Based on the biblical story of Jacob who betrayed his brother and toiled long in penance before receiving God's grace and forgiveness.
Part of the TNT Bible series, this made-for-cable film stars Matthew Modine as Jacob, who sired the family that would eventually create Israel, and Lara Flynn Boyle as Rachel, the woman he loves. After Jacob succeeds in getting the parental blessing that should have gone to Esau, his elder twin, he earns his brother's eternal hatred. Jacob flees to his Uncle Laban's in order to avoid Esau's wrath, but finds Laban equally dangerous... Filmed in Morocco with an international cast, including top-notch performances by Irene Papas and Giancarlo Giannini.
Part of Turner's award-winning series of films based on the greatest stories of the Bible. Shot on location in Morocco. Co-produced by LUBE Productions and Betafilm (Germany). Additional cast: Christopher Ohrt (Be'or); Yvonne Scio (Judith); Cecilia Dazzi (Bilhah); Bev Willis (Caananite 2); James Hayes (Yohonaham); Padraig Casey (Gaham); William Sleigh (Tzurim); Linda Polan (Midwife); Peter Gordon (Shearing Shepherd); Oliver Hobson (Reuben age 7); Crispin Redman (Storm Shepherd); Michael Haughey (First Servant); Peter Turner (First Merchant); and Emma Hall (Joseph). Additional credits: Paolo Piria (line producer); Luca Bernabei (associate producer); Heinrich Krauss (BETA producer); Sabatino Gargano (RAI producer); Antonio Brandt & Francesco Fantacci (assistant directors); Daniele Massaccesi (camera operator); Mario Michisanti (makeup artist); and Elda Magnanti (hair). Copyright 1994 Turner Pictures, Inc.