Joseph

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This television miniseries recounts the biblical story of Joseph, the 11th son of the Hebrew patriarch, Jacob. Joseph (Paul Mercurio) has an extraordinary gift: the ability to interpret dreams. He also enjoys the special favor of his father. One day, Jacob (Martin Landau) presents his son a splendid coat as evidence of his deep affection for him. Envious, his brothers sell Joseph into bondage to an Egyptian. But Joseph eventually rises out of slavery after he interprets a troublesome dream of Pharaoh (Stefano ...
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Overview

This television miniseries recounts the biblical story of Joseph, the 11th son of the Hebrew patriarch, Jacob. Joseph (Paul Mercurio) has an extraordinary gift: the ability to interpret dreams. He also enjoys the special favor of his father. One day, Jacob (Martin Landau) presents his son a splendid coat as evidence of his deep affection for him. Envious, his brothers sell Joseph into bondage to an Egyptian. But Joseph eventually rises out of slavery after he interprets a troublesome dream of Pharaoh (Stefano Dionisi) as a sign that Egypt will experience seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Impressed by Joseph's strange powers, Pharaoh elevates him to the highest government position in Egypt next to Pharaoh's. Then Joseph wisely directs Egypt to store grain during the years of plenty. Finally, after famine strikes, Egypt sets bountiful tables as before, but other lands suffer severe deprivation. Jacob sends Joseph's brothers to Egypt for grain. After gaining an audience with the esteemed Joseph, they do not recognize him. So much time has passed, after all. And who could imagine that their own brother, a mere Hebrew slave, could have cast off his yoke and ascended to such heights of power? As the film moves toward its conclusion, viewers wonder whether Joseph will hold his brothers to account for their wrongdoing -- or reconcile with them and renew familial relationships.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1995 television adaptation of the Old Testament story of Joseph is surely among the finest productions ever made about the Book of Genesis. Skillfully blending forceful acting, strong character development, beautiful cinematography, and a script that pays meticulous attention to the biblical account, the production re-creates this famous story of enmity, suffering, and triumphal love in a way that is both moving and engrossing. Two previous Oscar-winners deliver outstanding performances -- Martin Landau as Joseph's father, Jacob, and Ben Kingsley as Pharaoh's chief steward, Potiphar -- helping to elevate Paul Mercurio (Joseph) and Vincenzo Nicoli (Joseph's envious brother, Simeon) to their high level of acting. Thanks to careful research, the film has the look, feel, and sound of the Bible era, at least as envisioned by modern scholars, even though it was filmed in south central Morocco on the Sahara side of the Atlas Mountains. But while achieving its sense of realism, the production avoids the glitter and pomp of past biblical epics; it is restrained, tasteful, true to life. Here is one film that biblical scholars, historians, and men and women of faith can all enjoy in their own ways. Director Robert Young deserves high marks for demonstrating that a television production can equal -- indeed, surpass -- the best of the big-screen religious productions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • UPC: 053939689525
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,609

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Potiphar
Paul Mercurio Joseph
Valeria Cavalli
Warren Clarke
Stefano Dionisi Pharao
Alice Krige
Martin Landau Jacob
Dominique Sanda
Lesley Ann Warren Potiphar's wife
Technical Credits
Roger M. Young Director
Paolo Biagetti Production Designer
James Carrington Screenwriter
Lionel Chetwynd Screenwriter
Raffaele Mertes Cinematographer
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Benjamin A. Weissman Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bible Collection: Joseph
1. Potiphar [7:15]
2. Pious Slave [10:09]
3. Special Treatment [5:02]
4. Accused [6:48]
5. Innocence Lost [11:58]
6. Vengeance and Pain [11:44]
7. Reuben's Mistake [4:11]
8. Loyal and Deserving [4:19]
9. Joseph's Dreams [9:10]
10. Brotherly Hate [7:51]
11. Egypt or Death [4:10]
12. Promoted to Prison [9:21]
13. Prisoners [5:00]
14. Widower in Canaan [1:25]
15. The Interpreter [5:50]
16. Desperate Measures [5:55]
17. Pharaoh's Dreams [8:01]
18. The Savior [10:53]
19. Prosperity [8:56]
20. Famine [3:40]
21. Recognition [4:22]
22. Honest Men? [10:51]
23. Brotherhood [14:34]
24. Father and Sons [7:13]
25. End Credits [4:41]
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Disc #1 -- The Bible Collection: Joseph
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining and educational.

    A great way to learn the story of a man betrayed by family then to rise and became the most powerful man of Egypt. A wonderful addition to the story of God's plan of salvation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Biblically accurate and entertaining

    This is a great movie. I usually avoid 'Bible' movies, due to the fact that most directors like to take so many inaccurate liberties with them. This one avoids that admirably; the stellar cast's acting is great (Ben Kingsley is awesome), and I've bought this one as a gift for several friends and family. Check out the others in the series too -- Abraham, Jacob, Moses, (and maybe Isaac??).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    Great Movie!

    Joseph is a great movie and I recommend it to everyone who has read or heard of the story of Joseph. I am glad that in the movie they portray Joseph as a real human as he was, and not just some Bible character. It made me feel like I was there! It helps me to realize all of the temptation that people can go through and all of the hardships. It is very well-made!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Top movie, Joseph!

    Joseph, been my name and enjoying the movie to the full, is an excellent one to be seen & recommended as a Bible student that I am. It makes you travel by those ancient times and live these events as they were occurring. His endurance, forgiveness, compassion & justice, is worthy of imitating. Truly an outstanding & the best movie to see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    ''The Joseph story as it was meant to be told!''

    This account of the Joseph story is as good as it gets! I teach ancient history and civilizations, and have an earned doctorate in theology. I say this only to lend perspective to this review. This film is Biblically accurate, well-acted, and the producer and director are to be praised for the sound Biblical reasearch! Although some of the sexually explicit (though historically accurate) scenes should be screened from the very young, this film is an ideal platform from which teens can search out characteristics of moral uprightness in a character of whom the Bible has not one negative thing to say! Kingsley (as he did in 'Moses') steals the show, and Mercurio does an admirable job as Joseph. Only Leslie Ann Warren (Potipher's wife) seems to strain as an actor, nevertheless, her performance detracts little from the drama. Especially capable are the actors portraying Joseph's wicked brothers, with Vincenzo Nicoli sterling is his performance as the wicked Simeon. Having watched the film dozens of times with adults--as well as with my middle-schoolers in the classroom, I can say that the greatest of Bible stories is captured in all its power, pathos, and glory. Although creating a few anachronistic vignettes (such as Joseph's 'foreshadowing' Christ's ''My God, my God...'' speech from the Egyptian prison), the film also captures all of the great ironies of the Joseph story. When Mercurio tenderly reveals himself as the second most powerful man in the ancient world--to the brothers who hated him as a youth, the words 'I am Joseph' will not fail to bring even the most calloused heart to tears. As my students synthesized the thirty or so characteristics of moral goodness extant in Joseph into an essay, one asked why no such heroes existed today. The question revealed both the effectiveness of this presentation, and the dearth of role models in our society. 'Joseph' is both gripping in narration, and brilliant its direction. It is faithful to Scripture and well-acted. It is THE finest of the TNT productions to date, of which only one ('Jacob') was a failure. Everyone will appreciate this wonderful story of forgiveness, but those those who are looking for the 'hidden things of Christ' cannot miss the poignant messianic threads which are so skillfully woven through the life of Joseph. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    ''Gripping and Accurate--Joseph as it was meant to be told!''

    As a teacher of ancient history with a doctorate in Biblical theology, I can say--without hesitation, this account of the Joseph story is as good as it gets! Although some of the sexually explicit (though historically accurate) scenes should be screened from the very young, this film is an ideal platform from which teens can search out characteristics of moral uprightness in a character of whom the Bible has not one negative thing to say! Kingsley (as he did in 'Moses') steals the show, and Mercurio does an admirable job as Joseph. Especially capable are the actors portraying Joseph's wicked brothers, with Vincenzo Nicoli sterling is his performance as the wicked Simeon. Having watched the film dozens of times with adults--as well as with my middle-schoolers in the classroom, I can say that the greatest of Bible stories is captured in all its power, pathos, and glory. Although creating a few anachronistic vignettes (such as Joseph's 'foreshadowing' Christ's ''My God, my God...'' speech from the Egyptian prison), the film also captures all of the great ironies of the Joseph story. When Mercurio tenderly reveals himself as the second most powerful man in the ancient world--to the brothers who hated him as a youth, the words 'I am Joseph' will not fail to bring even the most calloused heart to tears. As my students synthesized the thirty or so characteristics of moral goodness extant in Joseph into an essay, one asked why no such heroes existed today. The question revealed both the effectiveness of this presentation, and the dearth of role models in our society. 'Joseph' is both gripping in narration, and brilliant its direction. It is faithful to Scripture and well-acted. It is THE finest of the TNT productions to date, of which only one ('Jacob') was a failure. Everyone will appreciate this wonderful story of forgiveness, but those those who are looking for the 'hidden things of Christ' cannot miss the poignant messianic threads which are so skillfully woven through the life of Joseph. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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    Posted April 16, 2010

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