In the Beginning (2000)





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A kind of "best-of" account of the books of Genesis and Exodus, this two-part NBC miniseries aired in November 2000. Part One, set in the desert, covers the stories of Abraham (Martin Landau), Sarah (Jacqueline Bisset), Isaac (Sean Pertwee), Rebeccah (Diana Rigg), Esau (Andrew Grainger), and Jacob (Frederick Weller) and culminates with the enslavement of Joseph (Eddie Cibrian). Part Two, set in biblical Egypt, focuses on the story of Moses (Billy Campbell) and his deliverance of his people from slavery. Also included in the miniseries' huge and illustrious cast are Alan Bates as Jethro, Geraldine Chaplin as Yocheved, and Jonathan Firth as Joshua.
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Martin Landau
as Abraham
Eddie Cibrian
as Joseph
Diana Rigg
as Rebeccah
Christopher Lee
as Rameses I
Amanda Donohoe
as Zuleika
Alan Bates
as Jethro
Steven Berkoff
as Potiphar
Rachael Stirling
as Young Rebeccah
Art Malik
as Rameses II
Victor Spinetti
as Pharaoh's Magician
David Warner
as Eliezer
Sara Carver
as Hagar
Tom Harper
as Benjamin
Mark Jax
as Reuben
Armed Saquia
as Ishmael
Roland Pickup
as Old Jacob
Danny Webb
as Laban
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The film was interesting, to an extent. It was also a little cheesy and mediocre at times. I don't know, but the film was a little too fake for me -- too much people smiling like they're living in a perfect world. Though I don't go to church or something, and this film did not even persuade me in any way, but I do enjoy the film's interpretations of the Bible. This film did have some interesting visuals, and I honestly thought the CGI-animation was done pretty well to television standards. Though again, I did not enjoy this film that much, but I actually did tuned into all of the episodes that aired. I think that Hallmark Entertainment, the film studio that produced this, could have done better. I do enjoyed other Hallmark Entertainment productions, but this wasn't it. I guess you could say this film grouped together all of the famous Christian stories into one long miniseries, which in my opinion was a good idea. I think this film was better than "Noah's Ark," which was produced by the same studio, but did not have the elements that engaged the audience into the film. "Noah's Ark" was pretty straight-forward, and it did not leave room for the viewer's interpretations, which was a bad idea. This film actually left room for viewers to interpret the meaning. But overall, it has been a while since I saw this film. Would I watch it again? Maybe for the visuals, but for the stories? I'll pass.

Robert Thach
Robert Thach

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