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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999)

Not Rated | | Musical | Video 5 April 2000
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A humourously musical retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph (Donny Osmond).

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David Mallet

Writers:

Tim Rice (book), Michael Walsh
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An animated version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the biblical tale of Joseph, the son of Israel.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donny Osmond ... Joseph
Maria Friedman ... Narrator
Richard Attenborough ... Jacob
Joan Collins ... Mrs. Potiphar
Christopher Biggins ... The Baker
Robert Torti ... Pharaoh
Alex Jennings ... Butler
Nicholas Colicos Nicholas Colicos ... Reuben (as Nicolas Colicos)
Ian McNeice ... Potiphar
Jeff Blumenkrantz ... Simeon
David J. Higgins David J. Higgins ... Levi (as David J Higgins)
Patrick Clancy Patrick Clancy ... Issachar
Shaun Henson Shaun Henson ... Napthali
Martin Callaghan Martin Callaghan ... Asher
Sebastien Torkia Sebastien Torkia ... Dan
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Storyline

In this filmed adaption of the long-running musical, we see the story of Joseph (Donny Osmond), son of Jacob (Sir Richard Attenborough). The favored son, he is betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery and driven to Egypt. Though beset with adversity, Joseph perseveres through wit and faith and becomes the Governor of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh (Robert Torti). This all the sets the scene for when he meets his brothers who have come to Egypt to purchase food. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Classic Family Musical

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2000 (USA) See more »

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Great Performances: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.55 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph's tendency to have prophetic dreams was a characteristic also given to Jesus' father Joseph. Joseph's father's name is Jacob, which was also the name of Jesus' brother, although most English-language translations change his name to James. See more »

Goofs

During 'The Song of the King' Joseph says "I got the bit about the corn, but I'm not to sure about the cows. So if you could just give it to me one more time, Mr Pharaoh man." Pharaoh then proceeds to sing the verse about the corn again, and not the cows. This is in fact not an error. Pharaoh, an impatient man repeats the last line while Joseph checks for the correct answer in the Bible (held by the Narrator). The same is true for the stage productions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Some folks dream of the wonders they'll do before they're time on this planet is through. Some just don't have anything planned, they hide their hopes and their heads in the sand. Now I don't say who is wrong, who is right. But if by chance you are here for the night, then all I need is an hour or two to tell the tale of a dreamer like you.
Narrator: We all dream a lot. Some are lucky, some are not. But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it's real. You are what you feel. But all that I...
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Crazy Credits

Ending credits feature clips of each actor with real name listed and then of that actor in his/her character with that name listed as well. The credits of each of the 11 brothers appear in the same order as they are mentioned during the 'Jacob & Sons Song' scene: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Naphtali, Isaachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulun, Gad, Benjamin, Judah See more »

Connections

Version of Joseph 2000 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Poor Poor Pharaoh
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Maria Friedman, Alex Jennings, Robert Torti and Donny Osmond
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'Technicolor' Is Right, This Is Stunning!
24 December 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was much better than I thought it might be, and I give it a high grade in a number of areas, beginning with production. This looked good, sounded good and simply was good! For some reason, I didn't expect much from Donny Osmond. I guess the Osmond is a lot more talented than people give them credit for, and I won't make that mistake again. I'd say the same for Joan Collins, who I could not picture in a "biblical film," but she did just fine. Then again, she played the villainous "Potiphar," so it wasn't like she was playing against type!

Normally I wouldn't care for something that was akin to an opera (all the lyrics being sung) and would skeptical about any Hollywood did regarding the Bible (figuring it would be distorted) but - once again - I was surprised. The story stayed true to the Bible and the presentation was so well done - and so incredibly colorful on this DVD - that is was a very satisfying and entertaining adaptation..

What most people who liked this DVD would cite the acting, the singing, the songs and/or the story as what impressed them most but, to me, it was the brilliant, stunning color in this play. Besides being a classic Old Testament story, this is a real visual treat.


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