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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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2.35 : 1
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When Herod is making a sacrifice to atone for his misdeeds in the temple, he offers a bull. According to Leviticus, the proper sacrifice for a ruler who sins is a goat. See more »


Mary: You believe me?
Joseph: Yes, the angel came to me in my dream.
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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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nice and simple
2 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hadn't planned on seeing the movie after work today. It was a last minute thing. I had no preconceived notions and had read no reviews. For my family it was a nice and simple rendering of the story that is celebrated by Christians this time of year. It's a story that I am very familiar with, but the portrayal connected a few dots that I hadn't gotten after hearing the story all of these years.

For all of you who have a difficult time getting into the proper Christmas mood, this might help you get separated from the hustle and bustle of shopping madness. It did for me and will be a must see at Christmas time each and every year.

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