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One Night with the King
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PG (for violence, some sensuality, and thematic elements)
Directed By
Michael O. Sajbel
Run Time
2 hours 3 minutes
Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif
Theatre Release
October 13, 2006 by Gener8xion Entertainment/Fox Faith

The more I read my Bible, I can't help but wonder what stories would work best on the silver screen. Retellings of Joshua, Daniel, Ruth … I'm still waiting on that epic, Braveheart-styled adaptation of the life of David that reduces the 1985 dud starring Richard Gere to a distant memory.

Esther wouldn't necessarily be near the top of my list as an obvious choice. The biblical story behind the Jewish festival of Purim isn't an overtly spiritual one on the surface, nor does it initially seem like it would translate well with the heavily historical exposition, building to an edict to wipe out God's people in Persia, and then a climax that hinges on the pointing of a scepter. We tend to simplify Esther down to one courageous entrance, but there's a lot more to her "call of destiny"—and perhaps too much more in the case of One Night with the King.

Based on Tommy Tenney's novel Hadassah: One Night with the King, this film comes to us from Gener8xion Entertainment, which also brought us 1999's The Omega Code. They've clearly learned a thing or two about production values since then, as One Night with the King may well be the best-looking movie from a Christian company to date, with sumptuous visuals that are both artistic and authentic.

Filmed in India, director Michael O. Sajbel and his team have recreated the Persian kingdom with the picturesque look of a fairy tale—or Naboo from the more recent Star Wars films. Sweeping camera work reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings trilogy gives us a bird's eye view of the palace and the surrounding landscape. Beautiful costumes and set designs add to the look—Esther's wedding day offers the same elegant pageantry that established Cecil B. DeMille during the golden age ...

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