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Jeremiah (1998)

Patrick Dempsey , Oliver Reed , Harry Winer  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Patrick Dempsey, Oliver Reed, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Vincent Regan, Leonor Varela
  • Directors: Harry Winer
  • Writers: Harry Winer
  • Producers: Lorenzo Minoli, Luca Bernabei, Paolo Lucidi, Paolo Piria
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003A6WZXG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jeremiah" on IMDb

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The overwhelming conclusion of this 94-minute movie is that being a prophet is tough. Jeremiah (Patrick Dempsey) is repeatedly imprisoned and beaten, dropped into a muddy well face first, and forced to witness the stabbing death of his fiancée. And all for repeating messages from God, most of them urging the Judeans to submit to Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Dempsey gives an earnest performance, ably assisted by a strong supporting cast. Writer-director Harry Winer spends the first part of the film on Jeremiah's formative years of visions, moving on to his contentious relationship with King Zedekiah, who ultimately--and tragically--listened to his general (Oliver Reed) rather than the prophet. This bleak film ends with the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians and Jeremiah's self-comforting thought that the city will rise again. Parents should be aware of some disturbing violence: in addition to Jeremiah's fiancée's murder, Zedekiah sees his sons fatally stabbed before he is killed. --Kimberly Heinrichs

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The story of the prophet who abandons his family and the woman he loves, in order to relay God’s message in Jerusalem. Although he is persecuted and branded as a traitor for warning others of the destruction of the Holy City, he continues fearlessly with his mission. When his prophecy is fulfilled, he experiences first-hand Jerusalem’s destruction by the Babylonians. Starring two-time Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Dempsey (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Made of Honor) as Jeremiah, Oscar® nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer (Best Supporting Actor, Out of Africa, 1985) as King Nebuchadnezzar, and Oliver Reed (Gladiator, Tommy) as General Safan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Creatively Accurate August 14, 2010
Format:DVD
This film demonstrates the tremendous power movies have to inspire and instruct. The production team of Jeremiah did an excellent job of taking a 52 chapter book of the Bible and condensing it accurately to film. The dialogue is Scriptural, creative, and inspiring. The acting is superb. The sets, costumes, and effects are all realistic. But what sets this film apart from other Biblical stories on film is that while some liberties were taken with characters and dialogue, they were both believable and in-line with Scripture. One example ? The character of "Judith". Basically, this young woman is the wife-to-be of Jeremiah. They have a tender relationship, share some adventures together, but never marry. Why ? In the book of Jeremiah, God tells him that he will never marry because of the terrible wrath and destruction the Babylonian armies will bring upon Israel. In creating this character, the writers make the audience feel the pain and devastation such an unction from God would bring--far more than if he had no romantic ties whatsoever. But Judith represents even more. In creating this character, the writers brought to life a living metaphor for all good and lovely things God wanted to give His people to enjoy in their lives--had they been faithful to His commandments. Without this faithfulness to God, He could not bless them with all the good things He loves to bring upon His people. This is just one example of a 'liberty' the writers took that, contrary to most uses of this, greatly enhanced the characters and enriched the story. A definite "must see", for both Jew and Gentile.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth" March 3, 2004
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This film is an excellent telling of Jeremiah's life, and although time has been compressed, and some fictitious characters added to fill out the scenario, the heart of this part of biblical history is intact, and follows the accounts given in The Book of Jeremiah, II Kings 23-25, and II Chronicles 34-36.
Some of the additions: The lovely "Judith" (Lenor Varela) as an early love interest, and "General Safan", played by that lionesque man, Oliver Reed, as one of Jeremiah's adversaries, and someone who consistently gives bad advice to the king.
Among the omissions: Jeremiah's good years, when he was a friend and confidant to the devout King Josiah, which ended in 609 B.C. with the Josiah's death.
Jeremiah was older when most of the events that take place in this film occur, and had been ministering since 627 B.C.
The film starts with the finding the scriptures, which King Josiah reads to the people, and a young Jeremiah, "I cannot speak, for I am only a youth" (Jer. 1:6).
Sixteen years elapse, and in some of the following scenes, Jehoiakim (Josiah's son) is king, and the constant and brutal persecution of Jeremiah begins.
Patrick Dempsey is wonderful as Jeremiah, and also Stuart Bunce as his faithful scribe Baruch (it is Baruch who in all probability recorded The Book of Jeremiah).
Enter Nebuchadnezzar, played with gusto by Klaus Maria Brandauer. This is one nasty guy, but he is the instrument to complete Jeremiah's prophesies, with his armies sacking and burning the temple (in 586 B.C.) and the ensuing famine in the land. Nebuchadnezzar takes Jehoiakim's son and succesor Jehoiachin captive, and and places his uncle Zedekiah (formerly known as Mattaniah) as king.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical, Creative, Inspiring August 12, 2001
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This film demonstrates the tremendous power movies have to inspire and instruct. The production team of Jeremiah did an excellent job of taking a 52 chapter book of the Bible and condensing it accurately to film. The dialogue is Scriptural, creative, and inspiring. The acting is superb. The sets, costumes, and effects are all realistic. But what sets this film apart from other Biblical stories on film is that while some liberties were taken with characters and dialogue, they were both believable and in-line with Scripture. One example ? The character of "Judith". Basically, this young woman is the wife-to-be of Jeremiah. They have a tender relationship, share some adventures together, but never marry. Why ? In the book of Jeremiah, God tells him that he will never marry because of the terrible wrath and destruction the Babylonian armies will bring upon Israel. In creating this character, the writers make the audience feel the pain and devastation such an unction from God would bring--far more than if he had no romantic ties whatsoever. But Judith represents even more. In creating this character, the writers brought to life a living metaphor for all good and lovely things God wanted to give His people to enjoy in their lives--had they been faithful to His commandments. Without this faithfulness to God, He could not bless them with all the good things He loves to bring upon His people. This is just one example of a 'liberty' the writers took that, contrary to most uses of this, greatly enhanced the characters and enriched the story. A definite "must see", for both Jew and Gentile.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The character with creative license April 12, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I was not aware that Bible stories were being revisited by movie studios anymore. From the previews of this video, I see that Trimark has made movies of Genesis, Esther, Solomon, Jeremiah, and Jesus. These are all part of a series.
If the other films are like this one, there is a bit of creative license. The book in the Bible deals more with the prophecies from God that Jeremiah told the people of Israel. We get very little about the man. In the movie, however, the writers have given him more of a background. They also provide him with a love interest, and we also see some of his childhood. He also has a couple of helpers including a scribe and a eunuch.
Although I would rather they keep to the Bible, I don't think this background hurts the film. Not every statement from the book of Jeremiah is listed in the movie, but this movie is enjoyable without taking away from the prophet. I would simply remind myself that not all of this is found in the Bible.
I would recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible: Jeremiah
I love it. Scriptural a little hollywood but not enough to ruin it. I do recommend it! Boring for younger kids.
Published 8 days ago by carol7749
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Testament Movies
We like old testament movies & and Epics. I was unfamiliar with Jeremiah. The movie played from start to finish. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Bible Movies
I actually like these older Bible movies because they correlate to the scriptures more so than the new "Bible Series". Read more
Published 10 days ago by N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, Well Done
This DVD was inspiring and very well done. The acting was superb. Patrick Dempsey did a wonderful job as the prophet Jeremiah. Read more
Published 14 days ago by M. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
Wonderful movie for those who enjoy bible stories. Patrick Dempsey did a great acting job on this. Very accurate to scriptural accounts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, Inspiring, Amazing.
I owned this movie two years before I finally watched it. Why did I wait so long! I've never learned the book of Jeremiah so I thought this would be a good start, now I'm reading... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. G. Fliess
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
From the beginning to the end is a powerful message. Jeremiah was a strong and obedient man of God, blessed.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD DVD
I took time out to look at this DVD. Jeremiah was an anointed Prophet of GOD. Anyone who get this DVD will be blessed
Published 1 month ago by Nora Faye Chisolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremiah
I thought that the acting and the locations were very well done and my husband enjoys these Biblical movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Norma S. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING FILM OF JEREMIAH, A PROPHET OF GOD
REAL, HUMAN STORY OF JEREMIAH AND HIS ADAPTING TO ACCEPT GOD'S ROLE FOR HIM. INSPIRING SPEECHES STRAIGHT FORM THE BIBLE.
Published 2 months ago by Guruji Love
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