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Noah is a 1998 drama film directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Tony Danza, Wallace Shawn, Jane Sibbett, and John Marshall Jones. The story is based on the biblical tale of Noah and the Great Flood, but with a modern twist. The film follows the story of Noah (Tony Danza), a successful businessman who lives with his wife Joan (Jane Sibbett) and their three children in a luxurious house in Beverly Hills. Noah is a workaholic who spends most of his time in his office, ignoring his family's needs and desires. One day, he starts receiving strange messages from a mysterious figure who claims to be God (Wallace Shawn).
At first, Noah thinks it's a prank or a delusion, but as the messages become more urgent and demanding, he starts to believe that he has been chosen to save humanity from a coming disaster. God instructs Noah to build an ark and fill it with two of each species of animals, as a flood is coming that will wipe out all life on Earth.
Noah is initially skeptical and afraid of the consequences of following God's orders, but as he starts to witness the chaos and destruction around him, he becomes more committed to his mission. He enlists the help of his family, his friends, and even some strangers who are touched by his faith and determination.
The film explores themes of faith, family, environmentalism, and the timeless human struggle with mortality and purpose. It also features stunning visual effects that bring to life the biblical story in a way that is both realistic and fantastical.
Tony Danza delivers a nuanced and powerful performance as Noah, portraying both his flaws and his strengths with empathy and depth. Wallace Shawn is also excellent as the enigmatic God figure, balancing humor and gravitas in a role that could have easily veered into parody. The supporting cast is equally talented, with Jane Sibbett and John Marshall Jones shining as Noah's conflicted and supportive wife and friend, respectively.
Overall, Noah is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant film that transcends its religious origins to explore universal themes of humanity and spirituality. It is a must-see for fans of epic dramas and biblical tales, as well as anyone who is interested in exploring the deeper questions of life and existence.