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The Story of Jacob and Joseph

By Harry Andrews (Actor), Alan Bates (Actor), Herschel Bernardi (Actor), Tony Lo Bianco (Actor), Colleen Dewhurst (Actor) & Michael Cacoyannis (Director)
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Record Label   Sony Pictures
Format   Closed-captioned / Color / Dubbed / DVD
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58"
Binding  DVD Video
Publisher   Provident-Integrity Distribut
EAN  9781435900097  
UPC  043396244979  

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Brother against brother in a classic tale of envy and greed. The classic story of two brothers who turn against one another out of selfish greed. Colleen Dewhurst stars as Rebekah, who gives birth to twin boys, Esau and Jacob. Though Esau is the first-born and entitled to his family's fortune, Jacob is Rebekah's favorite. Through a cunning and devious scheme, Rebekah helps steal Esau's birthright from his aging father, Isaac. The deception tears the family apart for twenty years, but just as reconciliation brings Jacob and Esau together, a new generation of envy is born. Jacob's sons, who envy their brother Joseph, sell him as a slave to a passing caravan. Joseph is taken in chains to Egypt, but he astonishes all with his talents and becomes the Pharaoh's chief advisor. But Joseph cannot forget his family, and his forgiveness of thier cruelty is a lesson in morality that will live forever.

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Enjoyable But They Took Lots of Liberty With The Scriptures In This One!  Apr 4, 2010
I wonder if they really did a serious reading of the scriptures before they made this one. I enjoyed watching it, but it really strayed from the original.

In this presentation they make Rachel out to be some kind of a mad woman. I never saw her as a 'wild animal' as she is described by Laban in this movie. I thought for a moment I was watching Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew' by mistake! She would be perfect in that role without changing a thing. She was silly, not at ALL modest, and didn't appear to be of normal intelligence. Later, of course, she becomes clever and shrewd.

I'm not really complaining. I'm just amused by it. I don't know WHAT they were thinking!

In fact, Laban's whole family is portrayed as wild and crazy, not at all dignified or respectable. They took extreme liberties with that part of the story. I've got to go back and read that story again in the scriptures. They portray the whole group a little more crudely than I have understood them to be.

What's the deal with the strange dancing in the wedding ceremony? It looks more like a portrayal of Sodom and Gomorrah!

Even with all of the inaccuracies, it's an enjoyable movie. Lots of screaming and crude, vulgar behavior, dancing that I don't think happened that way, a little too Hollywood.

If you don't take it as entirely accurate, the main story is there and if it makes you go back to review the scriptures again, it's worth it. Who knows?! Maybe some of it is more accurate than the more refined way I've always pictured it.

In Part II, the Joseph segment, the dream segment was wrong. The scriptures say that the Phararoh insisted that someone not only interpret his dream, but tell him what the dream was! The part where Joseph's brothers returned was also shortened creatively. In fact, the rest of the story was dramatically cut. Maybe it was necessary because of time limitations.

This is not an accurate portrayal of the Biblical story, but I enjoyed it anyway. It could have been worse.
Very enjoyable  Dec 4, 2009
We enjoyed this Biblical movie from the Old Testament book of Genesis on DVD at our house, and actually it is two entirely different stories on one disc. The first is the story of Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Rebekah and Isaac, son of Abraham. The Firstborn son Esau the hunter gives away his birthright for a minor gain to Jacob the peaceful shepherd, and then when he regrets it, it is too late. In his wrath he determines to kill Jacob, who must flee. In twenty years Jacob is determined to return home, knowing his life is in jeopardy from Esau.

In the second story, Jacob is old now and has 12 sons, his favorite being Joseph. But his brothers are jealous of the favor shown him, and plot to get rid of him. After throwing him in a well, they sell him as a slave to a caravan. He is them sold in Egypt, and through the same talents that endear him to his father, he rises from slavery and becomes a valuable administrator to the Egyptians.

Made in 1974, it is obviously dated in some respects, but we knew that when we bought it. The story flowed well, and there are obvious areas the story is changed from scripture, but that is the case in all biblical movies, or any movie from a book for that matter. Nothing is changed that offended me, and it was done to keep the story moving it seems. The costumes and settings were enjoyable, the actors very capable and realistic.
Aspect ratio of 1.33:1 Full Screen, and the DVD picture and sound were clean, appeared remastered. No problems with DVD skipping or freezing. No extras. I recommend to any biblical movie collector like me.

Leg-puller struggles with God; son sold into slavery in Egypt  Dec 4, 2008
This film begins in Genesis, when Rebecca gives birth to Jacob and Esau. It ends with Jacob going to Egypt to see his lost son Joseph. As the other reviewers have indicated, this is a "bare-bones" account of the lives of Jacob and his son Joseph. For example, it is written, Laban pursues Jacob after the latter leaves for Canaan, but not in this film. But what the film does portray, it does rather faithfully. Now, not everything in the film is straight from scripture. However if you're not a "purist" that will not be a problem. (I myself don't mind so long as scripture is not contradicted.)

Hence, this film is much in the style and flavor of the film "Jesus" which I love. In fact, it looks like the two films were made in the same location in parts. For example, the desert backdrop where Jacob is reunited with his brother Esau looks much like the scenery where Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40 days in the "Jesus" film.

The acting is in this film is very good. I thought that the portrayals of Jacob and Joseph were convincing. Esau also. Although I thought Rachel was a little silly.

I was surprised when the two brothers were reunited that Esau still wanted to kill Jacob. I always got the impression in scripture that Esau already forgave Jacob. But I suppose it's possible he held a grudge.

I especially enjoyed the second half of the movie, which was about Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into Egypt. This Joseph I liked much better than what I've seen in other films. This Joseph is upright, great work ethic, a man after God's own heart. Exactly the way scripture says. The only disappointment was, I thought the film ended too soon. I would have liked to have seen the reunion of Jacob and Joseph.

Contrary to what one other reviewer has written, I thought the Egyptian props and scenery was quite good. I've been to the Egyptian museum so I have some idea of what it should look like. One peculiarity however was the caravan scene by the pyramids. The way the pyramids look now, is not how they looked then.

Since buying this film a month ago, I've watched it 3 or 4 times. I plan to watch it again. I can't say that about many other films.
Not what I expected for a film. Love the Bible Series but this was different  Nov 24, 2008
Jacob and Joseph. This is a film and not in the Bible series. WAnted it to be closer to the story of the Bible.
An impressive retelling of the Stories of Jacob and Joseph!  Jun 9, 2008
This lavish Biblical drama of 1974 has been produced in two parts. The First part tells the story of Jacob fleeing his tribe when he cheats his brother out of his birthright, gets cheated himself in his exile years while learning of the need to make amends. The second part is of the story of Jacob's favourite son, Joseph. Betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers, he meets and overcomes all adversity to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, second only to the Pharoah.

This is one of the better Bible story dramatizations ever adapted to the silver screen which complement John Huston's 1966 monumental "The Bible ... In the Beginning" very well. The acting is much better than any typical Biblical movie. The characters speak and act like real people, not cardboard cutouts. The writing tells the stories faithfully, without unnecessary additions, yet in a refreshing way that even after over three decades is enjoyable to watch. All in all, a Bible Movie worth watching by every christian.

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