Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians, is holding a celebratory banquet for his people in the citadel of Susa to display his wealth and splendor. When he summons his attractive wife Vashti, to show off her beauty to the guests, the proud queen refuses to come. The king promptly bans her from ever entering his presence again, and gives orders for the most beautiful young virgins in the land to be brought to him. The young Jewess Esther, adopted daughter of her uncle Mordecai, is among the girls selected they are told to beautify themselves in the royal harem and prepare to spend the night with the king. Esther succeeds in enchanting the king with her extraordinary beauty and charm, and he makes her his queen. The king promotes his loyal subject Haman - whose family is notably anti-Jewish - to the post of first minister of the kingdom. When the Jew Mordecai fails to kneel down before Haman like all the others, Hamans irritation with him is transformed into a deep hatred of the Jewish people. He manages to get the king to pass a law allowing the Jews of all countries to be persecuted and killed on a certain day. In his desperation, Mordecai seeks help from Esther. She places her life at risk by visiting the king without his consent, and then invites him and Haman to dine with her that evening. By revealing her Jewish origins Esther now succeeds in exposing Hamans evil plan to kill the Jews, and in obtaining the kings pardon for her people. Haman is duly hanged on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. Since the royal decree is irreversible, Ahasuerus passes another one allowing the Jews to defend themselves against their enemies, whom they end up by vanquishing. Many Jews now return to the Holy City and begin rebuilding Jerusalem.
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This review is from: Esther (DVD) This was a very entertaining film - I highly reccomend it. F. Murray Abraham was great in his role as Mordechai; all the other actors were excellent as well. Too bad they dont produce any more of these films.
As I've said in some of my earlier reviews I've been fasting TV & Movies but this one is worth my time. I'm giving it *****Five Stars because it deserves it. The actors and actresses bring out the best of each actor. The scrip is in good order for those who want to line up the DVD to what has been written in The Old Testament.My degree in Art challenges me to look at the richness and harmony of many aspects of this movie from the production, introduction, Narration and overall presentation of the movie. Well put together and even more important inspiring. The sets, the wardrobes, jewelry, animals and even the look of the characters is lovely and well put together.Great color harmony and a rich sense of color balance as we observe the use of color in the forms of taupes, grays and muted baiges, pinks and browns. But as the movie moves the use of color inspires and engages us to flow with the movie. The concept rolls out well in terms of moving us through the story of Esther to help us see what is taking place. This is an educational movie and one filled with deep emotional value. Leading us from Esther the cousin of Mordeci who was left in his custody to Esther the Virgin who must learn how to prepare her self to go before the King was well put together. We get a picture of what challenges Esther must have faced in order to get ready to become Queen. Another thing I like is the depth of a story that has been told over and over again as it relates to the Jewish people. We see that even in this historic depiciton of the Jews they are being persecuted and mistreated again for some of the same negative connations that people still have in our day and age thousands of years later. But the power of the story of Esther is rooted in how Esther, Mordeci and Ezra have a deep faith in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. They keep their faith even in their heartfelt pain and struggles of not knowing how they will survive a decree that can not be reversed.If you want to get a movie that is rich in historic and epic proportion get this movie "ESTHER" it's a wonderful movie.Your Servant, Deremiah, *CPE
It is hard to find Christian videos that keep to God's word. But this one does just that. Keep up the good work!
This review is from: The Bible - Esther (DVD) I really enjoy this movie and I have read the book of Esther numerous times. This is a movie I would recommend to friends and family.
This review is from: Esther (DVD) very good movie, it followed the bibles, read Esther before watching the movie and it followed the bible . story acurate
This is the only movie I have ever watched two times in a row! It was to me very well done and as biblically correct as a movie could be. One day my niece watched it with me and she exclaimed, "Is it over"? Every young woman should see this movie so they can learn that women are cherished by God and He wants only good things for them. The story of Esther is an Old Testament story telling us of the love God has for His people Israel, and how one day in the future He will save them from their enemies at the Battle of Armageddon. This is shown in "types" and "shadows" in the courtroom scene where Esther (Israel) is about to be killed, but the King (Jesus), LEAVES HIS THRONE in heaven and saves her at the last second!
This is one of my favorite movies from the "Bible Series". They managed to give Nehemiah and Ezra some roles in the story as well. The dialog between Mordecai and Ezra is very entertaining. Somehow it always turns out that the one rebuking the other accidentally does exactly the opposite, just a few moments later.Unfortunately nothing is perfect. There's quite some visible female flesh in some scenes, and the king could have done with a little more "royalty" in his character. But still I like the way this movie was done. Good acting and a good soundtrack.
This review is from: Esther (DVD) While watching this movie you will see where they 'plagerize' the NKJV. It is almost word for word from the NKJV. It is much better then 'One Night with The KIng'. The emphasize is on the true story of the ultimate rescue & return of the Jewish people to their land. I have watched this over and over an enjoy it each time. I just hope our Jewish brothers will find the same enjoyment i did with Esther.The Bible - Esther I mostly enjoyed how they tried to stay true to useing the Bible as there script not some Hollywood interpretation.
This review is from: Esther (Amazon Instant Video) We were looking for a biblical telling of Esther that was family friendly and this movie didn't disappoint! Probably about as accurate as you will find in a feature film considering certain liberties must be taken to produce a script/create characters. We recommend.
This review is from: Esther (DVD) It shows ESTHER after being kidnapped and groomed give herself freely and submissivly to the king as a prostitute would. They immediately go from a short greeting to a passion love scene in the bed. There is no mention of this in scripture. There is no reason to assume that this great JEWISH HEROINE gave up her dignity and pride. All scripture tells us is that she was brought to the chamber and then chosen as the QUEEN. It is reckless and sexist to assume that she was not as virtuos and dignified as the prophets DANIEL, ELIAS, JEREMIAH, SAMUEL, EZECHIEL,ISAIAH ETC..... I find it impossible to believe the GREAT woman so easily tossed her virtue aside. I think she was made queen and did it all with great dignity.
I thought this was a very watchable version of Esther's story. There is no nudity, foul language, or graphic violence. I'm sure this will disappoint some viewers, since there is potential to show those elements of the story in detail - and this is so common in Hollywood. However, it did not happen here!I'd suggest preteens not watch it, because what is not shown has the effect of making the movie more intense, like Hitchcock's movies. And - Depending how protective you are, you might not want to explain:1 - What the harem was learning to do to please the king (!) 2 - why the eunichs were acting silly (effeminately) and said they were not men3 - What went on when Esther went to the king the first night, and the camera cuts away to a dew-covered red rose falling to the floor. (a great visual symbol of virginity lost)There are some intense emotional scenes that could scare young children, from Esther being taken from her home by force, to Mordecai lamenting that the Jews will all be killed. The settings and clothes were all well chosen and appropriate. Nothing low budget about it, in my opinion. It is empowering for women to see how one woman can make a difference, even in a bad situation, and how faith makes a difference: God hears.
This review is from: The Bible - Esther (DVD) If you are looking for the real biblical story of Esther, this is what you are looking for. It is a wonderful movie and true to the Bible Story. I was so disappointed in the movie"One Night With the King" because it was a Hollywood version and not true to the Bible at all. You won't be disappointed in this movie at all.
This review is from: The Bible - Esther [VHS] (VHS Tape) Of all the Bible sories, I find the The Book of Esther does not flow as easily as others, but nevertheless, this film based on the story is interesting; it is faithful to scripture, with a few additions to fill out the plot. Queen Esther is beautifully cast with English actress Louise Lombard (seen in 2004's "Hidalgo"), and Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham excellent as her cousin and guardian Mordecai. King Ahasuerus (historically known as Xerxes) is a character I find hard to like; he appears to be an indecisive and capricious man, who puts all his trust in the evil Haman (well played by German actor Jurgen Prochnow). It is Esther who courageously stands up to Haman when he tries to annihilate all the Jews of the land.The main addition to the story is the inclusion of Ezra as a friend of Mordechai. Ezra was the scribe and priest who led a remnant of the Jewish captives back to Jerusalem, but this would come twenty years later, under the reign of King Artaxerxes, in 457 B.C. Having Ezra in the story also emphasizes the importance of God, whereas in the Book of Esther, no mention of God is made.Directed by Raffaele Mertes (who was the cinematographer for most of the other films in this television series), it has a good score by Carlo Siliotto, lovely cinematography by Giovanni Galasso in the exotic area of Quarzazate, Morocco, with the use of a wonderful color palette in the costumes, using rich earth tones and shades of teal and olive greens.The story of Esther is the basis for the Jewish Festival of Purim, which is a grand time for children; it's a time to dress up in costumes and masks, eat sweets, and best of all, twirl one's gragger (noisemaker) whenever Haman's name is mentioned in the reading of the story.
This review is from: Esther (DVD) I like this dvd presentation ablout the story of Esther because it help me to better understand the order of events and sayings occurring in the life of Esther.
This review is from: Esther (DVD) This movie was entertaining, but not altogether biblically correct. Some facts where left out, other cinarios injected (author's priviledge?), but altogether it came close to biblical correctness for a Hollywood movie. I give it a 90% correct!
This review is from: Esther (DVD) All of these biblical stories that I recently bought, are so I can watch them any time that I please.
This is much more historical accurate than "One Night with the King" It does suffer from low budget for special effects but the acting is miles better. The lady who plays Esther, is truly a girl of her time, and not some ditzy girl who seems to be a little drunk on some wine in "One Night with the King" so her character's behavior makes us very hard to emphasize with her. This film is more true to God's Word which "liveth and abideth forever"
With so much bad stuff comming out of hollywood, this movie was a great refreashing change. I enjoyed the fact that it stuck the the biblical storey of Esther evr so much portraying the king as a flake. well done just like Jacob, David, Abraham and the rest of those movies that have been recently produced. Louise Lombard was perfect to play Queen Esther.
This was the second version of the story of Esther that I have watched(third if you count the VeggieTales version), and it was much betterthan the other I'd watched. As far as I can remember the other Esther Iwatched--"One Night With the King"--had poor acting, and I was notpleased with it's adaptation of the Bible story. I was concerned thatI'd find the same problems with this version; however, I was pleasantlysurprised. "Esther" follows the Biblical account very well (which is one of themost romantic and exciting Bible stories--it has its own book of theBible); in fact it brought some aspects of the story to light that I'dnever noticed before. The actress playing Esther was perfect for therole (in fact, all the casting was well done). There was beautifulromance, but it did not "cross the lines" (in other words, minimal skinshowed), and my mother and I fully enjoyed watching it together.
With so much tasteless stuff comming out of hollywood these days this movie was a refreashing change. I enjoyed the fact that it remained with the biblical storey of Esther...ever so much portraying the king as a flake. Great movie and well done just like Jacob, David, Abraham and the rest of those movies that have been recently produced. Louise Lombard was perfect for the part of the biblical Jewish Queen Esther.