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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 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

Certificate:

TV-PG
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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 »

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Production Co:

Paulist Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Good Message About 'Giving'
9 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This made-for-TV movie turned out to be much better than I anticipated, thanks to the two main characters, played by top actors, and a very thought-provoking message.

This is a fictional Biblical story, but one that leaves one reflecting about ourselves, regarding where our hearts lie, and the importance of helping our fellow man. Martin Sheen plays the "fourth wise man" or fourth Magi who knew about the upcoming birth of The Messiah, like the three who did make it to see baby Jesus in Bethelem.

Unfortunately, "Artaban," as he was named, got sidetracked en route. He kept running into people in need and he helped each one by giving them the gifts he was intending for Christ. This went on for years, until he finally meets Jesus, at the cross.

He is accompanied by Alan Arkin's pessimistic servant "Orontes," who plays off Sheen's optimistic character with humorous results.

To those who are repelled by any Biblical implications, this movie is simply an old-fashioned story more about giving, helping others out who are in need, than anything else....and if that's offensive to you, God help you!


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