|Rated: PG (for unspecified reasons)|
Starring: Keith Michell, Tony Lo Blanco, and Colleen Dewhurst
Based on parts of the Biblical book of Genesis.
The Good: Unlike some movies based on the Bible, this one stays true to the original text. While some scenes and dialogue are added, the events are just what happened in Genesis. The performances are great, and the scenery took me back to Bible times. Some Bible-based movies are dry and boring, but this one kept me interested until the end. All in all, pretty good stuff, except...
The Bad: Some of the scenes--particularly Jacob's dream about the ladder to heaven, which is merely implied--could have been a bit more dramatic. Also, the ending of the Joseph part of the story felt a bit rushed. Those are minor complaints, though.
Content Concerns: Given the source material, I won't do my usual listing, but I will say that this movie sticks to the Biblical text...including the parts that involve sex. While nothing graphic is shown, I would think that, even by today's standards, this film would be "PG-13"; back when this flick was made, that rating didn't exist. Also, the story of Joseph features shirtless guys throughout.
Conclusion: This is one of the few older movies I've seen that was based on the Bible; most of the celluloid adaptations of God's Word I've watched are from the '90's or later. Some of them have been really good, whereas the last one I watched (The Greatest Story Ever Told) left a lot to be desired. Well, I'm glad to say that this one is among the better ones I've watched. Fans of classic cinema and the Bible should check this one out.