Monday, September 04, 2006

"One Night with the King"

Hi all:

A new movie about the biblical character Esther opens October 13, 2006.

It's called One Night with the King and is based on a book of the same name by Tommy Tenney, who is also a co-producer on this project. The film's cast includes:

  • James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) as Haman
  • John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Mordecai
  • Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia) as Samuel
  • Omar Sharif (Doctor Zhivago) as Prince Memucan

Esther is played by newcomer Tiffany DuPont.

You can view a trailer at the film's website. It looks like a high-quality production. And certainly has a great cast.

Here are some movie stills. You can see more at the film's website.

Royal Wedding

Being Crowned Queen

The New Queen

Mordecai and Esther

I'm not sure if the movie will be released nation-wide. I hope so.

Look for it in your area beginning October 13!



Jorge Vela said...

At first glance of the trailer you expect the film to be an epic adventure of Hollywood style grandeur, filmed in India with an all star cast consisting of the first reunion of Omar Shariff and Peter O'Toole since Laurence of Arabia. What you see on screen is exactly that.

The film, by Gener8Xion Entertainment, is fully endorsed by the American Bible Society for being as close to Old Testament scripture as possible. It appeals to all audiences seeking a beautiful story instilled with values and a happy ending. Women will appreciate Tiffany Dupont's powerful Esther emerging from hesitation to find the faith and conviction to save her people; Jewish audiences will easily recognize the triumphant story of Purim and feel that lump in their throats as Hadassah reveals her true identity to the King and confronts him about Haman's evil plan. My children clapped with glee when Haman heard that he would have to escort Mordecai through the kingdom proclaiming the King's favor for the Jew.

Moredecai,'A Jew', as he proudly proclaims, is played by the very able and incisive Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies. Luke Goss is King Xerxes and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, better recognized as Deebo by the followers of the cult classic Friday, does a brilliant Hagai, the King's chamberlain and Esther's confidant.
This is a family film for all audiences to enjoy at the theater, and an even better DVD to place in Purim baskets, when it is expected to be available.

hrh said...

Hi Jorge:

Thanks for the film review. It sounds great! Now I really want to see it.

In fact, our Bible study was talking about going as a group - until I found out the closest theater showing it is in Willoughby, Ohio! (We're in Connecticut.)

I certainly hope that changes as we get closer to the release date.

Thanks again for the review. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed it.

mary85 said...

I got to see a rough cut of this movie before its release, and it has definitely made it to my list of favorite movies. The scenes are beautiful and breathtaking. i think this movie is well thought out, the actors play their parts very well. Its a story of courage, determination. Very inspirational. Its only coming out in about 1000 theaters across the nation that I know of, normally the major cities of each state, but make sure you get ahold of a copy of it when it comes to DVD. if its in a city near you, I highly recommend that you see it!

hrh said...

Hi Mary:

Thanks for your review and recommendation. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Unfortunately, so far the movie isn't playing within 50 miles of my hometown! :(

So I guess it'll have to be DVD for me ...

hrp said...


Why don't you fly down to Columbia, SC and watch it with us? We saw it last Saturday, and both thought it was great. Surprisingly accurate and Israeli-friendly. One scene repeated the same action several times in a row for effect, and it worked well. (The Johnny Cash movie "Gospel Road" uses that technique as well. I don't remember seeing that very often in movies.) It probably won't be around for long, so we will probably get the DVD at some point. Hope the DVD has some good extras.


hrh said...

Hi hrp:

Thanks for the mini-review. It sounds good. Our Bible study decided last night we're gonna' wait for the DVD - which will probably be out by Christmas!

But thanks for the invite. Though that would be one expensive movie ticket!

Glad you enjoyed it. Next up: "The Nativity," s'posed to be in theaters December 1.