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The Nativity Story (2006)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family  |  1 December 2006 (USA)
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A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.


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In Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God's son, the savior of the world. Mary's pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joesph and Mary set out on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Written by L. Hamre

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One family . One journey. One child...who would change the world forever. See more »


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nativity  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,367 (New Zealand) (1 December 2006)


$37,617,947 (USA) (12 January 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mike Rich began writing the screenplay of the movie on 1 December 2005, exactly a year before its release. See more »


Many times the Romans soldiers were shown with beards or shabby facial hair, the Romans at this time considered body hair to be barbaric, and therefore it was forbidden. See more »


Mary: How do we raise such a child?
Joseph: I wonder if I will even be able to teach Him anything.
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In Rosa Vernat Lilium
(The Rose and the Lily)
Music by Mychael Danna
Lyrics by Elizabeth Danna
Performed by Azam Ali
Azam Ali appears courtesy of Six Degrees Records
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Why I GIve It A Ten
24 December 2006 | by (Conyers, GA) – See all my reviews

As I write this I am aware that the vote is averaging 6.3. If you could see my voting record you would know that I do not give a high vote easily. So why do I see this so differently than many of you. Is it because I am a devout Christian? I did not give the PAssion of the Christ a very high rating. So i feel that I can be even handed in seeing this as what it is.

1. I think that Ciaran Hinds played Herod as well as I have ever seen. The paranoia, and menace came through so well.

2. I think Elliot Davis' cinematography was beautiful. It made me feel that I was in a renaissance painting.

3. I was moved emotionally - which is not true of the Passion of the Christ movie.

4. The parts of the movie that were based on the Biblw were accurate - although I wished they had shown a choir of the heavenly host.

5. The parts of the movie that were based on conjecture or Catholic traditions were well thought out. I enjoyed the use of the Wise Men as comic relief.

I believe this movie so far is highly underrated.

Adny Smith

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