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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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The story of Islam See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Trivia

This film was made in both English and Arabic with two different casts. Scenes were shot back to back in both languages. See more »

Quotes

Bilal: There is no compulsion in religion. A man may take many years, or only need minutes. It is God who decides the time.
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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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Referenced in The Filth and the Fury (2000) See more »

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Generally forgotten in the USA -- with sad aspect.
28 October 2003 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

I don't think this movie has been shown in the United States for about twenty years, it was shown in theaters, then on the limited cable systems of the time, and then poof, haven't heard much about it. I'd be curious if it is continued to be played in other parts of the world. As I recall, it was difficult to follow, though Quinn is almost always entertaining to watch. It seemed a minor epic, though taking on a tough topic.

The sad part about this movie is that some Islamic extremists engaged in some terror attacks in protest of the film -- protesting that one should never show the likeness of Mohammed, Islam's tenets deeming it blasphemous. They never bothered to find out that the film didn't show him at all.


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