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The Message (1976)

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


Moustapha Akkad
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




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


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 »


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Did You Know?


In accordance with Muslim beliefs, Mohammed could not be depicted on screen nor could his voice be heard. This rule extended to his wives, his daughters and his sons-in-law. This left Mohammed's uncle as the central character (played by Anthony Quinn). In the completed film, actors speak directly to the camera and then nod to unheard dialogue. See more »


Hamza: Besides their numbers, I'd say its a fair fight we see them and they see us what faces me has never frightened 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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A masterpiece of religious cinema
10 December 2000 | by bahai62See all my reviews

Anthony Quinn is no doubt one of the greatest actors of the 20th century...The strange thing is that he fits to the muslim roles with such a perfection that, with his contribution "The Message" and "The Lion of the Dessert" both have been masterpieces which are still watched by many people. Though the theme of this movie is the birth of Islam, I think it should have a variety of audience from many religions and cultures. I think the things that are emphasized, the struggle for the cause you believe, the sacrifices you have made for the beloved, are all universal values that have been emphasized with a rather outstanding casting and directing...I think everyone should watch this movie no matter what his/her religion, thought, culture is... Thanks Moustapha Akkad, Thanks Anthony Quinn, Thanks Irene Papas....You have made an excellent movie.....

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

8 July 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mohammad: Messenger of God See more »

Filming Locations:

Libya See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Germany)| Mono


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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