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The Fourth Wise Man (1985)

TV-PG | | Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 30 March 1985
The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.

Director:

Michael Ray Rhodes

Writers:

Tom Fontana (teleplay), Henry van Dyke (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Artaban
Alan Arkin ... Orontes
Eileen Brennan ... Judith
Ralph Bellamy ... Abgarus
Richard Libertini ... Tigranes
Lance Kerwin ... Passhur
Harold Gould ... Rabbi
Greg Mullavey ... Rhodespes
Laurie Prange ... Anne
Jerry Houser ... Peter
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Maacah
Adam Arkin ... Joseph
James Farentino ... Jesus (voice)
Sydney Penny ... Shameir
Ramon Estevez ... Ekron
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Storyline

Artaban is a young Magus (Wise Man) who desires to follow the star to the birthplace of the coming King, against the counsel of his friends and family. Carrying three precious jewels to give to the baby Messiah, Artaban and his reluctant servant Orontes set off to join the caravan of the three other wise men. They miss the caravan, but Artaban continues the search for his King, always one step behind. Artaban spends much of his remaining wealth and all of his energy helping the poor and unfortunate people he meets, until at the end of his life he finally finds Jesus--at His trial! Has Artaban wasted his life in a foolish quest? Will he ever get the chance to present his gifts to the King? Written by yortsnave

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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TV-PG
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Trivia

The sets for the towns of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Alexandria were built at Paramount Ranch, in such a way that walking through an archway in Bethlehem would get you to Jerusalem. Walking around a corner, you'd be in Alexandria. It was like a biblical wormhole. See more »

Alternate Versions

As currently televised, (c.2001) the film runs one hour instead of 72 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Kraft Theatre: The Other Wise Man (1957) See more »

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A wonderful fictional story about what is important in life
19 May 2003 | by videocriticSee all my reviews

Based on Henry van Dyke's clasic, "The Story of the Other Wise Man," a fictional story set in Biblical times, told in gently comic terms. It concerns a Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen" who studies the prophecies and witnesses a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful servant, Orantes (Alan Arkin), to the Messiah. Artaban takes with him three precious gifts to present to the Messiah. For 33 years, Artaban and Orantes pursue Jesus, only to miss him at every turn. Along the way Artaban chooses to use his gifts to help people in need. The story culminates on Easter Sunday as Artaban finally encounters the new King and finds peace in his life.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fourth Wise Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Death Valley, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paulist Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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