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The Old Testament (1962)

Il vecchio testamento (original title)
The Jews of Jerusalem are driven out by their Syrian rulers. They gather their forces, and return to drive out their oppressors.


Ghigo De Chiara (story), Luciano Martino (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Harris ... Simone
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... (as John Heston) (credit only)
Franca Parisi ... Miza (as Margaret Taylor)
Mara Lane ... Diotima
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Namele
Carlo Tamberlani ... Mattatia
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Apollonio
Djordje Nenadovic Djordje Nenadovic ... Judas (as George Nenadovic)
Ivy Stewart Ivy Stewart
Enzo Doria Enzo Doria ... Gionata
Ignazio Dolce Ignazio Dolce
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli ... Giovanni
Vladimir Leib Vladimir Leib ... Antenone
Niksa Stefanini Niksa Stefanini ... (as Nicola Stefanini)
Giuseppe Mattei Giuseppe Mattei ... (as Pino Mattei)


The Jews of Jerusalem are driven out by their Syrian rulers. They gather their forces, and return to drive out their oppressors.

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With Faith and Fire, The Armies of God Challenged the World!


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Italy | France



Release Date:

10 April 1963 (Italy) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Harmless but worthless
25 December 2008 | by NozzSee all my reviews

Here's a treatment of the story of the Maccabees, which Protestants and Jews don't even consider to be part of the Old Testament. But the movie is called the Old Testament, probably for the same reason that one of the Italian actors has been dubbed John Heston and one of the actresses Susan Paget, borrowing the surnames of actors familiar from the 1956 Ten Commandments movie. Nobody seems to have thought-- nor indeed does anyone to this day, it seems-- that the Maccabees have wide commercial appeal. I don't think it's the Maccabees' story that dooms this movie, though. It's the failure to imagine that story in terms of anything but played-out stereotypes, from the supercilious villain and his fat, greedy, obsequious henchman to the Jew and pagan who (like Ben Hur and Messala) must discard their youthful friendship. Stereotyped female parts are also added to the story, out of nowhere, but the distortions don't add up to any serious misrepresentation of history. They just add up to a waste of time.

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