The biblical tale of Jacob is, more than anything, a story about love--a frustratingly delayed love that is powerfully redemptive in the end. And it is a story of one man's unwavering faith in his God despite the deception, betrayal and cruelty he often endures. Starring Matthew Modine in the title role and Lara Flynn Boyle as his beloved Rachel, JACOB aired on TNT in 1994 as the second film of The Bible Series. The younger son of Isaac (son of Abraham), Jacob must leave Canaan as a young man to escape the wrath of his older brother Esau (convincingly portrayed by Sean Bean) after Jacob tricks his father into giving him his final paternal blessing. This one deed sets into motion the many trials and tribulations Jacob faces, most especially at the hands of Rachel's father. But Jacob not only survives these tests, he prospers. And when he finally understands he must return to Canaan with his wives and children, it is on this journey he is able to make things right with his brother Esau. Not through the sword but through his faith, love and understanding of God.
Directed by Sir Peter Hall and written by Lionel Chetwynd, JACOB features an international cast including Sean Bean, Irene Pappas, Giancarlo Giannini and Joss Ackland. Shot on location in Morocco, the sets, costumes and make-up lend an unsurpassed authenticity to the film.