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The Fourth Wise Man (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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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czwarty król 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 »

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Version of General Electric Theater: The Other Wise Man (1960) See more »

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one of the best movies of all times
19 December 2003 | by laini47See all my reviews

This is absolutely one of my favorite movies. All the acting is superb. The storyline is excellent. While the story itself is fiction, the movies is filled with a lot of facts, and makes for a wonderful Christmas story, which encompasses the basic story of true Christianity.


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