Noah's Ark (1999 film)

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Noah's Ark
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Noah's Ark DVD cover
Directed by John Irvin
Produced by Robert Halmi Sr.
Stephen Jones
Written by Peter Barnes
Starring Jon Voight
Mary Steenburgen
F. Murray Abraham
Mark Bazeley
Jonathan Cake
Alexis Denisof
Emily Mortimer
Sydney Tamiia Poitier
James Coburn
Music by Paul Grabowsky
Cinematography Mike Molloy
Release dates May 2, 1999 -
May 3, 1999
Running time 178 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Noah's Ark is a 1999 television film directed by John Irvin and starring Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, F. Murray Abraham, Mark Bazeley, Jonathan Cake, Alexis Denisof, Emily Mortimer, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and James Coburn. The film tells the Biblical story of Noah's Ark from the Book of Genesis. It was initially televised in the United States in three episodes of approximately 60 minutes each (178 minutes combined running time) and, that same year, was also televised in Canada, Germany and Portugal, among other countries.

The film portrays Noah as a resident of Sodom and Gomorrah and overlaps his story with that of Lot, who is at first his friend and later a villain. The wickedness of Sodom provokes God not only to destroy the city, but to flood the world as well.



Noah's Ark was critically panned for its creative liberties, rambling plot and irreverent portrayal of Biblical subjects. Various scenes in the film were seen as recycled tropes from the post-apocalyptic genre; a scene in which Lot leads a band of pirates in an attack on the Ark was compared to Waterworld.[1][2] Even so, the second night set a movie ratings mark for NBC that it did not pass again until 2004.[3]

The Malaysian government banned the film from being televised in the country under laws that prohibit any televised depiction of the prophets of Islam, including Noah and Lot.

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  1. ^ Mink, David (1999-04-30). "'Noah's Ark' an unholy mess". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ Owen, Rob (1999-05-05). "This 'Noah's Ark' sinks before docking". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Shane (2004-05-04). "NBC's earthquake miniseries draws 20.4M". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-11-15.