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stirring and engaging story despite innacuracies,
This review is from: The Bible - Abraham  [DVD] (DVD)
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