright goofiness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19 2004
Format: DVD
EXCEPT for the MAGNIFICENT score by TOSHIRO MAYUZUMI ... this one does not quite hold up as it was promised. Granted ... it IS different ... lots of hoopla during the filming - after all we would be seeing Adam & Eve [variously] buffish ...
BUT the producers must have spend quite a fortune on EYE MAKEUP .... Ye, Gods, even the kids are sporting green or vaguely lavender eye-shadow - as for NIMROD's golden brows!
AVA GARDNER does shine as SARAH - unafraid of unflattering lighting or angles, but she was and still is quite special, and GEORGE C. SCOTT does have a few pithy moments .... the make-up though! BRINGING UP THE REAR - so to speak is Peter O'Toole as Triplet, blue-eyed Angels of Wrath [!], Richard Harris - star rising ["This Sporting Life"] as Cain, Zoe Sallis as the 'other woman' in Abraham's life, Stephen Boys [utterly wasted] as Nimrod, John Huston as a bemused, befuddled and bewildered Noah [nice comic turn though], and somewhere in there a Young Franco Nero!
COSTUMING is dreadful - pity for this almost completely Italian Production. And the famous SODOM AND GOMORRAH sequence? Pale Fellini or is it George Romero? The styrofoam blasted 'Wife of Lot' - really!
WISH the score was available on CD - MAYUZUMI went on to score Huston's "Reflections in A Golden Eye" - somewhat better fare.
DVD sound is VERY ODD - stereo? Color is quite washed out too - pity - this one could be wonderfully restored in full 5.1 or even DTS - it is as close to an epic as we'll ever come!
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