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One Night With the King


Source: Catholic News Service

Biblical drama that tepidly recounts the Old Testament story of Esther (Tiffany DuPont), a devout Jewish maiden who becomes a queen when she is chosen as the bride of the powerful Persian King Xerxes (Luke Goss), and who uses her station to save her people from extermination by dissuading her husband from ordering the slaughter urged by a vengeful court adviser (James Callis). Based on Tommy Tenney's novel "Hadassah," the film has impressive production value and cameos by Oscar-pedigreed actors like Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole, but it's handicapped by an inferior screenplay by Stephan Blinn -- which makes some changes to the story -- and awkward, if earnest, direction by Michael Sajbel. Still, the power of the tale's enduring theme of faithful witness in the face of persecution isn't completely diminished by the filmmaker's uninspired telling. Some discreet violence and sensuality and mature thematic elements. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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