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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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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Lebanon | Libya | Kuwait | Morocco | UK | Saudi Arabia

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Germany)| Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At its initial release, this movie was banned from many Middle-Eastern countries because the religious leaders didn't like the idea of having the Prophet Mohammed's story being made into a motion picture. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: You must all think of Muhammad as more than a man. He was collecting firewood one day. Let me do it, I said Why? He said, You're the prophet of god, you can't go round scratching for firewood. But he looked at me mumbling. God does not like the man who considers himself above other men, he said. So, I laid back and watched him. Suddenly he stopped. He stood to his full height and came to me. Yes! I am the Prophet of god, he said, but even I do not know what will become of me
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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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most amazing experience
10 October 2004 | by marialetteSee all my reviews

I saw this film when I was working and living in Brussels in 1979. Most of my friends were North African, ergo Muslim. When this film came out, we all went to the Bourse Cinema. The film itself was very enlightening, and the fact that Mohammed himself was never 'in the picture' (so to speak) I found contributing to the profoundness of the film. What really struck me was that when in the film religious (holy) verses (like psalms) were sung or played, the whole audience would reverently sing along. Very moving.

Of course, it was 25 years ago, and I cannot remember a lot of it, but it was my first encounter with Islam and made a major impact.


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