One Night with the King

Synopsis: In Biblical times, a girl disguises her Jewish origins when the Persian king comes looking for a new bride among his subjects.
Director(s): Michael O. Sajbel
Production: Gener8Xion Entertainment
  2 wins.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
38
Rotten Tomatoes:
19%
PG
Year:
2006
123 min
$13,391,174
Website
59 Views

MORDECAI:
From whence comes

the purpose of a person's life?

Come it by chance, a casting of the lot,

or does a call of destiny

beckon to each of us?

Many have wondered

about my little Hadassah

and why a simple Jewish orphan

was chosen to stand against

the annihilation of her people.

And yet the mystery of the girl

most know as Esther

begins not where one might think,

but 500 years earlier

with a single act of disobedience.

King Saul of the Israelites

had been sent by the Prophet Samuel

to wipe out

an ancient child-sacrificing enemy.

So pervasive was their evil

that not even their oxen nor sheep

were to be spared,

and above all, no survivors left breathing.

My lord, I give you Agag,

king of the Amalekites.

We have also seized for you his livestock.

Even his queen.

What dark portent bid me haste

to cross this land of ours?

How would you accuse me now,

O Prophet?

I carried out your lord's command.

Then why do my ears

ring with the lowing of oxen

and the bleating of sheep?

Your Majesty, the Amalekite queen,

she escaped.

We have the king.

What is one woman?

You fool,

she is with child.

MORDECAI:
While the Prophet Samuel

put a swift end to King Agag,

Agag's queen,

fleeing with the seed of vengeance

growing within her,

the Jews never found.

HADASSAH:
Uncle Mordecai!

Rebecca, what kind of housekeeper

do you think you are?

Serves you right

for bringing home your work.

HADASSAH:

The caravan arrived this morning.

Well, Susa is the capital of the new world.

Caravans arrive every day.

Not from Jerusalem.

Well, perhaps

you ought to go back and ask them

if they'll arrive the same time next year.

Next year? You promised.

- Rebecca!

- REBECCA:
Fight your own battles.

You don't pay me enough

to fight the battle for you.

- Good morning, Hadassah.

- And where have you been?

I'm sorry, Grandmother,

the markets were really busy.

There's a new caravan in from...

- Sore subject.

- Uncle Mordecai,

does not your own heart

long to see our people restored to glory?

It does.

Did not Cyrus the Great conquer Babylon

and free our people from captivity?

He did.

But do we embrace our freedom

and leave this pagan empire

to embrace our destiny?

- Of course not.

- MORDECAI:
Lord,

I pray to you day and night

to give me the patience of Job,

give me the wisdom of Solomon.

And what do you give me?

You give me the endless equivocations

of a beautiful, young woman.

Look.

Hadassah, always dreaming.

Maybe...

Here, then, you be the princess.

While many Jews had forgotten

the acts of centuries past,

the descendants of Agag had not.

For Agag's queen did indeed survive

and gave birth to a son.

And she forged for him a mark,

prophesying that one day

an Agagite would arrive,

a descendant of Agag,

who would finally exact vengeance

upon the Jews.

Hadassah, read us a story!

Read us a story!

A story? You want a story?

- GIRL:
Hadassah, help!

- Over here.

Are you okay?

HADASSAH:
"And King Saul said to David,

"'You cannot go before this Goliath

"'for you are but a youth.'

"David replied,

"'While keeping my father's sheep,

there came a lion and a bear.

"'And I slew them both.

"'This Goliath shall be as one of them

for he defied the armies of the Lord."'

As will Jesse Ben-Joseph,

should he but take one step closer.

With peace, Haman.

- There's little but random news I bear.

- I judge that.

Rumor has it

Queen Vashti plans not to attend

the King's banquet this evening,

in protest of the war.

Apparently the King has no idea.

Some see random news.

Others, opportunities.

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