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The Message (1976)

This epic historical drama chronicles the life and times of Muhammad and serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

Director:

Moustapha Akkad
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Hamza
Irene Papas ... Hind
Michael Ansara ... Abu Sofyan
Johnny Sekka ... Bilal
Michael Forest ... Khalid
Garrick Hagon ... Ammar
Damien Thomas ... Zaid
André Morell ... Abu-Talib
Martin Benson ... Abu-Jahal
Robert Brown ... Otba
Rosalie Crutchley ... Somaya
Bruno Barnabe Bruno Barnabe ... Umaya
Neville Jason Neville Jason ... Jaafar
John Bennett ... Salool
Donald Burton ... Amr
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Storyline

In the 7th century, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God. But they're exiled in Medina before returning to Mecca to take up arms against their oppressors and liberate their city in the name of God (Allah). Written by Anonymous

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In four decades only four... "The Robe" "The Ten Commandments" "Ben-Hur" and now... For the first time...the vast, spectacular drama that changed the world! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Lebanon | Libya | Kuwait | Morocco | UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

8 July 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mohammad: Messenger of God See more »

Filming Locations:

Libya See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Germany)| Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film is dubbed into 12 languages. See more »

Quotes

Hamza: The Prophet is seeing you! You are not to rob or try to perish this. And if a rogue does, cut him loose. I said, cut them loose and give them water and share your food, equal mouth-fulls. And if they walk, walk beside them. Any prisoner who can teach 10 Muslims to read will go free.
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Alternate Versions

Director Moustafa Akkad wanted the story to be told in English, so people all around the world could enjoy it. Also, he felt he needed to pay a tribute to the Middle East, where it took place. So two versions were shot on location simultaneously. There were two actors for each role and the one that is well known now is the English Version, starring Anthony Quinn. However, "Al Risalah" (the Arabic movie) is the other well known version in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding countries. See more »

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Masterpiece
5 October 2016 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

Movie about the beginning of Islam.

I am Orthodox Christian, but I must acknowledge this masterpiece.

Allegedly, this film is historically precise, and if it really is, then there's no essential difference between Christianity and Islam. Trouble does not lie in opposition of two religions, it lies in existence of greedy, blood thirsty politicians who incite religious fanaticism and abuse basically peaceful religions to accomplish their political and economical goals.

Anyway, if you're not Muslim, you just have to put your prejudice aside (if you have any) and you'll enjoy this excellent piece of cinematography.


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