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The Disputation (1986)

In 1263, King James I of Aragon organizes a debate between representatives of Judaism and Christianity regarding whether or not Jesus was the Messiah.

Director:

Geoffrey Sax

Writer:

Hyam Maccoby
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Moses ben Nachman
Bernard Hepton ... Raymund de Penjaforte
Christopher Lee ... King James of Aragon
Helen Lindsay ... Queen Yolande
Bob Peck ... Pablo Christiani
Toyah Willcox ... Consuelo
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In 1263, King James I of Aragon organizes a debate between representatives of Judaism and Christianity regarding whether or not Jesus was the Messiah.

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First Sir Christopher Lee movie after he had recovered from heart surgery. See more »

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Rabbi Moses: When the lion invites the mouse to a disputation, your majesty, the mouse, however fond he may be of arguing, would do well to avoid the disputation if he can; for the poor mouse does not know which to fear most: losing the argument or winning it.
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Showing how the deck is stacked
5 April 2004 | by karlpovSee all my reviews

Christopher Lee's performance as the King of Aragon, whose fairness and basic decency overcome his piety, is the standout here. At the request of the Catholic establishment, he sets up a "disputation" (public debate) between the leader of the local Jewish community and a Jewish convert now esteemed as a brilliant clergyman. The Jewish leader sees all too well that even (or especially) if he wins, he'll lose, but the King pushes him with well-meant promises to do the right thing. The King finds to his sorrow that the consequences are not entirely within his control. It's unfortunate that the veteran Lee has rarely had such occasion to demonstrate his very real talent.


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