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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hamza
... Hind
... Abu Sofyan
... Bilal
... Khalid
... Ammar
... Zaid
... Abu-Talib
... Abu-Jahal
... Otba
... Somaya
Bruno Barnabe ... Umaya
Neville Jason ... Jaafar
... Salool
... Amr
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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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Release Date:

8 July 1977 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mohammad: Messenger of God  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,000,000, 31 December 1977
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2.35 : 1
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Moustapha Akkad also filmed an Arabic version of the film (in which Muna Wassef played Hind) simultaneously with an Arab cast, for Arabic-speaking audiences. He felt that dubbing the English version into Arabic would not be enough, because the Arabic acting style differs significantly from that of Hollywood. The actors took turns doing the English and Arabic versions in each scene, and both are now sold together on some DVDs. See more »

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Ammar: His eyes are shut but his heart is open
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Generally forgotten in the USA -- with sad aspect.
28 October 2003 | by See 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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