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The Fourth Wise Man (1985)

TV-PG | | Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 30 March 1985
The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.

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Our two heroes work together to discover the essence of what it truly means to be a great Magi.

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Artaban is a young Magus (Wise Man) who desires to follow the star to the birthplace of the coming King, against the counsel of his friends and family. Carrying three precious jewels to give to the baby Messiah, Artaban and his reluctant servant Orontes set off to join the caravan of the three other wise men. They miss the caravan, but Artaban continues the search for his King, always one step behind. Artaban spends much of his remaining wealth and all of his energy helping the poor and unfortunate people he meets, until at the end of his life he finally finds Jesus--at His trial! Has Artaban wasted his life in a foolish quest? Will he ever get the chance to present his gifts to the King? Written by yortsnave

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The sets for the towns of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Alexandria were built at Paramount Ranch, in such a way that walking through an archway in Bethlehem would get you to Jerusalem. Walking around a corner, you'd be in Alexandria. It was like a biblical wormhole. See more »

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Version of General Electric Theater: The Other Wise Man (1960) See more »

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spiritual and thought provoking
19 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

While certain elements of the storyline are not compatible with the Biblical time-line (harvesttime just before Passover in the spring, Peter's denials in the courtyard of the High Priest, etc.) the overall story is one of true spiritual devotion and compassion, as Arteban tirelessly ministers to those less fortunate. Arkin's character of Orontes as the whining, pessimistic servant provides the best contrast to Sheen's patience and benevolence. I have always admired Sheen, and he plays his role magnificently. The ending scene sweeps in and delivers a punch that still makes me tingle every time I watch it, at least once a year! Don't pass up a chance to view this if you can!


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