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The Bible - Abraham [1994] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Richard Harris, Barbara Hershey, Maximilian Schell
  • Directors: Joseph Sargent
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Time Life Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W0YEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A religious drama on the life of Abraham from the book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible. Richard Harris, Vittorio Gassman, Barbara Hershey and Maximilian Schell headline the cast.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2007
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Joseph Sargent, director of countless TV episodes and movies of everything from `Star Trek' and `Gunsmoke' to the movie `Jaws: The Revenge', does an admirable job of telling the story of Abraham here over 3 hours. It certainly has an authentic feel to it, but critically it scores plaudits for portraying Abraham in such a human, down to earth and easy to understand way.
Richard Harris heads a starry cast, making us really believe in the reality of a man who became the father of nations. All the key moments are shown, through from deciding to leave Haran for Egypt, through to the births of his sons Ishmael and Isaac, and the final altar scene with Isaac. This is an apt place to end, for the underlying theme shown is that of sacrifice and loving God above all. When sacrificing, Isaac is reminded by his father to `pick the lamb you love the most, for in this way you are showing God you put him before all'. It is this underlying understanding of the seemingly old fashioned concept of burnt sacrifice that is all too relevant to us today.
For a TV movie, the production values are not bad, and mostly on location - the only let down moment being the destruction of Sodom which is only glimpsed and what we do glimpse is poorly done.
However, the restrained way in which the other key events are shown are very realistic, and the cast all add significant gravitas to proceedings. Other key performers are Maximillian Schell as the Pharaoh - surprisingly effective, and Barbara Hershey as Sara, Abrahams wife.
Recommended not just for those already familiar with the story, but as a good summary for those discovering the story for the first time.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Clinton on 22 July 2007
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This is a fantasic piece of acting by Richard Harris. My attention was held throughout the entire film. And when it ended I was left wanting more. So much so that opened my Bible to learn more about Abraham. This film really does bring the Bible to life. Well done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Doone on 3 Oct. 2008
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I'm so pleased with this DVD. It is Biblically accurate which is very important. A movie the family can enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. K. Jones on 7 April 2009
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Richard Harris gives a superb performance as the patriarch Abraham. We understand why his father Terah worshiped other gods. This is the priesthood before the law.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 5 Sept. 2012
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A stirring and engaging story of Abraham's life with excellent casting, dialogue , cinematography and scenery.
Belonging in Haran about ten minutes before Abram's scene of smashing the idols which is taken from the Jewish Midrash, it casts Richard Harris as a thoroughly human, humane and wise Abram's successfully capturing his inner struggles and communications with G-D, and an attractive Barbara Hershey as the beautiful and thoughtful Sarah. Maximilian Schell plays a engagingly corrupt and hedonistic Pharoah.
Takes us from Abram being command by G-D to leave the land of his birth, his journey to Canaan, his encounter with Mamre at Hebron and his purchase of that region, his journey to Egypt where the Pharaoh tries to take Sarah as a wife, believing her to be Abram's sister, Abrams' role in the war of the four and five kings to rescue his nephew Lot, where Abram takes the role of a general, the destruction of Sodom, the birth of Abraham's sons. And the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmmael by Abram at Sarah's urging. Brilliantly captured was the rivalry between Sara and Hagar after Hagar becomes pregnant with Ishmael. Excellent depiction of Melchizedek King of Jerusalem's meeting with Abram.
If fault can be found with this movie it is the fact that since the writers are aware of the Midrash they could have focused on Abram's discovery of the true G-D as child, and that he was considerably younger than portrayed when he smashed his father's idols. Also towards the end of the movie Ishmael is not shown as the 'wild ass of a man; who ruthlessly persecuted Isaac that he was, and Sarah's urging to send Ishmael away seems less justifiable when the movie portrays Ishmael as such a nice, clean cut boy. Furthermore Isaac was older when he was put uf for sacrifice by Abraham than he is depicted in this movie
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This film is based on truth of a man seeking to do good, and a good watch, bringing history to 'life' in its re-telling.
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As new Christians my wife and I found this a great movie, padded out in areas to fill the grasp in Scripture, but supported our understanding of the Word.
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By Jan on 29 Jan. 2014
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Again the film demonstrated a fab closelikness to the KJ Bible and again watchignthe film made mewant to give God ahuge praise for allhehas done and all he continues to do. Fantastic.
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