Rated NR

With murderous intrigue, betrayal and deceit, exotic jewels and lavish settings, this biblical epic sounds good on paper, but it falls flat on the big screen. Based on a novel by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen, this film from director Michael O. Sajbel chronicles a peasant’s journey to becoming the queen of Persia. Hadassah (Tiffany Dupont) struggles as a Jewish peasant in ancient Babylon. But when King Xerxes divorces his wife, Hadassah hides her religious beliefs to become Queen Esther of Persia, so she can ultimately prevent a Jewish genocide. Meanwhile, Persia is on the brink of war with Greece after the Greeks kill Xerxes’ father, and conspirators plot to overthrow the king. With a campy script and attempts to turn a bland film into a brilliant one with brief appearances by Hollywood superstars like Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif, One Night With the King isn’t deserving of one night at the theater.


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