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The Story of Ruth (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 17 June 1960 (USA)
Inspired by the scriptural tale. Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem.

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Henry Koster

Writer:

Norman Corwin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Boaz
Tom Tryon ... Mahlon
Peggy Wood ... Naomi
Viveca Lindfors ... Eleilat
Jeff Morrow ... Tob
Elana Eden ... Ruth
Thayer David ... Hedak
Les Tremayne ... Elimelech
Eduard Franz ... Jehoam
Leo Fuchs Leo Fuchs ... Sochin
Lili Valenty Lili Valenty ... Kera
John Gabriel ... Chilion
Ziva Rodann ... Orpah
Basil Ruysdael ... Shammah
John Banner ... King of Moab
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Storyline

Inspired by the tale from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Bible, the Moabitess child Ruth is sold to the temple of Chemosh. Years pass and she serves as a priestess to the idol. While arranging a temple ritual, she encounters a Judean family of artisans: Elimelech, his wife Naomi, their sons Chilion and Mahlon, and daughter-in-law Orpah. Ruth is curious about their God, and begins to meet secretly with Mahlon. After tragedy strikes, Ruth follows Naomi and begins a new life in Bethlehem... Written by L. Hamre

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Inspired Biblical Spectacle! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La historia de Ruth See more »

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Budget:

$2,930,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Victor Buono's first film. He went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). In this film, he played the Moabite priest who notices the blemish on Ruth's arm and scolds the High Priestess. See more »

Goofs

When Boaz explains the purpose for the levirate law to Ruth, he says his mother was such a widow. In fact, it was his ancestress, Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah, that was such a widow. Two of Judah's sons died before she could have children, and he refused to marry Tamar to his third son. See more »

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Jehoam: Yonder is a city whose name will one day be known in the far places of the Earth... Bethlehem of Judah. Generations have yet to pass before its star shall rise in the east. Much shall happen in these lands and be told. For nearby, across the Jordan in the land of Moab, lives a people who of old have hated the God of Israel and who serve a god of stone, Chemosh, thirsty for the blood of the young and the innocent.
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Version of Ruth (1948) See more »

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Historical melodramatic flick with awesome actors and fine direction
21 July 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This 20th Century Fox Biblical epic inspired by the scriptural tale deals with the beautiful Ruth (Elana Eden , this character was intended for Susan Strasberg , who was tested for the part, but the studio decided to go for an unknown), she is a Moabitess priestess under orders of hight religious hierarchy (Viveca Lindfors) , as their cruel religion makes sacrifices children to God Moloch in a pagan civilization . Later on , Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God . As she is enamored by a young Jewish (Tom Tryon) and decides to renounce his former gods . Then tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem . As arriving in Israel along with her mother-in-law (Peggy Wood), where she discovers true faith and works as an ear-woman . Although she is excluded by the Jewish community ; however , getting various suitors such as Boaz (Stuart Whitman) and Tob (Jeff Morrow).

This Biblical retelling film results to be an enjoyable story with all the spectacle of heathen idolatry , human sacrifice , pagan revels , romance , drama , a love story and fascinating scenarios . It's a known epic story of Ruth whose descendant will be King David , dealing with all the beauty of one of the Bible's timeless love stories . Elana Eden as Ruth is marvelous, however she barely acted after this realization , the veteran Peggy Wood is magnificent and Stuart Whitman as the tough Boaz makes an agreeable interpretation . Colorful and spectacular cinematography in CinemaScope by Arthur Arling , being stunningly reflected on the sensational outdoors . The luxurious costumes by the usual designer Nino Novarese . Sensitive and evocative musical score by the classic Franz Waxman . The film well well directed with big budget by Henry Koster . The picture will appeal to religious genre fans and Biblical history buffs . Rating : Good and nice , it's worthwhile seeing. I would recommend to see it wholeheartedly.


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