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The Nativity (1978)

The story of the courtship of Joseph and Mary, and of the events leading up to the first Christmas.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Stowe ... Mary (as Madeline Stowe)
John Shea ... Joseph
Jane Wyatt ... Anna
Paul Stewart ... Zacharias
Audrey Totter ... Elizabeth
George Voskovec ... Joachim
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Zipporah
Jamil Zakkai Jamil Zakkai ... Menachem
Freddie Jones ... Diomedes
John Rhys-Davies ... Nestor
William Morgan Sheppard ... Flavius
Kate O'Mara ... Salome
Leo McKern ... Herod
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Eleazar
Barrie Houghton Barrie Houghton ... Preacher


The story of the courtship of Joseph and Mary, and of the events leading up to the first Christmas.

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Release Date:

17 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eines Tages in Galiläa See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of The Nativity Story (2006) See more »

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Simple, powerful account of Mary & Joseph, Jesus' birth
5 October 2004 | by tsalagiceltSee all my reviews

This movie is an example of how a TV-movie can be better than a theatrical film. This TV-movie rises above low budget and primitive production values with the radiant performance of Madeleine Stowe as the Virgin Mary. This was her first movie, and Hollywood really missed the boat not recognizing her great abilities here. It took them another 14 years to recognize her as a star. In my opinion she is the best actress of her generation. The production maintains a simple, straightforward attitude about the story of Christ's birth. It tells the story with a down-to-earth feel, and Mary and Joseph were better understood as people, by me, after seeing this. The film achieves real profundity and power to move, rare these days. It is a real gem. I hope this comes out on DVD someday. Are you listening, Hollywood?

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