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One Night With the King [Blu-ray] (2006)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With lush cinematography, a mesmerizing score, and an all-star cast that includes Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif and John Rhys-Davies, One Night With The King is a sweeping epic about Hadassah, the young Jewish orphan who becomes the biblical Esther, Queen of Persia. Born into poverty, Hadassah (Tiffany DuPont) grows up to become a beauty who catches the eye of the powerful King Xerxes - and ultimately becomes his bride. But 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, even as she attempts to hide her heritage, in this exciting and inspiring story about courage, faith and destiny.

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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Love Story February 12, 2007
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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222 of 244 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
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 ...


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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78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute hash of an epic story May 9, 2010
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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152 of 181 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Interesting, reverent, but somewhat flawed..." November 12, 2006
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
As usual, the screenwriter took a lot of "creative license" which deviates from the original text. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ditzydotts
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational
Great story that is very consistent with the biblical book of Esther.
Published 15 days ago by Daniel L. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film. My daughter has it but I wanted ...
A wonderful film. My daughter has it but I wanted a copy of my own.
Published 18 days ago by Lynn S. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Made Me Want to be QUEEN!
Fabulous Movie! I LOVED the scenery. And the wedding is spectacular. The King is not exactly as biblically accurate as he should be (more heroic than ill tempered) but the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jeaniey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie.
Published 19 days ago by Seabreeze
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Alejandro
5.0 out of 5 stars One Night With the King
Arrived great condition. Wonderful movie that stayed true to the Book of Esther in the Bible. Highly recommend
Published 23 days ago by Judyth McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate portrayal of the Biblical story of Esther.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is a beautiful rendition of the Biblical story of Esther, and her heroic choice to lay her life on the line in order to save her... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Savannah
5.0 out of 5 stars ... movie was so true to the bible scriptures I loved it.
This movie was so true to the bible scriptures I loved it.
Published 27 days ago by Ms Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie!
Published 1 month ago by Catharine K.
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