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Noah's Ark

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Overview

The biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood gets a decidedly unusual retelling in this film, produced as a two-part TV movie and first aired on NBC in May 1999. Noah Jon Voight is an ordinary laborer who one day begins receiving messages from God. It seems the Lord has a special assignment for him: since God is planning on destroying the world with a massive flood, he wants Noah to build a giant ark and fill it with one male and one female of each animal on earth. So why Noah of all people? As God tells him, ...
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Overview

The biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood gets a decidedly unusual retelling in this film, produced as a two-part TV movie and first aired on NBC in May 1999. Noah Jon Voight is an ordinary laborer who one day begins receiving messages from God. It seems the Lord has a special assignment for him: since God is planning on destroying the world with a massive flood, he wants Noah to build a giant ark and fill it with one male and one female of each animal on earth. So why Noah of all people? As God tells him, "You fit the bill. Good times, bad times, you believe in me." And why a 500-foot-long ark? "I think big! I made the world in seven days!" Joining Noah on the trip of a lifetime is his wife Naamah Mary Steenburgen; those not invited along for the ride are F. Murray Abraham as Lot, Carol Kane as his wife Sarah, and James Coburn as a peddler. Some video versions run 140 minutes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • UPC: 707729112310
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: HALLMARK
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Voight Noah
Mary Steenburgen Naamah
F. Murray Abraham Lot
Carol Kane Sarah
James Coburn The Peddler
Mark Bazeley Shem
Jonathan Cake Japheth
Alexis Denisof Ham
Emily Mortimer Esther
Sydney Poitier Ruth
Sonya Walger Miriam
Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Peter Barnes Screenwriter
Leslie Binns Production Designer
Marion Boyce Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Burgess Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Crafford Editor
Ernest D. Farino Special Effects Supervisor
Maura Fay Casting
Paul Grabowsky Score Composer
Robert Halmi Sr. Executive Producer
Stephen Jones Producer
Lynn Kressel Casting
Michael Molloy Cinematographer
Joyce Nettles Casting
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2000

    Worst Biblical Epic Of All Time

    An all-star cast and the people behind some of the better recent TV mini-series have produced an astonishingly awful mess that will infuriate believers and confuse everyone else. First, in what can only be described as extraordinary disrepect for the source material (no one would do this to Shakespeare!), the stories of Noah and that of Abraham and Lot have been combined into nonsense. Second, with the exception of F. Murray Abraham who gives a controversial but interesting portrait of Lot as the man who wasn't worth saving, no one in this movie seems to know what they are doing! Jon Voight spends the entire film with a confused, cross-eyed expression that makes him look like he has just been hit in the head with a two-by-four. Mary Steenburgen spends the entire movie as the longsuffering ''sane'' one everyone depends on, patiently supporting her possibly crazy husband, except for her truly embarrassing ''crazy'' scene on board the ark. Carol Kane plays Lot's wife as such a shrew, the audience will cheer when she is turned into a pillar of salt! James Coburn is wasted in an utterly pointless role. The young actors and actresses playing Noah's sons and daughters-in-law are mostly wasted in undeveloped parts, and the actor who plays the Voice of God plays Him as a cruel smart-aleck! Worst of all, though, is the story itself. Unable to decide whether to produce an apocalyptic drama or a gentle family comedy, the filmmakers chose to do both, alternating between bad Disney-like comedy scenes and terrifying scenes of destruction. A final battle between Noah's family and Lot's Waterworld refugees starts out brimming with menace and degenerates into slapstick comedy. The problem of breeding on board the ark is solved by having God deliver the insane commandment that the four married couples must avoid having sex for the duration as an example! This plot device is introduced, argued about, made light of, threatened with violation, and then ultimately dropped like everything else resembling an idea in this disaster! Since everyone in this movie is clearly trying their best, it is amazing to see it go so badly wrong. If you can get through the unintentionally funny ''everyone goes crazy'' scene on board the Ark without laughing at the stupidity and amateurishness of it all, you are a better man than I am. Only the special effects rise to the level of adequate. We should consider ourselves fortunate that God promised never to destroy the Earth again with a flood; otherwise, this film ALONE could be considered just cause!

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Very interesting

    Although a bit stretched the story keeps you moving i enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    An Abomination

    This is got to be the worst movie I have ever reviewed it has no Biblical authority what so ever and the acting is terrible beyond compare. I really cannot believe that supposedly being a Christian that Jon Voight would take part in something this bad and is a dishonor to GOD'S Holy Word ! They would have us believe that Noah was witness to the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when it was Abraham who was the one GOD told He would destroy those cities and Abraham was Lot's uncle not Noah. I wish that I could rate this movie 0 stars as it truly doesn't deserve the one star rating.I hope all who truly Love the Lord JESUS CHRIST and GOD Almighty will seriously think twice before purchasing or renting this movie if you Love the TRUTH of GOD'S Word you will be insulted by this piece of trash. There are so many good Christian movies out there to watch this one certainly isn't worth the waste of time it takes to watch, especially with it's total lack of Biblical accuracy ! May GOD forgive those who produced this piece of cinematic trash.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Slap-in-the-Face Film

    It is sad enough the writers couldn't get the historical data in chronological order. Then to go on and portray Noah as a man short of being a lunitic. The film makers took a wonderful opportunity and turned it into a circus!

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