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Esther and the King

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The wife of Persian King Ajasueuis has been murdered and a beautiful young Jewish woman Esther is selected to be queen. Trouble awaits Esther and her people however villainous Haman the king s first minister plot to take over the throne and remove all Jews from the land. Esther perseveres through trying times while remaining loyal to her husband and it is her patience and loyalty that makes this biblical story an inspiration for young and old alike.System Requirements:Running Time: 109 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA/REDEMPTION UPC: 879431000459 Manufacturer No: MAC45

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joan Collins, Richard Egan
  • Directors: MC Film
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJMK0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Esther and the King" on IMDb

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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on September 30, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It is a bit unfair to compare this joint US/Italian epic production from 1960 with the other blockbusters being produced around this time like "Ben Hur", and "Cleopatra", however as a smaller scale effort in this genre there is much to like about "Esther and the King". The late 50's and early 60's were a boom time for these types of productions when alot of film work was being done in Rome rather than in Hollywood because of the lower costs and tax benefits. While this film is very loosely based on the Old Testament book of Esther, it could never be said to adhere to historical fact or chronology and features actors who certainly dont fit the racial groups present in the areas where the story takes place. Those things aside I still consider it a respectable if not spectacular effort that is sincerely played and is blessed with terrific location photography courtesy of the legendary Mario Bava, stunning costumes and richly drawn technicolour all wrapped up in terrific cinemascope. Richard Egan, a veteran of 1950's epic productions and Joan Collins play the two lead characters in this story and actually make an interesting team while never for one moment looking like ancient Persians. Egan in particular at least visually is very miscast but he does still manage to add some depth to his character of King Ahasuerus.

Taking place in the fifth Century BC "Esther and the King", relates the story of the all conquering King Ahasuerus of Persia who is better known in history as Xerxes, a very famous name in Persian history. We see the great Persian Empire at the peak of its all conquering brilliance with as the narration in the prologue informs us, an empire that stretches from India to Ethiopia.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Voelkel on June 22, 2006
Format: DVD
Contentwise, I won't toss darts OR roses. This is genre stuff. You either like it or you don't. My beef is with the technical quality. It is execrable. (1) It is NOT in widescreen (Cinemascope), which it ought to be for a biblical spectacular. There is simply no excuse for cranking out a full-screen treatment in a DVD issued in the year 2000. (2) The so-called "digital remastering" must be kitchen-table grade, because the shapes are fuzzy, colors oversaturated, visuals mushy. This DVD should be withdrawn from the market and a new widescreen version substituted. I get better quality from my VHS of this movie than the DVD I purchased. Lousy lousy lousy, as I said.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lucia Zablah Siri on October 15, 2009
Format: DVD
This is definitely NOT the biblical story of Queen Esther and the King.

If you are looking for a hollywood classic that is not true to the bible, then this might be for you.

If what you are seeking is for a movie of the story of Queen Esther this is NOT the product for you! The only thing it has in common with the bible story are the names! In this case I would suggest you purchase The Bible - Esther or One Night With the King

If you need examples of why this movie is not bibilical at all, let me explain (WARNING: SPOILER IN THE NEXT SENTENCES):

I was shocked when in the first ten minutes of the movie, there was a scene of adultery committed between Vashti and Haman! When the king returns from war, he is greeted by "Lord Mordecai"!!(??) then, in the celebration in the palace, Queen Vashti danced in a bikini like a regular Shakira in front of all the guests, and ended the dance in front of the king, in defiance, ripping off her top!! The king, angered, later orders a servant to smother Vashti with a pillow and kill her!! All this in the first 25 mins of the movie!! Need I say more???
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this movie eons ago as a child and never forgot it. I only remembered bits and pieces of the film. I searched Amazon.com for months to find it, but couldn't. Then suddenly....there it was! Esther and the King! I purchased it at once. The film was just as I remembered. The only problem with the DVD is the audio. You cannot hear the dialogue clearly and with no subtitles it's hard to pick up what's going on. I hope they can re-release it with a better audio track.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
Format: DVD
IS 'ESTHER AND THE KING' THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN? NO. The movie "Haunted Honeymoon", (a horror movie turned horrIBLE movie -- and a movie I have also reviewed, here on Amazon), must take that infamous place. But "Esther And The King" runs a very close second!

There is no orderly beauty-contest to choose a new Queen in this movie. No -- damsels are snatched off the streets! Esther is here shown at her wedding....when she is captured. Haman is not a cruel, older man, here...but a cruel younger one, (with lecherous designs on the new Queen!( Mordechai is shown in prison, (!), and raises his chained arms in a very corny display. But the worst thing I remember about this movie, (I saw it when it first played in the movies....and have stayed away -- FAR away -- from it ever since) -- is that the CLIMACTIC scene, wherein Esther risks her life for her people, by appearing, unbidden, before the King, NEVER TAKES PLACE! I mean, HOW expensive could it have been, to provide a few corridors, and a very long throne room for this, one of the Old Testament's most dramatic moments?

After I had first seen this movie, I was shocked -- and double-shocked. My friends told me it was the "Persian Version" -- to which I replied I suspected I now knew why the Shah was deposed.

This is a very, very bad, and excruciatingly corny movie. The actors, (especially Richard Eagen and Joan Collins), do try, and try very hard, to make it work. But with a script as bad as this, even Sir Laurence Olivier couldn't have made it involving, believable, or un-embarrassing.

The much later movie, "ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING", (reviewed as well, by me for Amazon), is better -- but not much.
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