The Prodigal

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  • 1955
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 5.2  (681)

The Prodigal is a 1955 biblical epic drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by MGM. It stars Lana Turner, Edmund Purdom, and Louis Calhern, with a screenplay by Maurice Zimm. The film opens with Micah, the wealthy merchant, grieving for his prodigal son, Micah, who has squandered his inheritance on wine, women, and song. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the young and impulsive Micah falls in love with a seductive harlot named Samarra, who belongs to the cult of Asherah.

At the urging of Samarra, Micah leaves Jerusalem to join the cult and worship its idol. He is welcomed into the fold by the cult leader, Samarra's mother, who intends to use Micah's wealth and influence to further the cult's nefarious agenda.

As Micah grows more entrenched in the cult, he becomes increasingly estranged from his family and his spiritual roots. However, he begins to have doubts about the cult's teachings and practices, especially after witnessing a disturbing human sacrifice.

With the help of the wise and compassionate shepherd, Joram, Micah begins to question his loyalty to the cult and his commitment to Asherah. He also begins to feel a deepening sense of responsibility and regret for the pain he has caused his family and his community.

The climax of the film sees Micah returning to his father's house, seeking forgiveness and redemption. While he is initially rebuffed by his family and his former fiancée, he perseveres in his repentance and ultimately wins back their love and respect.

The Prodigal is a visually stunning film, with lavish sets, ornate costumes, and epic battle sequences. It also boasts a talented cast, with Lana Turner delivering a nuanced and emotional performance as Micah's long-suffering mother, and Edmund Purdom bringing depth and complexity to the role of Micah.

Overall, The Prodigal is a thought-provoking and engaging film that explores themes of faith, family, and redemption. It has stood the test of time as a classic example of the biblical epic genre and is still worth watching today.

The Prodigal is a 1955 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2.

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    5.2  (681)