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Esther's glory: Biblical epic to hit theaters
YNet ^ | Sept. 19, 2006

Posted on 09/19/2006 8:19:27 AM PDT by Alouette

Screen legends Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif in all-star cast of One Night With The King

Every Jewish child knows who Queen Esther was, now it's time for entire world to know: On October 13, Gener8Xion Entertainment’s One Night With the King opens in over 850 theatres in select cities across the United States.

Starring silver screen legends Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif, along with the renowned John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Luke Goss (Blade II, ZigZag), John Noble (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister (Next Friday), James Callis (Bridget Jones Diary, Battlestar Galactica), Jonah Lotan (24, The Jacket) and Hollywood new-comer Tiffany Dupont, this impressive motion picture chronicles the amazing life of Esther, one of the Bible’s most beloved and courageous heroes.

Based on the best-selling novel Hadassah: One Night With The King by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen, this dramatic big-screen adaptation chronicles a young woman’s rise from peasant to princess, her courageous role in the redemption of her people from destruction and death, and her winning of the love of the most powerful man in the kingdom - by seeking his heart rather than the riches of his kingdom.

“One Night With The King is a story of divine destiny,” explained the film’s producer Matthew Crouch, Chairman and CEO of Gener8Xion Entertainment. “Hadassah was a poor, unknown peasant girl, an orphan, an outcast from a distant land, who went on to become queen of a powerful empire. Her poignant story proves that anyone, no matter their circumstances, can rise to greatness when guided by the hand of destiny.”

“The lush color and vigorous landscape seen throughout the movie can only be captured in a classic old-world setting, ripe with millennia of history,” noted Crouch. “One Night With The King is rich with mystical allure, suspense, intrigue, and political intrigue within unparalleled drama. It’s an unforgettable love story set in a world of adventure and it appeals to people of all faiths.”

One Night With The King was produced by Matthew and Laurie Crouch, and directed by Michael O. Sajbel. The screenplay was written by Stephan Blinn. Also produced by Richard J. Cook, Stephen Blinn and Lawrence Mortorff. Director of photography for the film was Steven Bernstein, A.S.C.

Gener8Xion Entertainment first won the acclaim of audiences and critics alike with 1999 runaway hit The Omega Code, named that year’s top limited release motion picture by Hollywood’s Daily Variety.


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Has anyone heard of this movie? Supposedly the producers are religious Christians, so the movie should be scripturally accurate.
1 posted on 09/19/2006 8:19:28 AM PDT by Alouette
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2 posted on 09/19/2006 8:19:58 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 119: 97-176)
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To: Alouette

I'm wondering if Haman will be "hung from his own gallows" or just whacked..............ala The Sopranos?.........


3 posted on 09/19/2006 8:22:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Alouette

Never heard of it.

Gawd, I thought O'Toole was long dead. Did a search and he's still kicking.


4 posted on 09/19/2006 8:23:42 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: mtbopfuyn

O'Toole must be cast as Mordecai, Esther's cousin......


5 posted on 09/19/2006 8:25:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: mtbopfuyn

He's only in his mid 70s.


6 posted on 09/19/2006 8:25:18 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Alouette
Yes, on TBN ... and the Producer ( I think is the son of Paul Crouch ).
Hollywood will be scratching their collective heads in denial when they see this movie become a success and a hit.
7 posted on 09/19/2006 8:29:43 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: mtbopfuyn
" Screen legends Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif in all-star cast of One Night With The King "

" Gawd, I thought O'Toole was long dead. Did a search and he's still kicking "

That's what I thought, that both Petter O'toole and Omar Sharif were dead..... I thought that O'toole died back in the early 90s.
I have seen previews of this movie on TBN ( and it looks like to be a good movie ).
I never knew Tommy Tinny was a born again Christian, saw him on one of those TBN shows.
8 posted on 09/19/2006 8:33:24 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Alouette

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430431/


9 posted on 09/19/2006 8:34:20 AM PDT by hsrazorback1 (To get what you had, do what you did.)
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To: Alouette

I wonder if Omar Sharif is cast as the Emperor? And does he play Bridge?.........


10 posted on 09/19/2006 8:35:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

Omar Sharif is also a world class Bridge player........even writes a column............


11 posted on 09/19/2006 8:36:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Alouette

This movie has been in the making for years - my aunt gave me the book a couple of years ago.

It's great, I'm looking forward to the movie.


12 posted on 09/19/2006 8:38:07 AM PDT by justche (If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Alouette; xzins; Corin Stormhands; P-Marlowe; blue-duncan; Alamo-Girl
I saw a screening of the film last week; I'd meant to start a thread about it, but I've been down with a cold and kept putting it off. The version I saw was still rough-cut, but it looked like it would be an excellent movie. They didn't take any liberties with the book of Esther, beyond filling in some of the story around Esther's selection as the new queen and the reason why she hadn't been summoned before Xerxes for many months before going before him to plead for her people.

It's definitely worth checking out.

13 posted on 09/19/2006 8:39:45 AM PDT by Buggman (http://brit-chadasha.blogspot.com)
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To: Alouette

I haven't heard of this movie, but the "Veggie Tales" version my children has is great. ;) I hope this plays somewhere near me, I would love to see it.


14 posted on 09/19/2006 8:40:54 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Kids everywhere are cheering because they will never be forced to eat spinach again.)
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To: Alouette
Peter O'Toole and Omar Shariff. A blast from the past. Sounds great!

Next thing, we need a movie about Jael and Sisera.


15 posted on 09/19/2006 8:41:40 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Alouette
Has anyone heard of this movie? Supposedly the producers are religious Christians, so the movie should be scripturally accurate.

Well, accurate so far as their limited understanding permits (being unfortunately ignorant of Jewish oral tradition).

For example, why wouldn't the movie be released nearer to Purim?

16 posted on 09/19/2006 8:43:24 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Vayehi `erev, vayehi voqer--Yom Sheni!)
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To: Red Badger

Actually, John Rhys-Davies is Mordecai! This is a great story in the Bible. I hope they do it justice on the screen. And I really, really like JRD.


17 posted on 09/19/2006 8:46:19 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Alouette

bookmark


18 posted on 09/19/2006 8:48:16 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: twigs

Then O'Toole is who?........


19 posted on 09/19/2006 8:49:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Cicero

The old "Tent peg" through the head was an intresting form of "whacking" a bad guy, no? LOL!


20 posted on 09/19/2006 8:50:58 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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For example, why wouldn't the movie be released nearer to Purim?

My thoughts exactly! It's like releasing a Christmas movie in August!..........

21 posted on 09/19/2006 8:51:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Alouette

A movie for such a time as this?


22 posted on 09/19/2006 8:53:48 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Alouette

Here's the "official" tee shirt design.......

23 posted on 09/19/2006 8:54:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Alouette

Awesome! I love the story of Esther.
Beauty & brains.


24 posted on 09/19/2006 8:56:24 AM PDT by b9 ("the [evil Marxist liberal socialist Democrat Party] alternative is unthinkable" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
accurate so far as their limited understanding permits (being unfortunately ignorant of Jewish oral tradition).

I'm sure that it will be better than Hollyweird's interpretation.

BTW, I finally got around to watching the Israeli Sukkot movie "Ushpizin" which was billed as the "first Ultra-Orthodox movie ever produced." It's very good.

25 posted on 09/19/2006 8:58:46 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 119: 97-176)
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To: Alouette

Well, the 50s movie starring Joan Collins didn't do the story justice. Joan "couldn't" look bad for the cameras, ya know. Being a peasant? Heaven forbid! However, I remember a book called "Behold Your Queen" in my small rural school library that I enjoyed so much when I was a teenager. Even the Bible story of Esther didn't tell the story as good as this book. Another 50s/early 60s movie about the biblical Ruth and Naomi starring Stuart Whitman as Boaz was good, much better than the Joan Collins movie. This movie of Ruth provided an insight into the ancient Jewish law and tradition.


26 posted on 09/19/2006 9:00:16 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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Is the movie as good as the Luther film a couple years back?


27 posted on 09/19/2006 9:00:45 AM PDT by blue-duncan
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To: lilylangtree
Being a peasant? Heaven forbid!

Esther and Mordecai were not peasants, being descendants of the royal family of Saul. Even though David replaced Saul as King, his family continued to be honored as royalty and nobility.

28 posted on 09/19/2006 9:03:12 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 119: 97-176)
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To: justche

I was invited to view a short premier of the movie last week. It was a terrific action film and very well done. Sometimes Christian movies aren't quite as "polished" and professionally produced as others but this one was excellent. After viewing the preview I certainly plan to see the movie when it's released the middle of October.


29 posted on 09/19/2006 9:03:59 AM PDT by cowdog77 ("Tell me, are there any men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: Red Badger

Samuel. This is a good link. It gives info about the movie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430431/


30 posted on 09/19/2006 9:05:11 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Buggman; xzins; Corin Stormhands; P-Marlowe; Alamo-Girl

Is the movie as good as the Luther film a couple years back?


31 posted on 09/19/2006 9:06:25 AM PDT by blue-duncan
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To: Alouette

Never heard of it before now. Not sure where the appeal's going to be, unless it's to the female movie-goer.


32 posted on 09/19/2006 9:21:26 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Colossians 2:6)
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To: mtbopfuyn

He has been "preserved".


33 posted on 09/19/2006 9:21:41 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Obadiah

It has a Persian theme..


34 posted on 09/19/2006 9:23:24 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Nightshift

ping


35 posted on 09/19/2006 9:26:37 AM PDT by tutstar (Baptist ping list-freepmail to get on or off)
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To: Alouette; Salem; RoadTest; Esther Ruth; M. Espinola; F15Eagle

I haven't heard of this movie.

Salem, Esther Ruth, M. Espinola, RoadTest, and F15Eagle - have any of you heard of this movie?


36 posted on 09/19/2006 9:26:42 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Regarding islam: Osculate meas Sanctas Romanas nates (with thanks to Alouette for translation))
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To: blue-duncan; xzins; Corin Stormhands; P-Marlowe; Alamo-Girl

Unfortunately, I never got around to seeing Luther, so I don't have a point of comparison.


37 posted on 09/19/2006 9:28:43 AM PDT by Buggman (http://brit-chadasha.blogspot.com)
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To: cowdog77

That's great! (I think "we're" doing better in polishing things to compete!)


38 posted on 09/19/2006 9:56:35 AM PDT by justche (If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Alouette

First reference I have seen. Which probably means that the DNC and the Hollyweirdos are scared to death that it will be accurate and will succeed.


39 posted on 09/19/2006 11:46:43 AM PDT by unionblue83 (Duty is ours; consequences are God's. -- Stonewall Jackson.)
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To: Red Badger

An RN that I used to work with had a Korean connection and got cigarettes by the case from there. Anyway, the cigarettes were Omar Sharif brand and said something like "Smooth and cool like me -- Omar Sharif"


40 posted on 09/19/2006 11:48:43 AM PDT by unionblue83 (Duty is ours; consequences are God's. -- Stonewall Jackson.)
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To: blue-duncan
Luther was great. I have heard of this one, I haven't seen it yet.

There is another one coming out which I have screened. It's very good, and appropriate for kids as well. Check it out. It hits theaters at the end of this month.

FACING THE GIANTS


41 posted on 09/19/2006 11:49:45 AM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (There's a fine, fine line between a stoat and a sporkweasel.)
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To: Red Badger

Here's the ad quote: Omar Sharif cigarettes.

"The taste of my cigarettes is soft and sensual, just like my romantic life."


42 posted on 09/19/2006 11:51:24 AM PDT by unionblue83 (Duty is ours; consequences are God's. -- Stonewall Jackson.)
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To: unionblue83

Omar was a Hollywood Hearthrob back in his young days, sorta like Brad Pitt is today.........


43 posted on 09/19/2006 11:53:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: unionblue83

44 posted on 09/19/2006 11:53:37 AM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (There's a fine, fine line between a stoat and a sporkweasel.)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

Sharif works a lot in the ME so he kind of disappears. Thinking of him makes me think of Julie Christie. What a world class hottie she was. Lara.


45 posted on 09/19/2006 11:56:41 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Freedom of religion means freedom to practice IslamŽ)
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To: justche
Me too, especially when Mordecai tells Esther (regarding her ability to save her own people, the Jews), "For such a time as this, you were born."

As a Christian, I love telling others this story. It is not about the usual femi-nazi psychobabble, it is about a religious, devout young woman, placed in a position at a specific time to save her own people, by God.

46 posted on 09/19/2006 11:58:04 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Hey! It's time for the High Holy Days. They snuck up on me. Happy Rosh Hashanah, early.


47 posted on 09/19/2006 11:58:49 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Freedom of religion means freedom to practice IslamŽ)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Well, we can always ask our Messanic Jewish friends to enlighten us.

Thanks for the head's up on your preferred date of release.

48 posted on 09/19/2006 12:00:30 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Cicero
Next thing, we need a movie about Jael and Sisera.

What? A tent stake through his head? WAAYY too gory for the PC among us, but what a kick-butt way to treat the enemies of Israel. ;) Jael was smart and brave. Glass of milk indeed.

49 posted on 09/19/2006 12:02:34 PM PDT by madison10
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To: blue-duncan
From what I've seen (trailers, cuts on TBN), this is going to be excellent!

John Rhys-Davies is great as Mordecai. He plays it exactly like it should be. The guy that plays Baltar on "Battlestar Galactica" is the actor who portrays Haman..and he is utterly evil! John Noble (Lord Denethor in "Lord of the Rings") plays a Persian prince/lord.

The scenery is exquisite, and the storyline follows the Book of Esther fairly closely. The film is not technically from Esther, but from a book by Tommy Tenney, "One Night with the King" (the film's title).

Sadly, although the film is going to be quite good (unlike the other films Matt Crouch has produced), it'll go nowhere...because Hollywood won't support it. Even though it's a strong Jewish story, the elite of Hollywood will have nothing to to with it because it was made by a Christian.

I would recommend everyone to see this film...not because it's by a Christian filmmaker, but because this honestly looks like a fantastic movie!
50 posted on 09/19/2006 12:07:18 PM PDT by hoagy62 (America: SUPREME!)
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