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The Story of Ruth (1960)





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This is another biblical drama from Henry Koster (The Robe, 1953) that does not measure up to his earlier success, but then any adaptation of a short passage in the Bible would be hard-put to fill over two hours of screen time. Ruth's (Elana Eden) life is followed as she becomes a priestess for the Moabites, ruled over by a high priestess (Viveca Lindfors) whose character is not exactly holy. Ruth eventually falls in love with Mahlon (Tom Tryon) and converts to Judaism. Once Mahlon dies, Ruth decides to escape with his mother Naomi (Peggy Wood) to Bethlehem, where her dramatic story and her love life continue.
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Elana Eden
as Ruth
Tom Tryon
as Mahlon
Peggy Wood
as Naomi
Les Tremayne
as Elimelech
Ziva Rodann
as Orpah
Eduard Franz
as Jehoam
Edward Franz
as Jehoam
Leo Fuchs
as Sochin
John Gabriel
as Chilion
Basil Ruysdael
as Shammah
John Banner
as King of Moab
Jean Innes
as Hagah
Sara Taft
as Eska
Jean Inness
as Hagah
Berry Kroeger
as Huphim
Jon Silo
as Tacher
Don Diamond
as Yomar
Chrystine Jordan
as Ruth (age 5)
Kelton Garwood
as Kemuel (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim
as Ruth's Father (uncredited)
Ralph Moody
as Cleshed (uncredited)
A. Ben Astar
as Official (uncredited)
Charles Horvath
as Cart Driver (uncredited)
Robert Adler
as Cart Driver (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim
as Ben Nadab (uncredited)
Inez Pedroza
as Rectress (uncredited)
Stassa Damascus
as Rectress (uncredited)
Doris Wiss
as Rectress (uncredited)
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This could have been a better done film. The film adds to the biblical story of Ruth and changes some of the narratives from the Bible. Through all that, it's enjoyable to watch. It was film for CinemaScope. It gives the look as an epic but I wouldn't classify it as an epic film. Over all, this film doesn't dissuade from the Bible's message and for all that I would watch it.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

"Fine retelling of the story of Ruth." If you're familar with the book of Ruth, you'll know that most of the characters are dead from the beginning. Therefore, liberties had to be taken to give the audience a grasp on Jewish and Moabite culture. Henry Koster does a very good job filling in the gaps--nothing hokey or heretical--and when Ruth joins Naomi, the film gets into the meat of the story. Elena Eden (who looks a lot like Haya Harareet from "Ben-Hur") has a pleasant Jewish accent and does an exceptional job as the pagan-turned-believer. She displays love, faith, beauty, devotion and courage and you don't wonder why Mahlon and Boaz fell in love with her. Peggy Wood plays Naomi with a sense of faith and conviction and Viveca Lindfords is paticulary good as the sinister high priestess of Chemosh. The pacing is a little slow for modern audiences, but all in all, "The Story of Ruth" is a sweet, heartwarming film that hits the highlights of the book and deserves to be included in the group of sword-and-sandal epics who do their job well.

Lukas Miller
Lukas Miller

Super Reviewer

When I was younger, my entire family and I would watch this a lot. I'm pretty sure my Grandmother has seen it more than anyone on the planet. Probably the only Bibical film I enjoyed.


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