Sunday, November 12, 2000 (Part I);
Monday, November 13, 2000 (Part II)
on NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)



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In the tradition of Cecil B. DeMille's sweeping epic "The Ten Commandments," the earliest stories of the Bible come to life in this miniseries, featuring an all-star international cast and spectacular, state-of-the-art special effects. The classic stories include Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph, and Moses' struggle to lead his people out of Egyptian slavery and give them God's moral law before they enter the Promised Land.

These unforgettable tales changed our world and the themes - romance, lust for power, betrayal and faith - still resonate today, thousands of years later. A multi-generational cast includes Oscar winner Martin Landau as Abraham, Billy Campbell ("Once and Again") as Moses, Jacqueline Bisset as Sarah, Diana Rigg, Eddie Cibrian (NBC's "Third Watch"), Christopher Lee, Alan Bates and David Warner, among others. "In the Beginning" is produced by NGP Holding, Inc.; David V. Picker ("The Crucible") is the executive producer.

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Martin Landau as Abraham. Abraham Abraham the story teller. Sacrificing his son.
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God talks to Abraham. Jacqueline Bisset as Sarah. Sarah has her only son. Sarah holding a lamb.
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Rachel Stirling as Rebeccah. Geraldine Chaplin as Yocheved. Kevin Connor, Director. Behind the scenes.
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Alan Bates as Jethro. Eddie Cibrian as Joseph, Amanda Donohoe as Zuleika. Eddie Cibrian as Joseph Art Malik as Rameses II
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Billy Campbell as Moses Billy Campbell as Moses  The journey to the promised land.

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000
From: --Rich Thornton, Bettendorf, Iowa

I liked it. The creation of Adam from the ground was well done. It was simple in one way but the only time I had actually "seen" it done. The storytelling by Abraham was in line with how I see the accounts of creation, etc. passed on orally.

Because they covered so much ground, the longer stories were moved along quickly. Still, it was worth it to have so much of the Bible before people in such a reasonably accurate fashion.

I use videos in worship and it will give me a lot to use on a lot of passages of scriptures. But equally important, it was well done for "the world" to see and highlights the flow of God from the beginning.
--Rich Thornton, Bettendorf, Iowa

Subject: My Comments
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000
From: Mimi

Mimi I thought that In the Beginning was done well and I would like to see it again. I know the video tape was available, but I forgot to write down the telephone number and order it. This is my major criticism of it--It showed Joseph actually going into Potiphar's wife's room and kissing her. In the Bible (I am quoting from the King James Version) it says, (9) "There is none greater in this house that I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou are his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? (10) "And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her." He had NOTHING to do with her. She set him up in her bedroom ... he ran away ... and she falsely accused him. Potiphar did not weigh the evidence at all. He didn't look at Joseph's record. &nb! sp;But ... once again ... God used all of these trials for good. Again, I would like to see it again and purchase the video tape.

Subject: In_The_Beginning
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000
From: Tanuki

I liked it!

Subject: tapes
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000
From: vlad

im interested to obtaining this movie on tape how can i do it or are you selling it in stores thank you please respond

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000


Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000
From: MW

Wow, I'm impressed with NBC! Their Bible film is great! I laughed towards the beginning when they skipped the Noah's Ark story after Creation was over and we all know why... The film is very accurate and doesn't lag on like John Huston's the Bible (everyone in our Bible class including the teacher all fell asleep). I like the idea of inserting Bible verses throughout the film so the people watching who aren't familiar with the Bible know what's going on. Still, it's not as good as my Jesus of Nazareth (which was also made by NBC back in 1977), but it's by far the best telling of the Beginning I've ever seen on film. One thing though, David, did NBC do the same thing CBS did with the Jesus movie (editing out parts for commercials)? If not, then what I'm seeing is the whole thing, and now that Vidmark just finished making Paul, we CBS Jesus fans can now wait eagerly for the Director's Cut which was promised to us by Gianmario (I hope I spelled his name right!)

Subject: In The Beginning
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2000

"Give me two pages out of the Bible and I'll give you an epic"- Samuel Goldwyn

Subject: The Bible
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000
From: Aiwkid

So far I've heard of some bad expectations for the Bible film airing on NBC. Too many people are judging it because of that Noah's Ark trash but you must realize that not every NBC movie is directed and produced by the same people. Jesus of Nazareth is one of the greatest Jesus films ever made and guess where it's from? That's right, NBC. I'm planning on watching The Bible, regardless of how the horrible Noah's Ark came out (yes, I too had to turn off the tv after only watching Noah's Ark for only a half hour, I couldn't stand it).

September 6, 1999.I'm looking forward to this new Bible movie. I hope they take time to study  the bible first. I too started watching Noah's Ark but I had to stop  because there was so much inaccuracy in it that it made it very  uncomfortable to watch. They had people such as Lot living at the same time  of Noah. Hello! Obviously someone thought that Noah's story needed some  more excitement. I guess the end of all civilization wasn't enough.
PS I found your site by reading Sept's Christianity Online Magazine.
Keep up the good work.

August 20, 1999.  20, 1999. About the NBC Bible Series. I am happy to hear that NBC is considering such an endeavor; however, I do hope that this production is more accurate than their attempt at the tale of Noah's Ark. Despite the grand cinematic effects and award-winning cast, the movie presented a very twisted portrayal of Noah and his family. I have discussed the film with many fellow believers, and they, too, share my feelings. In a world where so much liberal and ungodly thinking has overtaken our culture, we need to see to it that the songs, stories, and movies that are labeled as 'biblical' bring forth the honest truths that are written in God's Word.
It is possible, despite what some in today's Hollywood might think, to deliver a motion picture that is historically and biblically sound, with the added highlights of notable actors, colorful effects, and majestic musical composition. Case in point: The Prince of Egypt. Though, from what I have gleaned, it was a story that was amassed from ancient biblical texts (Exodus) and other historical writings, the movie was factual, exciting, and heart-warming. It can be done, and I hope and pray the good people of NBC realize that they, too, can attempt such a feat.
-Ross French

     May 26, 1999. Btw, the proposed NBC "Bible" miniseries reminds me- do you recall an NBC series from the late 70's or early 80's-
"Greatest Stories of the Bible" or something like that? AWFUL! Not that they were inaccurate but they were so low in production values, scripting, acting, etc.
     On the other hand, an excellent syndicated series of individual stories was produced by Paulist Productions thru the 1960's into the late 1970's- INSIGHT. Great acting, intense moving scripts and very minimal budgets. I think they recently made some of their most
popular episodes available on video.

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