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21 December 1986 (USA) See more »
In 1263, King James I of Aragon organizes a debate between representatives of Judaism and Christianity regarding whether or not Jesus was the Messiah. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Alan Dobie ... Moses ben Nachman
Bernard Hepton ... Raymund de Penjaforte

Christopher Lee ... King James of Aragon

Helen Lindsay ... Queen Yolande

Bob Peck ... Pablo Christiani

Toyah Willcox ... Consuelo

Directed by
Geoffrey Sax 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hyam Maccoby 

Produced by
Jenny Reeks .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
Cinematography by
Peter Middleton 
Film Editing by
Mike Kleinsteuber 
Production Design by
Kathy Pearce 
Costume Design by
Susannah Buxton 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Springford .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mike McDuffie .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominic Denny .... focus puller
Tim Wooster .... clapper loader

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63 min (approx.)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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According to Christopher Lee, not only was this film never properly announced by the press, it was also wrongly trailed by a repeat sign when first aired on Channel 4. This could explain why it was virtually ignored by critics throughout.See more »
Rabbi Moses:When the lion invites the mouse to a disputation, your majesty, the mouse, however fond he may be of arguing, would do well to avoid the disputation if he can; for the poor mouse does not know which to fear most: losing the argument or winning it.See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Showing how the deck is stacked, 5 April 2004
Author: karlpov from Columbia MD

Christopher Lee's performance as the King of Aragon, whose fairness and basic decency overcome his piety, is the standout here. At the request of the Catholic establishment, he sets up a "disputation" (public debate) between the leader of the local Jewish community and a Jewish convert now esteemed as a brilliant clergyman. The Jewish leader sees all too well that even (or especially) if he wins, he'll lose, but the King pushes him with well-meant promises to do the right thing. The King finds to his sorrow that the consequences are not entirely within his control. It's unfortunate that the veteran Lee has rarely had such occasion to demonstrate his very real talent.

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