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One Night with the King (2006)

Tiffany Dupont , Luke Goss , Michael O. Sajbel  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif, John Rhys-Davies
  • Directors: Michael O. Sajbel
  • Writers: Mark Andrew Olsen, Stephan Blinn, Tommy Tenney
  • Producers: Carlos DeMattos, Ignatius Rapose, John Nelson, Laurie Crouch
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJSJO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Night with the King" on IMDb

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The moving biblical tale of Esther--a humble Jewish girl who saved her people from annihilation and won the heart of the handsome Persian king Xerxes--is the subject of One Night with the King, a lush ode to one of the Old Testament's most inspiring women. Esther, played with spark and confidence by Tiffany Dupont, could perhaps be said to be the first career woman to "have it all"--while also serving her people, and God. The film, shot on location in India, has the feel of the great epics of the '60s--a sensation underscored by the appearance, in small but pivotal roles, of both Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole. (Even Raiders of the Lost Ark's John Rhys-Davies--"Bad dates!"--echoes earlier desert adventures.) But the film belongs to the willful Esther, who navigates among war, bloodlust, persecution, and terror with the strength of knowing she's serving the Lord, and her people. If the film has a few anachronisms--including the young Esther's suitor, who has blonde streaks and a surfer-dude delivery ("The market was rilly busy today")--its heart and its focus never waver. Fans of biblical tales and well-made drama for the entire family shouldn't miss it. --A.T. Hurley

Product Description

One Night with the King is a sweeping epic about Hadassah, the young Jewish girl who becomes the Biblical Esther, Queen of Persia.

Despite her position, Hadassah's life is in danger, as the state has decreed that all Jews will be put to death. Defying warnings to remain silent, however, Hadassah struggles to save her people, evens as she seeks to win the heart of the king, in this exciting and inspiring story about destiny.


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207 of 227 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the book of Esther 1st -- you will be glad you did! December 17, 2006
By SCMLA
Format:DVD
The first time I went to see this movie, I enjoyed it (despite the obvious production flaws), but I was thoroughly overwhelmed by all the history & all the strange names & all the multiple/twisty-turny plotlines & so I walked out of the theater feeling like I didn't really grasp everything that happened ...

So then I went home & read the entire book of Esther (it doesn't take very long -- it's a small book) & then went BACK to the theater & watched the movie AGAIN ...

BIG DIFFERENCE!

At that point, I was also able to identify all the "poetic license" that was taken with the book of Esther, but I do NOT think that it detracted from the overall message & profound truth of the Biblical story -- rather, I think that it ENHANCED it.

And now, after watching "One Night With The King," the book of Esther is very REAL to me -- like it NEVER has been before.

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Love Story February 12, 2007
Format:DVD
Before anything else, I must say that I've read the Biblical book of Esther but NOT the book "Haddassah" by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen on which this film is based. With that said, I'll treat this film as just another love story and not an interpretation of the Biblical story of Esther, which does vary from this film quite a bit.

The story revolves around Haddassah (Tiffany Dupont), the lovely, wholesome Jewish daughter of Mordecai (the always wonderful John Rhys-Davies), a scribe for King Xerxes (Luke Goss). Early in the film, Xerxes "removes" his queen from power through the meddling of Prince Admantha (John Noble) and Haman (wickedly fun James Callis), both of which have their own delusions of grandeur in mind. Soon after, Xerxes goes on a quest to find a new queen to replace is "removed" one. Women throughout all the kingdom are taken to the king's palace and treated to all the wonders and niceties one would expect from the King of Persia. Eventually Xerxes falls for Haddassah (who's changed her name to the less Jewish-sounding Esther, for protection). While the two are falling for each other, Admantha and Haman are both putting their own plans for taking the kingdom into motion. One of those plans involves the destruction of all Jews in the kingdom. With both men attempting to convince Xerxes of their own plans, Esther has to stop the destruction of her people. If you're familiar with the Bible's version of "Esther," you already know how this tale ends.

Were liberties taken with the story? Yes, many in fact. Does it destroy the story of Esther? Absolutely not. This is a very good film with a wonderful cast. Unlike others, I failed to see the poor acting of the performers in this movie.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute hash of an epic story May 9, 2010
Format:DVD
I had very low expectations of this film, and the film did not live up to them. How this film has garnered an average of 4 stars from Amazon viewers is beyond me. The producers, director, and presumably the writers of the novel on which this book is based have absolutely botched it. It's such a waste of a profound and beloved Biblical story.

My main complaint is that Esther's true character doesn't get a look in here. Tiffany Dupont is woefully miscast. A nasally American voice and a modern sensibility overwrite the gravity of her situation and Esther's unusual integrity and presence of mind. I couldn't help feeling like I was watching an incarnation of Disney's Princess Yasmin. She giggled like a schoolgirl throughout, and when brought to the harem along with all of half a dozen other beautiful virgins (seriously? That was all they could find? In all the provinces of the realm? It was a pretty big realm!) she spent a lot of time twirling under invisible showers of rose petals and not a lot of time contemplating her fate, which should have been pretty sobering. I do not think these are the qualities that impressed Hegai the King's eunuch, or led her to "win the favour of everyone who saw her". In short, she wasn't queen-like. What a waste of an opportunity to portray a dignified Jewish woman.

In the film, she meets Xerxes weeks before their official first meeting. It's love at first sight, obviously. He asks her to read to him, and she diverts from the text to tell a story about Jacob and Rachael, a story which probably would have been a dead give away to anyone remotely acquainted with Jewish history - not a smart move considering she's concealing her cultural identity. But Xerxes finds it charming and falls in love with her.
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147 of 176 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Interesting, reverent, but somewhat flawed..." November 12, 2006
Format:DVD
This will not be an in-depth review. There are plenty of those already. Let me just offer a brief opinion from the perspective of a bible teacher and secular historian.

First of all, this film is a cut above the typical 'Christian' attempt at Hollywood quality. The scenery of ancient Persia looks more Indian than Persian, but the computer effects are quite acceptable and remind one (remotely) of the Lord of the Rings genre. (Made no less obvious by the casting of two of the stars from those films.)

Having said that, the film is not up to the quality of 'Joseph', Moses', or other such movies done on a Hollywood budget. The sound quality is not top-notch, and many lines are inaudible. The acting is better than expected, including a worthy effort by Tiffany Dupont as Esther. The King Xerxes character seemed somewhat strained and lacking at times, and Peter O'Toole makes only a brief cameo.

The weakest aspect of the film is the anachronistic and too often silly reliance on the star of David theme which reduced the historical accuracy (and believability) of the movie. Also disappointing was the deflating conclusion of a story which gleans much of its suspense from the hanging of Haman. This movie deserved a much better ending.

As a historian, I enjoyed the references to Greek democracy, Gilgamesh of Sumer, and the imminent downfall of King Xerxes at the hands of the Greeks. As a Christian, I appreciated what the directors attempted to do--make a modern, interesting retelling of the Esther story. Understanding the limitations mentioned, and accepting the liberties taken with adding 'flesh' to the bones of the story, most Christians will be at least mildly pleased with this effort.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding insights into the story of Esther of the Bible
Actors, costumes, set constructions, and computer generated sets, are all done in an outstanding way. Best movie I have ever seen on the story of Esther.
Published 3 days ago by Evergreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Who wouldn't want One Night with the King?
Whenever i have to work in the office on weekends or late nights I have this on loop to keep me company. I don't know what it is about this movie, but I just love it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lorii
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
I really like the book of Esther in the Bible. This is a very good movie inspired by her story.
Published 19 days ago by Maty
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it!
Even though the movie would drag in some spots, I was very glad that I bought it. It is a fun story to remember.
Published 1 month ago by Herbert T. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD
Highly recommend. I like it much better than the one produced by Tommy Tenney. This is a very sweet romantic movie, great actors. no expense spared in producing.
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl S
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, wholesome . . .
We enjoy all these biblical movies. While they take some liberties, they're close enough to scripture for us. Good, wholesome entertainment.
Published 1 month ago by Sunsational
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome movie, my teem girls liked it also. For such a time as this. Is what everyone in this world was created. For there own day to change history, a God ordained time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Esther
How can Esther so brave to marry the king is not enough faith in God? Pretty Guess, God's plans for her. I get that.
Published 1 month ago by Vicki E. Newport
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I have been wanting to own this movie since I saw it a few years ago. The story of Esther is one of my favorite Biblical stories and this telling of it was top notch.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars waiting to watch
I watched the movie with friends and couldn't wait to own my own copy. I love the movie and the wonderful price from Tiffany Dupont. Thank you Amazon.
Published 1 month ago by Saundra L McNeese
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If you enjoyed the movie, I beg you to get the book "Hadessa, One night with the King". I have read it three times in the past two years. The book is much better than the movie, although I did enjoy the show. The book takes you there...its wonderful and a must read.
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