* CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** Xerxes saving Esther from being choked to death by Haman.
** Five words: "Not Esther, my lord. ''Hadassah''."
* MagnificentBastard: Haman. In contrast to his Biblical portrayal where he begs for his life after in the scene where Esther reveals his plan in front of the king, here he ''doesn't lose his cool'' and instead calmly casts doubt on her Jewish heritage, accusing ''her'' of trying to usurp a good position, then {{Hannibal Lecture}}s her as she fears the king may not believe her.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film's publicity made much of the fact that this was the first time that Creator/PeterOToole and Omar Sharif had been in a movie together since their legendary turn in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''-- except that, as several reviewers complained, they shared exactly zero screen time together, playing characters separated by a 400-year TimeSkip. How hard (and how awesome) could it have been to put them back together for real?