Story of Ruth

The Story of Ruth

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Director: Henry Koster

Cast: Henry Koster, Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood

     
 

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This Biblical epic stars Elana Eden as Ruth, who serves in the temple where the High Priestess (Viveca Lindfors) leads the worship of the Pagan idols of the people of Moab. When Ruth falls in love with Mahlon (Tom Tryon), a Hebrew, she must come to terms with his spiritual beliefs, but in time she embraces his faith and converts to Judaism when they marry. Ruth

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This Biblical epic stars Elana Eden as Ruth, who serves in the temple where the High Priestess (Viveca Lindfors) leads the worship of the Pagan idols of the people of Moab. When Ruth falls in love with Mahlon (Tom Tryon), a Hebrew, she must come to terms with his spiritual beliefs, but in time she embraces his faith and converts to Judaism when they marry. Ruth travels with Mahlon and his mother Naomi (Peggy Wood) to their homeland of Bethlehem. Ruth suffers hardship and religious persecution, and when Mahlon dies, Ruth's faith is severely tested. But her belief in God survives this trial by fire, and in time Ruth finds a new love with Boaz (Stuart Whitman).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Story of Ruth deserves points for trying to be something different, namely an intimate Biblical spectacular. Most films in this genre, whether they are beloved or reviled by a particular viewer, are notable for their lavishness: even those who can't stand them tend to get caught up at least in the sheer spectacle. Since this emphasis on spectacle often causes the film to lose track of character development, it's laudable that Ruth, while hardly a cheap picture, makes a concerted effort to keep its crowds manageable and its special effects in hand so that its story and the characters involved can be thrown into focus. Unfortunately, Ruth's Biblical source is slight and very thin, necessitating the creation of a history and a backstory for all the characters involved, and here the filmmakers fall short of their goals. Rather than concocting a vivid story and human characters, they fall back on trite situations and flimsy personalities. Still, the earnestness and sincerity of director Henry Koster and screenwriter Norman Corwin does comes through, and that will be more than enough for many viewers. In the title role, Elana Eden is very attractive but doesn't score many dramatic points; although he's better, much the same could also be said of Tom Tryon. Stuart Whitman is much better as Boaz, and Peggy Wood is excellent as Ruth's mother-in-law.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
UPC:
0024543228936
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
5,123

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stuart Whitman Boaz
Tom Tryon Mahlon
Peggy Wood Naomi
Viveca Lindfors Eleilat
Jeff Morrow Tob
Elana Eden Ruth
Thayer David Hedak
Les Tremayne Elimelech
Eduard Franz Jehoam
Lili Valenty Kera
John Gabriel Chilion
Ziva Rodann Orpah
Basil Ruysdael Shammah
John Banner King of Moab
Inez Pedroza Iduma
Sara Taft Eska
Jean Innes Hagah
Berry Kroeger Huphim
Jon Silo Tacher
Robert Adler Actor
Ben A. Astar Actor
Donald Diamond Yomar
Leo Fuchs Sochin
Charles Horvath Actor
Anthony Jochim Actor
Ralph Moody Actor
Charles Wagenheim Actor
Kelton Garwood Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Norman Corwin Screenwriter
Danni Dassa Choreography
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Jack W. Holmes Editor
John W. Holmes Editor
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Story of Ruth
1. Sold/Main Titles [4:54]
2. Blemished [2:15]
3. Invisible God [4:28]
4. Creator of All [2:23]
5. Priestess [1:31]
6. Crushed Like Insects [4:02]
7. Filled With Doubt [1:14]
8. Sacrifice of a Virgin [5:37]
9. Life Sentence [1:24]
10. Purification [2:31]
11. Into the Light [3:06]
12. The Pain of Caring [1:08]
13. Road to Bethlehem [2:27]
14. Return to Judah [4:13]
15. The Moabitess [5:03]
16. Kinsmen [1:49]
17. Long, Hard History [5:26]
18. Council of the Elders [4:35]
19. Naomi's Prayer [1:57]
20. Trial [4:21]
21. Betrothal [6:15]
22. A Promise Kept [4:30]
23. The Law [2:15]
24. Wedding Day/End Titles [9:11]
31. Chapter 31 [3:28]
32. Chapter 32 [4:28]
34. Chapter 34 [6:53]
36. Chapter 36 [5:01]
37. Chapter 37 [1:22]
38. Chapter 38 [6:19]
40. Chapter 40 [3:49]
41. Chapter 41 [2:27]
42. Chapter 42 [6:12]

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The Story of Ruth 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully done epic of the Bible story of Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David! I love the story, the cast and the moral content, a must have for any believer!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great family movie without gore or violence. A story of love, family and faith has always been inspiring to me when watching this movie since I was a little girl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie, interesting story. I cannot wait for it to be on DVD.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great and wonderful movie, the best of my collection...
TamarTK More than 1 year ago
The problem was not persay the Movie itself, because this was a DVD that I really wanted to see. Unfortuanately, I have not been able to watch the movie. It was ok through the Previews...but when you got to the movie it started sticking and would not play. I thought maybe the disc was dirty or scratched....but I did not see anything. I even put it into a DVD cleaner...but even that did not help. I think I got a bad DVD. I thought about sending it back....but I thought it was more hassel than it was worth to not only pay for the shipping....but also to take the time. It really is unfortunate that I have not been able to see the movie yet. I may buy another one.....but if I experience the same thing....I do not know that I would buy those kind of things online again and I do not think you can buy them in the store. They have a very limited selection and would have to order it too.