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The Nativity (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  17 December 1978 (USA)
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The story of the courtship of Joseph and Mary, and of the events leading up to the first Christmas.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary (as Madeline Stowe)
Audrey Totter ...
Julie Garfield ...
Jamil Zakkai ...
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Barrie Houghton ...


The story of the courtship of Joseph and Mary, and of the events leading up to the first Christmas.

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17 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eines Tages in Galiläa  »

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1.33 : 1
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Simple, powerful account of Mary & Joseph, Jesus' birth
5 October 2004 | by (New York, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is an example of how a TV-movie can be better than a theatrical film. This TV-movie rises above low budget and primitive production values with the radiant performance of Madeleine Stowe as the Virgin Mary. This was her first movie, and Hollywood really missed the boat not recognizing her great abilities here. It took them another 14 years to recognize her as a star. In my opinion she is the best actress of her generation. The production maintains a simple, straightforward attitude about the story of Christ's birth. It tells the story with a down-to-earth feel, and Mary and Joseph were better understood as people, by me, after seeing this. The film achieves real profundity and power to move, rare these days. It is a real gem. I hope this comes out on DVD someday. Are you listening, Hollywood?

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