Biblical epic. Settling his Hebrew people by the corrupt city of Sodom, Lot (Stewart Granger) unwittingly upsets the schemes of the Queen's traitorous brother, leading to conflict.
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HORSE AND CART RUMBLES
For hundreds of years,
fabulous riches had accumulated
behind the walls of Sodom and Gomorrah,
cities of sin and unspeakable vice.
And the lust for power and wealth
had now reached the ever-threatening desert tribes,
whose most powerful chief
was the King of the Helamites.
Even if your prince's officers are loyal to him,
our combined attack against Sodom must await my calvary's return.
Tell your prince I look forward to the day
we spill the blood of our enemies.
Thank you, your highness.
Be careful of Sodomite patrols!
There! There she is!
Get down from that horse!
Who sent you to the Helamites?
Who sent you? Who sent you?
Tamar, the Prince's messenger.
She may talk.
We must get word to his highness.
While treason and intrigue were perpetrated
in Sodom and Gomorrah,
in the desert, the peaceful people,
the Hebrews, wandered in search of forage
for their herds and crops for themselves.
Amongst these Hebrews was the tribe of Abraham.
And the land was not able to bear them
that they might dwell together,
for their numbers were great.
So Abraham said unto Lot,
"If you will take the left hand,
"then I will go to the right,
"or if you depart to the right hand,
"then I will go to the left."
Lot chose and journeyed east with his people
toward the valley of the Jordan.
The journey was long and weary.
Thirst, hunger, and exhaustion
came unto Lot's people,
and so did the loss of hope
that spread amongst them the seed of dissension.
Lot said it's only for the sick to drink.
Aren't you sick, Isaac?
Do you feel well? Rip them open.
Let the cold water rush over your hands,
let it wet your lips, fill your mouth.
Then when Lot gets angry,
you'll say, "But Lot, can't you see I'm sick?
"I die for water." Take it.
Go on. Take it. Here. Take it.
Wait, Isaac. Wait!
Please. I want a drink. I'm sick, Lot.
I'm sick. It was put here for the sick.
But who made him sick?
Who goaded him so he lost control?
I say Lot did.
I say we turn back.
When we are almost within a few days,
even a few hours of our destination?
Lot's unfit to lead us.
We've suffered enough.
It's not our custom
to settle such matters with a weapon.
Give the word to turn back.
The council has empowered Lot to be our leader, Melchior.
It's your place to obey.
That staff belongs in my hand.
It's my place to lead.
As Melchior burns for action,
I suggest he come ahead with me.
We'll find out how far we still have to go.
Come, let's drink.
Where there's water, there's also danger.
No! Let them approach.
What are you doing here?
We're looking for water.
You'll find none at the oasis -
not since the drought three years ago.
You're Hebrews, aren't you?
Our patrols have said for weeks you were coming.
They said your men were bearded,
but you're clean-shaven. Why?
Our men go clean-shaven
when they're in mourning.
Really? For whom? A favourite, perhaps?
There's always someone to take the place of a wife, no?
How far is it to water?
Many of my people are sick.
They may also need salt.
Salt? But salt creates thirst.
It is a secret as old as my city.
When one is overcome by weakness from the sun's heat,
one needs salt.
Unfortunately, I've traded all mine
for those slaves you see.
I bought them for the Queen.
They're worth four times their weight in salt.
Am I a poor creature, too?
Does your heart ache for me?
I'm a slave, too -
chief of the Queen's body slaves.
For one human to own another is wrong - evil.
How strange you are.
Where I come from, nothing is evil.
Everything that gives pleasure is good.
Where do you come from?
There. Not far. Just ahead.
Sodom and Gomorrah.
You citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, beware!
Your sins cry out for extermination!
You buy men and women
as if they were objects of stone.
You treat them only
as implements for your pleasure
or machines to work!
You force them to mine
your miraculous deposits of pure white salt
to increase the power
of your infamous cities!
Yes, your power and wealth rest on salt,
and your salt is bought with the blood of slaves!
Hear me, o people of Sodom.
It's only Alabias, the old clown.
Close his mouth. I must warn the Prince.
And someday they will destroy you,
just as your bloody prince
would destroy even his own sister.
Silence, old man.
You dare blaspheme against the Queen's brother?
Who is he to command loyalty
and you to speak of it?
You, who monopolize that one commodity
more valuable in all Africa than gold -
Who use this precious stuff
to keep your cruel fingers
tight on the heartstrings of a whole continent...
who trade your salt for jewels, perfumes, or slaves
to sate the hideous appetites of your Queen
and your infamous prince!
TRADITIONAL MUSIC PLAYS
We rode hard to warn you.
I only hope that we came in time.
She has not yet arrived.
It is well done to come so fast.
You shall be rewarded.
It's enough to call for more subtle methods -
betrayal... a great defeat on the battlefield
that would disgrace her.
Then her murder would be hailed
as an act of patriotism.
And he who kills her, the next King of Sodom and Gomorrah.
My sister. She thinks herself as strong a leader
as a man might be.
But she has a little, cautious woman's mind.
I could create a state, a nation, an empire.
She seeks to conserve only what we have -
our two joined cities.
Let go of me!
Here she is.
I'll protect you.
GROANING AND MOANING
What message did he give you for me?
That the arrival of the Hebrews makes a difference.
The time is not yet.
I said quiet!
Breathe, I said!
Blind? What a wonderful idea.
So delightfully imaginative.
It makes the whole affair more interesting.
an excellent refinement.
That should certainly make the disloyal slut talk.
Utter the name that my sister wishes to know,
and your sisters will die.
You let them watch, and I shall utter it.
Of all my slaves, you were my favourite.
Weren't you happy with me?
Not even grateful?
What information did you take
to the Helamite camp?
Since when did murderers act as judges?
Since when did traitors
have the right to question?
Who sent you there?
Whoever it is,
I prefer to leave them still alive...
my legacy to your majesty in Sodom.
Tamar. Tamar, the slave!
Quickly. It's better this way.
I beg you.
I'll feel less pain.
I beg you, Arno.
The name, Tamar.
Please, Arno! No!
She will die silent.
Kill the rest of the litter.
Speak! Tell me the name!
Who sent you to the Helamites?
Speak before it's too late!
Of all of them,
this animal's the most delicate compliment to your taste.
Thank you, your majesty.
They are tough, Ildith, to suppress all outcry.
I admire pride.
It had best not please you too much.
If one is to take Tamar as an example,
the life expectancy of the Queen's favourites
is distressingly brief.
You say you met them, these Hebrews?
That's more than my brother has done,
yet he hasn't ceased to warn me against them for weeks.
I wonder why.
You can see yourself the Hebrews are untrustworthy.
They're fanatics who'll do anything to propagate their faith.
you tell me they're not dangerous.
Dangerous to whom?
Didn't you say they went unarmed?
The ones I saw, yes.
I'd like to see for myself
why you think them such a menace.
When my plans are perfected,
we shall visit them.
I live, my dear sister,
only to obey your orders.
he thinks no further than the point of his sword.
He thinks of these people
as a physical threat.
In a physical sense,
their presence can be useful -
in the event of an attack
from the Helamites, let's say.
In time of peace,
they live in youthful employment -
slaves of the soil.
As slaves, no.
Their leader, Lot, believes
that for one human being to own another
If they own no slaves,
they must be very poor.
Yes, of course.
But they don't seem to know that they're poor.
If Lot chooses not to own slaves,
that is his affair.
But it is not always possible
to avoid becoming one,
particularly when tempted by tricksters as old as Sodom,
as long-lived as Gomorrah.
How often, even in our own marketplace,
have we heard
"Ah, but the Hebrews keep their word.
"The Hebrews can be trusted"?
and that great empire my brother dreams of
stand the Hebrews
with their newborn religion.
And between the Hebrews and the world, only Sodom.
And you, Ildith,
are you afraid of being my favourite?
Where our faith will meet its bitterest test.
No Hebrew must go into those cities,
no, not even near them.
Give the order no one is to cross the river.
No one cross the river!
My two fine, courageous daughters,
our long pilgrimage is finally over.
You warn our people not to drink too much.
'Oh, thank you, lord, for our deliverance,
'and I humbly beg you
'to show me what we must do now.'
Take it away.
Get on there. Come on.
Old Alabias seems still alive.
What hideous place is this?
What dreadful blasphemy.
Dead and dying men,
white bones under the lord's bright sky
and his sweet sun.
You'll be all right. We'll take care of you.
What is this place?
for the slaves of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The flesh from these bones
was the clay that built those iniquitous cities.
Come on. Move.
Go faster. Move!
The chosen people.
Or so they call themselves.
Chosen by whom?
You were right, Ildith.
When it's dressed in homespun,
one tends to take crudity for virtue.
So long as one doesn't mistake it for weakness.
Warn our people. No one is to cross the river.
Except you, Lot.
You must negotiate for us.
Be careful, Lot.
My son and I, we're slaves of the Queen.
We will carry you across.
I have my own legs.
So we may talk.
You have no slaves?
We're only servants ourselves -
servants of Jehovah.
If my son and I could escape to you,
will you give us sanctuary?
Your majesty. Lot...
leader of the Hebrews,
of all places to choose from,
what was there here
that made you journey across the desert?
I'd heard the land was fertile.
For what, your crops... or your religion?
For both, perhaps.
If this land were yours,
would your people be prepared to fight for it?
The nomadic tribes are far from friendly.
We are not warriors,
but we would fight
to defend what is ours.
Then make it yours.
All this valley
for 100,000 talents of grain a year
It's only fair to warn you the land's barren and dry.
We could not possibly meet the price.
75,000 talents a year.
For, say, seven years?
My daughter brings a gift for your majesty
to seal the bargain.
To dry your legs.
Let me give you a gift in return -
this female slave. ..Ildith.
I will not go.
I'd rather die.
Is this why I was schooled -
to live here with herdsmen
in huts of... of stinking hide?
You were schooled to do whatever pleased my whim.
Your majesty, I must refuse.
It is against our principles
to own another human being.
Is it also against your principles
to liberate them?
THEY SING A TRADITIONAL SONG
Walk faster. Come.
There's going to be trouble, Necor.
The women, especially the wives,
are reluctant to accept this woman.
She's an ex-Sodom slave.
But I shall point out
from the altar of the tabernacle
the need for hospitality.
Thank you, Necor.
We dressed her as you have ordered, Lot.
She complains of the fit,
but I've told her she will get used to it,
even as the rest of us.
Thank you, Ruth.
As you ordered, Lot.
Aren't you even going to look at me?
Exquisite, isn't it?
And so soft to the skin.
Do you find it more becoming
than the silks I wore when I came here?
For its purpose, yes.
A bird wears bright feathers
to attract other birds.
Look at this.
Or don't you agree with me?
Not at all.
Women wear clothes to shelter them from the sun,
to protect them from the cold.
That explains the fit.
You...you Hebrews confuse clothes with tents.
Oh, yes, they're loose.
That's to leave the limbs free to work.
A woman's work -
to cook, spin,
clean, follow the harvesters.
And you say slavery's against your principles?
And yet you want me to do work
no slave of my class has ever done before.
Work is the price of freedom -
to support your own needs,
to be able to determine
how and where you will work.
To...to own yourself.
If it means sunburned face,
coarse sand, rough and dirty clothes like these,
then let me be a slave in Sodom.
Let me, too,
if it means perfumes and silks like these.
Feel it, father.
Like an angel's wing.
And the shoes. See the lovely shoes.
You'll need these when they're dry.
What would your mother have said?
What would she have said
to see the woman who owned these clothes
in our tent?
No need for a man who's lost his wife
to be ashamed of that.
You're forgetting that your father is the leader.
The first thing I learned as a slave
was that a leader can do no wrong.
Return our slaves.
This land is ours.
They reached it. They're free.
Would you kill a helpless man? Would you?
Tell your Queen that we'll care for her brother.
Shuah, take him to our tent.
And also tell her these men are now free.
We grant them sanctuary.
get off our land.
Return to Sodom!
The Sodomites will never forgive you for this.
We have no need to fear the Sodomites.
We're servants of the Lord.
We're here on God's business.
It is they who should fear us.
PRAYING IN Hebrew
The elders and Lot are offering a prayer to Jehovah.
They ask that he help us in our new venture.
It is better they ask for swords, spears, lances.
They don't yet understand.
The Sodomites are your enemies -
Be careful of this Astaroth.
No matter how sweetly he speaks,
be wary of him.
I'm in your thoughts a good deal,
Even at night?
Not at all.
Tell me... do you think of me often?
Is my skin still as soft
as the first day you bathed me?
Does my hair smell as sweet?
Does your hand still tremble?
My father told me to care for you.
I obey him, nothing more.
Not even at night?
Tent walls are thin,
and you sleep so close.
I hear you.
Your words are most...
Should I really tell you?
Why are you this way?
What is it?
Your... your skin...
..the door of your hair...
..why do I...
..why can't I stop feeling?
To stop feeling is to die.
You're too young for that.
Remember your dream last night.
And he didn't even tell you he was leaving?
Why should he?
He only stayed to amuse himself.
Remember how Ildith looked when she first came?
Those are the women he is used to.
That should be wide enough.
It should withstand any pressure.
How long will it take?
If our people work as hard as Eber,
we'll be ready for spring planting.
A present for Sodom's Queen.
She'll be pleased to see this burial ground turned green.
The promised land for every slave in Sodom.
You see this root?
Well, this root grows wild
all over the hills here,
and when you cut it, like this, it bleeds.
And we use the juice
to dye the nails, like this.
The more you use,
the darker it gets, until...
Now what's going on?
She had an animal's feet. I showed her.
So I see. Shuah...
..the hour is late.
The stock need watering.
You see? My father doesn't want me to be attractive.
Why can't Maleb take care of the stock?
Must she do your work along with hers?
My daughters are attractive enough
as nature made them.
They need no adornment to make them more so.
Perhaps...perhaps the best artifice is to have none.
You know, there must be a charm
about the flesh and the skin, sunburned,
fresh from the wind...
..that we in Sodom never realized.
You think so?
A dirt floor has its advantages.
Had that have been marble,
this pretty thing would have broken.
Let me see the other hand.
Let's go near the light,
where I can see better.
You haven't the hands of a farmer at all.
You have the hands of an important man.
Your lifeline, it's long and clear.
My lifeline is short.
That means I shall die very young.
Do you mean to say you believe in such things?
Why? Don't you?
We believe only God knows our future.
That belief gives us a faith
that moves mountains.
Soon...you'll see that faith create something
that will transform this whole land.
When you see that creation rise against the sky,
then perhaps you'll come to share our faith.
And after that fine speech,
you're going to sleep outside?
No...in the tent of Ishmael.
Of course. I should have remembered.
Here it's warm, comfortable.
Too comfortable, perhaps?
And you have to set a good example
to the men of the tribe.
Even though you wanted to stay here,
you wouldn't dare, would you?
You're more of a slave to your beliefs
than any slave in Sodom!
BOMBASTIC MUSIC PLAYS
Though your visit
caught us by surprise, your highness,
we managed to arrange in your honour
this rather primitive display
of our marching and horsemanship.
Hardly primitive, I assure you.
The flower of a dozen desert tribes.
March them an hour longer.
Why don't you act immediately?
Patience, patience. I hear your sister has new allies.
Allies? The Hebrews live in tents of skin.
Their camp's unfortified. Their men go unarmed.
I heard the Queen's brother was unhorsed by them.
They're a peaceful people.
Still, I intend to appraise with my own eyes
the strength of these... peaceful people.
All things must wait their moment.
I've trained leopards to hunt.
I can tell from the pull of the leash
when the animal's ready to spring.
That moment is not quite yet.
I await your majesty's pleasure.
Have you seen my brother?
No, your majesty.
So, in short,
we must maintain a constant alert
and gain as many converts as possible.
When the attack comes,
we must throw our entire strength
against the Queen's forces.
how pleasant to see so many of my loyal officers
so sure of our defences
that they can afford to while away their time
in my father's favourite game...
playing it here
before his mortal remains.
You do him and our other ancestors
the kind of honour they would have relished.
We were not as idle as you would think.
No? More to the point,
have your officers discovered
why the Hebrews spend their time in that dusty quarry?
I was just suggesting - only a theory, of course -
that those huge blocks of granite which have puzzled us
are for a temple to propitiate their voracious God.
Best to make sure.
Here, their first request for salt.
Mind they sign pledges
for every grain they need.
You might find guileless Ildith of use to you.
Ask her what they build.
A visit to the Hebrew camp. How pleasant.
Ah, yes, Lot's young daughter.
I must say that at times
you men make me envy your freedom of activity.
And nothing else?
..as you, alone perhaps, are well aware,
..oldest and dearest enemy of all.
You drew blood.
It doesn't give you any longer pleasure?
Not even pain.
Go! Do as I order!
As you desire,
So the Sodomites think we're building
a temple to Jehovah, huh?
To Jehovah? No.
A pagan temple, I'm afraid -
Good neighbours, come!
We bring you gifts, beautiful gifts!
Silver, perfumes, jewels!
Gold and silver! All for you!
Gold, at the request of your leader,
but we've brought other things.
Make your houses better than your neighbours'!
Are you not pleased to see me?
Tell me, does this man Lot
seem to be attracted to you?
I would judge so. Yes.
What is it the Hebrews build in the canyon?
I haven't found out.
It's your business to find out.
My dear child,
you're here precisely to keep us informed,
to seduce Lot to our customs,
to convert him, say,
even as Malech converts the women.
Tell your sister I know nothing,
and if I did, I wouldn't say.
Now, now, my love.
You know my sister doesn't take kindly to harsh words.
Why should I care?
She gave me away. I'm not her property.
I can do as I please. I own myself.
I wish you pleasure in the ownership.
The bird you seek took cover
there in those tall reeds.
I find your loyalty to Lot most touching.
Why do you hide from me?
Am I suddenly a stranger to you,
or are you angry at me for leaving?
You won't show me where you are.
That improves the game.
I have to find your tracks in the reeds.
You left tracks, you know.
You meant to leave them,
so that I could follow you...
and find you.
And even for an indifferent huntsman.
It's easy to follow tracks left in reeds, my Shuah,
as you well know.
We'll soon find them.
We'll find where you are.
Why do you need so much, Melchior, huh?
Why so much?
You wanted me to find you. Admit it.
Salt is for everyone.
It's free, like water, like the air!
In the name of the council,
Necor signs for all of us!
But why? We're not slaves!
And now you,
Astaroth and Shuah. I didn't think. Forgive me.
Down by the reeds.
Oh, leave me.
What restrains you?
Is it rougher treatment you expect?
Now, run. Leave me to my pleasure or die.
Go on, kill me,
but you'll never reach Sodom alive.
You want him to live?
You once spared me.
For her, I spare you,
but now, you and I are even.
Next time, there will be no handicap.
No favour given.
No favour asked.
You touch my daughter once again -
but once again -
and by Jehovah, I'll kill you.
Who are they?
Perhaps now you'll agree.
It's wiser to move on.
We'll call a meeting of the council, plan our defence.
We are just coming off duty, Lot.
Oh, good, Sarah.
All the relief sentinels posted?
On all high points,
within hearing distance of each other.
But for days we've seen nothing.
Give the devil his due - or hers.
She's worked like one of us
this whole week.
What does one week prove?
They've been watching us. I'd better go.
Look at him.
She'll have him sweeping out the tent next.
Leave them alone.
There's something I want to ask you.
It's about Maleb and me.
We look forward to getting married.
Well, naturally, not right away.
In about six months.
Ishmael, when a man and woman love each other...
..they shouldn't live apart too long.
There are good reasons to wait -
my share of the crop,
a new household to furnish.
Whenever you decide, with my blessing.
Now give her a kiss.
You shouldn't have followed me.
Oh? Not to my own tent in broad daylight?
That's just it.
All those women at the river -
it will be all over the camp.
The breath of scandal.
You have a low opinion of me.
You confuse me with my office.
Lot the leader of the tribe would never do this,
so, of course, neither would Lot the man.
Now here is Lot the man,
and his heart is pounding
like an idiot boy.
He didn't set out for his tent,
but his legs brought him here.
So? Let it be all over camp.
Must I deny myself what other people take
as naturally as bread and salt?
Yes. Your people must think of you
as a good man.
Good? Why not dull...
grey, old, boring?
That wasn't what I meant.
What has my being a good man
to do with me being here with you
in my own tent?
Is it because you think I'm a good man
and that you're not a good woman
because you once lived in Sodom?
You could never conceive the life I lived in Sodom.
I want you for my wife.
You mustn't love me.
I don't know. You just mustn't.
My good wife.
It's not for what I've done.
It's for what I may do someday.
I may never believe in this Jehovah.
I may never be happy in clothes like these.
You will be.
Perhaps...perhaps something in me will betray us,
and I will want to go back to Sodom.
That's a chance I will take.
Why do you disturb me?
Why can't you say this to the guards?
Doesn't one favour call for another?
Did not Melchior show you the way
to Lot's daughter?
Other favours I'm prepared to perform,
but perhaps you're not interested in the first Hebrews
who wish to become citizens of Sodom.
Favours in the past are happily remembered.
Favours yet to come will be rewarded.
Be assured that here you are most welcome.
Melchior betrayed us.
What else must you say?
To Sodomites, nothing,
but to Hebrews who betray us, much.
To us you're dead.
Hollow words of an empty religion.
I'd say you're all mad
if I hadn't seen this great dam you've built.
Help! Help me, Father!
Don't take him!
Please, let me go!
You've been so wise, so clever.
You dug a pit for them
and fell into it yourself.
You talked the Hebrews into overpaying for a wasteland,
and now with their dam,
that land will yield enough to pay for itself
in two short years.
Now time is on their side...
my gracious sister.
But Melchior brought other information...
That Lot was going to marry Ildith.
You think it's not important?
It proves to me
that the leader of these impregnable people
is not so impregnable,
that time is on my side.
the leader of the Hebrews -
Lot - he awaits with a group of his advisers.
They wish to speak to you.
Tell Lot I'll speak to him, but alone.
This is excellent.
He delivered himself into our hands.
We can finish with Lot
and leave the Hebrews without a leader.
And Sodom without allies?
Your eagerness to serve touches me.
Put away that weapon and wait outside.
Why must I always be treated as a child?
I want to speak to Lot alone.
My brother is suffering
from a slight attack of hurt pride.
Pay no attention to him.
You've come to reclaim Melchior?
I care nothing for traitors,
but where are the ex-slaves
he helped abduct from me yesterday?
To clear your head
and calm your temper, Lot.
Where are they?
I want them back.
It is our pleasure to give you pleasure,
so let us make you comfortable.
You're wasting your time.
I didn't come here to be drowned in wine
and smothered in cushions.
I'm the leader of the Hebrews.
I came to speak with the leader of the Sodomites.
You want me to speak not as a woman
but as ruler of Sodom?
Very well. But you speak as leader of the Hebrews,
and, if you please,
not as the self-appointed prophet of an imaginary deity.
We will both dispense with camouflage.
Do you want to see the slaves
that were recaptured?
Where does he go with so grim a face?
Wherever he goes it will serve him not.
Our general's wrath is aroused.
The wicked will not escape.
A man on free land is free.
If not, we aren't masters of the land we buy from you.
In that case, we must move on.
Who told you I'd mind if you left?
Was it Ildith?
Nobody told me.
You asked if I'd be willing
to fight for the land.
Since then I've assumed that our presence here
suits your purpose,
but perhaps I was wrong.
I can afford to be generous.
The three recaptured slaves
are to be unchained and delivered
back to the Hebrews.
Yes, your majesty.
And the right of sanctuary?
As you insist it be part of your land, that, too.
You refused to drink with me before.
to celebrate a covenant
between two good enemies.
We are enemies, are we not?
Our peoples? No.
Our philosophies? Yes.
Do you see any lack of spirit there?
Detect any weakness now?
Nothing but high spirits -
I bow to your good judgment,
but if it is to be done,
it should be done now.
You have never asked my price.
I assumed there would be one.
For years we nomadic people paid dreadful tribute
for the salt from your city.
Now our turn has come.
One half of Sodom's yearly output of salt.
The leopard tugs at the leash.
When I release it,
do you take care of the play within the walls?
Yes, my sister.
I've waited a long time for this kind of hunting.
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I'm so happy to see you my father's wife.
Thank you, Shuah.
May I be first to bring you the good bread
and salt of life?
Thank you, Ishmael.
It's yours and Maleb's turn next.
Happy life. Thank you.
Long life. Eber.
Oh, my lucky comb.
Remember? I used it as a bait
to catch you with.
Don't you ever lose it.
Ildith, take the women and children to Sodom.
Demand shelter for them.
We were warned this might happen,
but we gave our word to protect this land.
We're prepared, so arm yourselves.
Take up your positions.
As Lot has said, we are well-prepared.
They must pass through the canyon
before reaching us.
They're over an hour away.
Have faith. Calm yourselves.
Our outposts told us.
All goes as Lot planned.
Have we not rehearsed this?
Meet the enemy with faith.
I'm so sorry. On your wedding day.
Quiet, Maleb. Quiet.
What will the other women think?
He'll come back.
Shuah, you and your sister
help Ildith lead the women.
Ildith, my two daughters will obey you
as their own mother.
We must take immediate action.
The Helamites are less than 5 miles away.
As agreed, you're under Lot's command.
May I suggest that I select
our most trustworthy officers and men,
that they remain in the city
as her majesty's bodyguard.
As you wish.
Let them enter!
The men I picked to stay are in the forefront.
As her majesty's most trusted warriors,
they were given that honour.
Give me the honour of leading them.
You will serve where it best pleases me.
Here...at my side.
Go! Attack the Hebrew camp.
Death to the Hebrews!
Destroy their camp!
The Hebrews don't even fight for their camp.
The Hebrews are gone!
We'll find them.
Even in Sodom, General,
the Sodomite cavalry is noted for its treachery.
I hope they're not vital to your plans.
We hold them in reserve.
With good fortune, they won't fight.
The Helamites have destroyed our camp -
tents, grain, everything burned.
All our men are in their assigned positions.
But suppose the Helamites don't chose to fight
where we want them to?
That's what the decoys are for.
Signal them to come towards us.
No prisoners will be taken!
The word of the day is...
You see, captain,
they are prepared.
Your prince's allies seem hopelessly trapped, Captain.
The key to the trap is up there.
We turn that key,
and we turn the tide of the battle.
You take that tank,
I'll take the other.
The fire, it's dying out!
Go see what's happened.
Melchior! Come back.
Come back, you traitor!
I hear no voice.
The dead cannot speak.
We'll be massacred!
Lot, order a retreat.
Our men must hold them,
give us time to break the dam.
The dam? No, Lot!
It's our peoples' only hope for the future.
I know that!
There's nothing else to do.
Order our men to fight
till they hear the horn.
The Sodomites, too.
When they hear the horn, they'll retreat.
Eber, back to the dam.
The way's clear.
Defend the dam's south face.
I'll take this side.
Cut off the Hebrews!
I'm in command now!
They retreat to their camp!
After them! Stop them!
Eber, try and break the centre of the dam.
We'll hold them as long as we can.
Now, Eber. Now!
Over there. You, up there!
We'll break the dam.
Have you warned them to watch my signal?
Yes! They'll sound the alarm.
They're trying to drown us.
Your men, dismount!
First patrol move forward.
Attack south face of dam.
Attack south face of dam!
Second patrol attack north face!
Foot soldiers, advance!
Cut the ropes!
Cut the ropes!
Go on! Cut them!
Come on! Let's go!
Up the canyon's side. Quick!
Isn't that what you once called the Hebrews?
My dear bodyguard...
who got no opportunity...
to protect his sovereign.
Get water and bandages for the wounded.
and the world...
..only the Hebrews.
Listen to her majesty.
Hebrews and Sodomites,
We extend the hospitality of our city
to you brave Lot,
and all your people.
Inside waits food and drink...
and all that your warriors may dream of.
Charity from the Sodomites?
We can take Sodom in a blow,
free the slaves.
Give us the command, my general,
and we'll burn Sodom.
No. I'm going to accept.
We have very little choice.
we accept your offer of food and shelter,
but only until our encampment
has once more been rebuilt.
I will tend to the wounded.
'Oh, Lord, Jehovah, give me some sign
'that I have done well in your sight,
'that I have made the proper choice,
'and show me if you will
'what is it I am to do next in thy service.'
Where's the water?
In there. Quick.
I'll look there.
All our work, destroyed.
Ruined by the water we counted on as our blessing.
The water's still there
to grow things again.
This land is cursed.
I'm not convinced.
I'm not convinced at all.
The whole tip of it.
The flood or the landslide carried away the earth.
Our soil will grow nothing.
We'll never raise a crop.
This is on our land.
What good is land that is poisoned? Dead?
Better we leave it, return whence we came.
No. We'll accept the Queen's invitation.
We will live in Sodom.
Separate, but in their full view.
Live in Sodom?
This is the sign I was asking for.
Jehovah's chosen me to lead my people from the fields.
We'll open up shops,
give honest weights, fair measures.
The Sodomite tyranny is ended!
Merchants who never came to Sodom
will come to buy from us.
We'll pay for our land in one year.
But what will we sell?
And so it came about
that the Hebrews lived within the walls
of Sodom and Gomorrah.
And they gave up their simple lives
as farmers and herdsmen
to become merchants of salt.
To pay for our land, Ishmael, or for you?
No, to free the slaves.
It's Judge Lot's midday meal. Come back tomorrow.
He'll do his best to listen to your grievances
and dispense justice.
I remember when Lot wouldn't stop work to eat.
He ate as he worked.
Said sweat made crusts taste as good as a meal.
Lot used to say salt should be free -
like air, like water.
Now we sell it for gold.
Look, the tax I collect from one day's effort.
That's to buy our land from the Queen.
We sell more because our price is fair.
Tell the Sodomite slaves that.
To meet our fair price,
the Sodomites work them faster,
whip them harder.
Lot's won a great victory.
He brings wealth to you just as to us.
Can it be we Sodomites
are more generous than you Hebrews?
We admire your Lot.
You admire him. We love him.
And our love obliges us to remind him
he is Jehovah's servant.
A servant must not forget his master.
Your anger is intemperate, Ishmael.
How else should anger be?
Can you explain what you have to gain
by such radical action?
It can't go on like this.
We must stop them.
Create an open breach with the Sodomites?
They wouldn't know. It would appear the slaves planned it.
What is this?
When they do escape, we have the Queen's word.
Once inside a Hebrew dwelling,
any slave has sanctuary.
You'd steal the Queen's property
and hide behind her word?
Are flesh and blood, human beings, merely property?
How you've changed.
I'm a man of peace, Ishmael.
I must respect the way my neighbors think.
We've accepted their hospitality,
broken bread with them.
What they've paid for we cannot simply steal.
We'll lose all moral ground for being here.
Our only moral ground is to free slaves.
We are in Sodom
to win people over to decency.
While slaves die?
Of all people, you know what it's like
to be a slave.
A mine slave?
What do I know of mine slaves?
I was never one of those.
I think their freedom is less important
than our peace with Sodom.
Ishmael, I order you -
you will make no move without my consent.
Then why do we live here?
You still will not understand.
As we grow in the esteem of the Sodomites,
we'll attain by law all that we wish.
And all this you'd jeopardize
on one rash, destructive act.
They change us more than we change them.
Their evil infects us!
Look around you.
Your clothes, this food, this house -
we live in a nicer place
because the elders wish it.
Lot's the leader of a prosperous people.
And Shuah - who paints her face, who is never home?
And my own Maleb,
who avoids my eyes?
Is this true?
Shuah passes her time
as others of her own age do.
And as for Maleb,
if you gave her as much thought as the slaves,
there would be no trouble between you.
How can you judge innocence, who have none?
If you have any charge against my wife or myself,
bring it before the elders.
He's angry with me, not you.
But he doesn't realize how close,
how really close we are to success
without any need for force.
Did Lot listen to you?
It's what he does best.
All he refuses to do is act.
Once the Queen told me
that between the Hebrews and the world
stood only Sodom.
Do you believe in that?
Yes, I do.
Of all the Hebrews,
who do you think is now the mightiest?
My uncle, Abraham.
And if you were to convert Sodom...
..then who would be the greatest?
How proud I would be.
If that should come to pass,
it will be the will of Jehovah.
I am simply his chosen instrument.
It's for what you have done as Lot the man.
You still don't understand, do you?
You still don't believe.
That the great things you accomplish aren't yours at all,
but thanks only to this great invisible Jehovah?
Aren't there times when you know where the true credit lies?
your ex-slave irritate you,
I worry for your sake.
If ever we encounter hardship or danger again,
you'd be lost.
Then I shall be lost!
Because I can't believe in what I can't see.
I know I will never be able
to face hardship or privation ever again.
But I won't have to now,
because you will protect me.
Isn't it enough... for now...
..that I believe in you?
Your sister - Maleb.
No, I don't believe it.
Because it makes you angry.
Is that why?
Maleb is too young, too innocent,
too sweet to be as wicked as...
as I am.
If you had, if you did love her, too,
why would you tell me?
Hasn't it succeeded...
in making you jealous?
You see, I was right.
You are jealous.
I wish I knew!
I wish I knew!
What difference does it make?
She's my sister.
Haven't you now more in common?
More in common, too, with that other Hebrew
who finds our Sodom so fair - your father?
My father is good.
Did I say he wasn't?
Didn't he marry one of our women?
Bring your whole tribe into the city?
How then do you differ from him?
And how does Maleb?
Do I remind you of your father?
You prefer the captain?
He is beautiful,
Would you like to kiss him?
Don't be afraid.
Isn't she lovely?
Try taking her in your arms.
I thought that years of devotion to your person
deserved at least respect.
Respect a panting dog that always wagged its tail?
He goes, he thinks, to betray me.
Already the Queen knows everything.
I am close to death.
..for you or me?
I shall bring you great joy tonight, my Shuah.
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Listen, all of you.
to the good word of the Hebrews
that today we see reaffirmed by this final payment...
..from their great and illustrious leader, Lot.
THEY RAISE A TOAST
First against the Helamites,
first in justice,
I hereby appoint him
adviser to myself...
..First Minister of Sodom.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
My eternal gratitude to your majesty.
To peace and goodwill.
Long may it reign between our two peoples
even as Her Majesty reigns over us.
Are the guards...?
The guards - how many on duty now?
Only two. The slaves are ready.
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Step back. Go on back.
Get back, all of you.
Move back. The gates open in!
This way! This way!
Were I to perform some great service for you...
would I be restored to my rightful eminence?
He is best rewarded who first serves and then asks.
There was a time, Lot,
when your wife could dance as they do now.
Slaves. Escaping slaves!
Over here. This way.
Inside, quick. Inside.
Into your houses. Quick!
Please, let me in.
In here. Quickly! Try here.
Let us in!
Let us in!
Give us sanctuary!
Let us in!
An attempt has just been made by certain ex-slaves
to help their friends escape.
However, thanks to the loyalty
of our new Hebrew citizens,
they and their benefactors have been captured.
Bring them forward.
Bring oil. Have the fire relit.
No! As leader of the Hebrew people,
I invoke the laws of sanctuary.
But your people refused them sanctuary.
They slammed the doors in their faces.
Left us to be killed.
This man at least. He is a Hebrew.
If he has broken the law,
I reserve the right to decide his punishment.
To prison, to await judge Lot's pleasure.
No! No! I want to stay with them.
I want to stay with them!
Let me go!
As for the rest,
their punishment will provide us entertainment.
Neither I nor my people
will witness such a spectacle.
Perhaps you'd better ask your people, Lot.
I hear no protest.
They seem to feel the punishment is deserved.
Take them out.
Stop them, Hebrews!
There are more of you than them.
Stop them! Stop them! Save the slaves.
By all means, Lot, save them.
Save us! Save us!
Now! Now! Save us now!
Don't let us die!
Lot! Help us, Lot!
Hebrews, help us!
Your people grow more human, Lot,
but how can you expect them to defend slaves
when you yourself could not defend
the virtue of your own family?
who was one of us and will be again -
she knew, but concealed it from you.
Don't listen to him.
He's jealous of your favor with the Queen.
He just wants to trap you.
She shields your daughter Shuah.
you once vowed to kill the man who took her innocence.
And I would.
Then kill me.
See the guilt on her face!
And the other, Maleb...
whom you find so virtuous.
Avenge her, too.
An equal struggle is more...
No, Lot, don't!
They're only trying to provoke you.
Spare me, Lot. Spare me!
In the name of your god, spare me!
No, father, no!
It was no one's fault but mine.
Let him live. Let him live!
No! How could you?
How could you?
You could have let him live for my sake,
and you didn't!
Don't - don't look sad.
I once...promised you the pleasure
of my dying in your arms...
No! You won't die. I won't let you.
How delicious to cause death,
to see life leaking out of a body
and to think,
I did this.
You are a true Sodomite, Lot.
Just look at your Hebrews, Lot.
Look at them!
Next only to the pleasure of giving death
is the excitement of watching it.
They were participants in every bloody moment.
You have converted the chosen people, Lot...
I have killed.
What would Hebrew justice have to say to that?
Don't fall into her trap, Lot.
What would be your sentence, judge Lot,
on such a murderer?
Speak up, judge Lot.
We await your words.
I would sentence him to jail...
to be tried for his life.
Don't let them take you away, Lot.
Fight them. Please fight them!
Look, your people... your people will help you.
I promise you they will.
Justice is just a word.
If you love me, fight them!
Don't you understand, Lot?
You had the right to kill him.
You had the right.
Oh, if you love me...
I beg of you.
You don't understand.
You just don't understand.
What's happened? Why are you here?
What have they done to you, Lot?
Oil him well.
More coals on the fire.
Eat and drink.
Lord god Jehovah...
How could I have so deceived myself?
How could I have done such harm
when I thought only to do good?
I exposed my people
to temptation no man could withstand,
and this I did with your name on my lips,
but only pride in my heart.
And now it's... it's too late.
But the Queen spoke truth.
If we are now as evil as she says we are,
then we must destroy each other,
because we're not worth saving.
Let us be wiped from the face of the earth.
My lord god...
is there nothing of you left in us?
If there is that within us
that still struggles for life
in the face of death and damnation...
let it be heard.
Speak to me, Jehovah,
that I may know we are worthy of survival,
that we have a right to live.
We bring a message for you, Lot.
The lord's wrath is upon these places
because they have corrupted even his chosen people.
Because, in their sinfulness,
Sodom and Gomorrah
would allow all god's creatures to die.
You must go, Lot. You must lead your people to safety.
By sundown tonight,
the lord's vengeance will destroy Sodom and Gomorrah
and all who live here.
I give thanks to Jehovah
that he finds us worthy of salvation,
to be his instrument on earth.
But will he destroy all the Sodomites,
all -guilty and innocent?
The innocent had their chance
to speak out against the guilty
and did not.
Jehovah is just.
If there are 50 righteous men here,
would he not spare the place?
Search then for the 50...
if there are 50 righteous among the Sodomites.
40! Jehovah in his mercy
would not destroy so many good men with the bad.
Not even 30...
nor 20 nor even 10.
If I could find 10 just men
among the Sodomites before sundown tonight,
would he not spare the rest?
Jehovah will spare the rest for 10 just men,
but if there are not 10,
he in his vengeance will level these cities
and all in them.
And remember, Lot, if among those who leave, any look back,
Jehovah will know they do so
in regret for the ways of Sodom,
and he will smite them.
Let no one look back. No one.
I thank thee, Jehovah, for thy mercy.
Lot, where are you?
Lot, we must talk to you, Lot.
Lot, where are you?
We will not let you abdicate, Lot.
You're still our leader, Lot.
A miracle. I was freed.
My chains dropped off.
I was freed.
He has seen the miracle.
Look at his face.
and then in my pride
I thought to punish myself.
But now I know there is another
who will punish me in his own time.
we must leave these cities.
Are we not to stay?
To win the Sodomites over?
Halt in the name of the Queen.
Let us pass.
Don't be a fool.
I have my orders.
Lot, he'll kill you.
In the name of Jehovah.
Aah! Aah! Aah!
The lightning struck them blind.
It's another miracle.
We must tell our people.
We must tell them what we've seen.
Stop the wheel.
Stop the wheel.
The entertainment has ended.
Or has it just begun?
These cities are accursed!
We must all leave
before the sun goes down!
take this man.
Help him up.
Let him talk.
He amuses us.
Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha!
These cities will be smitten from the earth...
reduced to dust!
listen to me.
I have been proud.
I led you here
to be corrupted by an evil people.
But the lord, in his mercy, offers us salvation.
Leave this monstrous place!
A miracle. Of course.
You must believe.
Look at the sun.
It is already low.
Each moment it sinks lower.
We have only till it sets!
Why not burn him?
He is mad, crazed.
He can do us no harm.
And you citizens of Sodom, of Gomorrah,
if there are 10 among you who will come with us -
but 10, hear you -
then the lord will spare you and your cities.
Ha ha ha!
10 who still believe in life...
and not death.
Ha ha ha!
Forego your perverse pleasures!
You have killed the Helamites, Lot,
rid me of my brother.
Now you wish to leave,
leave Sodom even richer in salt than when you came?
By all means...
If 10 of my people wish to go,
they may do so.
Think of all your people.
Lead them with us.
What you call sin, to me is virtue.
And all-powerful death, whom you hate,
I turn my back on you, Lot...
and your impotent god.
Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!
Such simple wonders you teach your people to fear.
It is not from fear that they leave Sodom,
but from faith,
faith in him whose passing shadow may be a cloud,
whose voice is the thunder.
Look long on that sun.
You'll never see it again.
Hebrews, have faith.
Listen to the elders.
A hot wind from the desert.
We'll have a storm.
It will be beautiful.
Lot, is it true Sodom will be destroyed?
As I was told,
as I told you.
That's a sight I've lived long to see.
Follow your elders.
Our people are waiting.
You must join them quickly.
Shuah, I know I have a lot to answer for.
I'll try to do so.
Only now please obey me.
Go with your sister.
because I pray Jehovah
to hear you cry out...
as I cried,
to see you struck to earth,
to see you crawl.
Until I see that happen,
I won't leave you ever...
I did not free myself. Jehovah freed me.
Only he can conquer Sodom and Gomorrah. Come.
Only to make you see,
make everyone see
that it is Lot who is strong,
Lot who has courage.
As I was told,
so now I tell you.
Once we leave these cities,
if any of us look back,
only so much as look back,
then Jehovah will know that we do so
in regret for Sodom's ways,
and he will smite us.
Let no one look back.
Pass the word among you!
Lot, free us!
Free us, Lot!
Pass the word.
Pass the word.
We're not to look back.
Close the gates!
Stay back! Stay back!
You're all free men now.
Come. Join the others.
Opened wide by an unseen force.
Jehovah hasn't forsaken us.
It's another miracle. It's the hand of Jehovah.
Jehovah has opened the gates.
A miracle? No.
It was the wind.
The wind had pulled them open.
Don't look back! Don't look back!
Ildith, what is it?
I don't believe you.
You must. I can't.
You must. I just can't.
It's just a summer storm.
I want to go.
Nothing to worry about.
It's an earthquake.
We've had them already.
Stay with your Queen!
I command you to stay!
I command you to stay!
How can you go?
How can you hide?
Don't look back! Remember Lot's words!
It is Lot's name that should be on their lips.
He is responsible for everything good that has happened.
There is no such thing as Jehovah.
Don't look back! No!
Biblical epic. Settling his Hebrew people by the corrupt city of Sodom, Lot unwittingly upsets the schemes of the Queen's traitorous brother, leading to conflict on the battlefield and in the palace.