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The Bible - Jeremiah [1998] [DVD]

Oliver Reed , Klaus Maria Brandauer , Harry Winer    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Patrick Dempsey, Leonor Varela
  • Directors: Harry Winer
  • 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: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NBJQY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Made-for-television dramatisation of the famous Biblical story, directed by Harry Winer. Jeremiah (Patrick Dempsey) is a young man from Jerusalem who faces mockery and abuse after being charged by God to warn the people of an impending invasion from the north, God's punishment for their refusal to change their sinful ways.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good - but not as good as the book.. 22 Sep 2008
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Some lively direction and great performances bring some life to what could have been a bleak story.
Over 6 Centuries before Christ, Judah is revitalised when the ancient scrolls are discovered and the temple is restored. The young Jeremiah is born into the order of the priesthood, and his faith and tradition become the cornerstone of his existence during this renaissance of sorts. However, 16 years later the adult Jeremiah receives a Word from God that nobody wants to hear - that the sins and excesses of Judah are going to lead to the destruction of Jerusalem, and the people will be led into bondage. Does he have the faith and strength to deliver the Word, facing ostracism from his family, tragic separation from the woman he loves, and persecution for treason?
Some license has been taken to add some characters and give some depth to Jeremiah's character - a tack which can lead movie versions of bible stories into rough water - however with Patrick Dempsey as Jeremiah, the effect here is to bring out a real sense of the humanity of the prophet, making the sense of sacrifice relevant and believable. However, the gentle looking man does not flinch from forcefully speaking the Word when it is needed - watch out for the flying spittle! The weak King Zedekiah is also well portrayed and a few starry cameos are welcome - Oliver Reed in fine form, and Klaus Maria Brandauer oddly believable as the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, despite that resolutely European accent.
The Bible series always seems to have tackled the subject of God speaking in a sensitive way, and the manner in which He speaks here is done very effectively, portraying how surreal and powerful the moment is while avoiding the `Booming American Voice cliché of so many movies.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth" 3 Mar 2004
This film is an excellent telling of Jeremiah's life, and although time has been compressed, and some fictitious characters added to fill out the scenario, the heart of this part of biblical history is intact, and follows the accounts given in The Book of Jeremiah, II Kings 23-25, and II Chronicles 34-36.
Some of the additions: The lovely "Judith" (Lenor Varela) as an early love interest, and "General Safan", played by that lionesque man, Oliver Reed, as one of Jeremiah's adversaries, and someone who consistently gives bad advice to the king.
Among the omissions: Jeremiah's good years, when he was a friend and confidant to the devout King Josiah, which ended in 609 B.C. with the Josiah's death.
Jeremiah was older when most of the events that take place in this film occur, and had been ministering since 627 B.C.
The film starts with the finding the scriptures, which King Josiah reads to the people, and a young Jeremiah, "I cannot speak, for I am only a youth" (Jer. 1:6).
Sixteen years elapse, and in some of the following scenes, Jehoiakim (Josiah's son) is king, and the constant and brutal persecution of Jeremiah begins.
Patrick Dempsey is wonderful as Jeremiah, and also Stuart Bunce as his faithful scribe Baruch (it is Baruch who in all probability recorded The Book of Jeremiah).
Enter Nebuchadnezzar, played with gusto by Klaus Maria Brandauer. This is one nasty guy, but he is the instrument to complete Jeremiah's prophesies, with his armies sacking and burning the temple (in 586 B.C.) and the ensuing famine in the land. Nebuchadnezzar takes Jehoiakim's son and succesor Jehoiachin captive, and and places his uncle Zedekiah (formerly known as Mattaniah) as king.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film 1 Feb 2007
By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE
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The Bible - Jeremiah with Oliver Reed.

This film keeps to the Biblical story of Jeremiah very well. I enjoyed the scenes of Jeremiah talking (ok shouting) with the crowd - warning them. It gaves life to the reading of the same story in the Bible.

This film will suit anyone who knows the Biblical story of Jeremiah - read the book first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy purchase 27 Feb 2013
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When tackling any biblical topics for an actor, could well be daunting.I'm pleasantly surprised by Patrick Dempseys portrayal of the prophet Jeremiah; exceptional, the feeling he portrayed ; the agony, the angst of fulfilling through obedience God's call on his life was superb.A stella supporting cast also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fab 24 July 2013
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This is fab. I really enjoyed it. Got me reading the book of Jeremiah again. I would recommend it to all interested in the bible
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dvd. 8 April 2013
By Julia
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Very happy with this film, view it had no problems at all.
Good quality picture and sound.
As I like christian film, it give me a real pleasure to watch thtis film.
Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 20 Mar 2013
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This is a great series of bible films. I read along the bible with it and it is pretty accurate helps bring the bible to life and puts things chronologically
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference account 20 Jan 2013
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The viewing of Jeremiah's life in this DVD gave an overall account of events in this Biblical event bringing it to life.
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Published 24 days ago by Alan Watkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and one of the last Oliver Reed Films when ...
Boring and one of the last Oliver Reed Films when he was doing anything to make money. He plays a small part in it and doesn't even appear until about 45 minutes into film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by edward foden
5.0 out of 5 stars jeramiah
to be honest i did not know much about jeramiah but after watching this movie i can now say i know about him
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
We enjoyed this, very well made, acted and presented. Although unsure about the scenario with his "chosen bride". Read more
Published 6 months ago by JustABuyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Awww - love 'im!
Very watchable and enlightening rendition of a story I wasn't familiar with. (And unlike most Prophet stories, the ending is an 'upbeat!). Worth a look.
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Symonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Old testament history
This DVD is part of a new set of DVD stories that follows and explains our Old Testament history
Taken directly from bible scripture.
Published 7 months ago by MR J L HAYHOW of JEZarts
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
this is not perfect biblically but sound enought for you to enjoy i do some good acting and dress thruogh out worth buying
Published 10 months ago by Mr. S. Camfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Fabulous film. follow it through with your bible at hand. Great to watch and you get a visual stance as to what Jeremiah went through.
Best actors to play these major roles.
Published 20 months ago by Pam
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