One Night With the King (2006)

One Night With the King



Critic Consensus: Despite its epic source matierial, One Night With the King is held back by dull storytelling and a clumsy script.

Movie Info

When a beautiful young slave girl learns that her people are about to fall victim to a horrible act of genocide, she will be forced to choose between realizing her wildest dreams or stepping into the pages of history to embrace her destiny in an epic tale of one young girl who rises from peasant to princess to claim the heart of a king. Esther was born an exquisite beauty, but her people have been enslaved by the most powerful kingdom on the planet and her parents executed before she ever had a … More

Rating: PG (for violence, some sensuality and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Stephan Blinn, Tommy Tenney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Box Office: $13.4M
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as Samuel

as Esther/Hadassah

as Prince Memucan

as King Xerxes

as Mordecai

as Prince Admantha

as Esther's Father

as Prince Carshena

as Queen Vashti

as Prince Tarshish

as Hannah

as Amelekite Queen

as Eunuch Harbona

as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for One Night With the King

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

Why another version of this oft-filmed tale?

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie devolves into a talky, static affair featuring a cast with wildly varying accents and acting abilities.

October 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Esther's triumph isn't because of divine intervention. It's her humanity and bravery that make her a legend, and make that One Night worth remembering, 2,500 years later.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Unfortunately [O'Toole and Sharif are] separated by five centuries, and never share a scene. For a movie with the most righteous of intentions, that's perhaps the most grievous moviemaking sins of all.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The cinematography and sets look great, but the script is a bummer. It's overlong, overwrought and overblown.

October 13, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

In itself, it's a riveting story. Unfortunately, director Michael Sajbel has envisioned an overwrought Lifetime movie of the week, complete with an Esther who could be a cast member of Laguna Beach and a king notable only for his washboard abs.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for One Night With the King


The film generally adheres to the main plot of the Biblical narrative. However, the film adds stylistic elements not present in the Biblical story. The Jewish narrative of the relationship between Esther (Tiffany Dupont) and Ahasuerus (treated as Xerxes I of Persia in this, as in many adaptations) was not a love story, but a forced marriage in which Esther had no choice. The story presents many facets that could have happened rather than strictly sticking to biblical texts.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

This was an Outstanding Movie, If you have traveled Western Europe or The Middle east, the scenes were so real, colors excellent, The Costumes were unbeleivable. This was a great movie, Do yourself a big favor get it, thank You Fox Family Video

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Close to perfect, a rendition of the book of Esther. If I didnt know the story in the book I would have rated this 5 stars. its not a bad rendition, I just didnt give it 5 stars cuz I think they missed to "portray" a few things about Esther. Still, yknow. Its a good movie :) Maybe guys would see this as " a girly/religious movie --- and we all know how overly religious, religious movies go", I would beg to differ, this has zest. Sajbel did a great job in directing this.

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

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