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The Nativity Story (2006)

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A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary
... Joseph
... Anna
... Joaquim
... Herod
... Elizabeth
... Zechariah
... The Angel Gabriel
... Melchior
... Balthasar
Stefan Kalipha ... Gaspar
... Antipas
Farida Ouchani ... Ruth
Saïd Amadis ... Tero
Maria Giovanna Donzelli ... Mary's Friend
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Storyline

In Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God's son, the savior of the world. Mary's pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joseph and Mary set out on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Written by L. Hamre

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A message foretold in the heavens...A prophecy that would threaten an empire...A miracle that would change the world...This Christmas...Experience the most timeless of stories See more »

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Drama | Family | History

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Rated PG for some violent content | See all certifications »

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1 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nativity  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,849,304, 3 December 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,629,831, 18 January 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,432,264, 17 August 2008
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Keisha Castle-Hughes appeared the previous year in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), while Oscar Isaac later appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Isaac's first scene was opposite Max von Sydow, who played Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). See more »

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In the beginning when the King's son is saying the prophecy will end tonight the son is on the right. A year later in the movie when that scene was being played again he was on the King's left. See more »

Quotes

Anna: An angel told you this? That you will bear the son of God? Mary...
Mary: Elizabeth had a baby, even in her old age.
Joaquim: Elizabeth has a husband!
Anna: Women have been put to death for this. They could stone you in the streets.
Mary: Father, I have broken no vow.
Joaquim: You have broken every vow, Mary! Was it one of those soldiers? Was it?
Mary: I have told the truth. Whether you believe it is your choice, not mine.
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Connections

Featured in Smagsdommerne: Episode #4.18 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

In Rosa Vernat Lilium
(The Rose and the Lily)
Music by Mychael Danna
Lyrics by Elizabeth Danna
Performed by Azam Ali
Azam Ali appears courtesy of Six Degrees Records
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Perhaps the most authentic and accurate version you'll ever see
17 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

If you believe that Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and everyone else in the actual events were white, Anglo-Saxon Europeans living in Central Park in New York or in California, you will be disappointed with this movie. If you want to see how people really appeared, lived and responded to the actual culture in Israel at the time of the birth of Christ, this is a work of art.

"The Nativity" is an excellent depiction of the actual events as we know them from the Bible. While it has very minor "flaws", these are buried under the number of things that make this film accurate and authentic.

Mary does not wear her piety on her sleeve and get hysterical and dramatic at every turn in the story. Instead she is accurately portrayed and played as a simple peasant girl in a very traditional culture with strict rules of behavior. She responds hesitantly but with faith to the events that focus on her.

Joseph is equally realistic as a young peasant just beginning life, and any man who has ever faced marriage for the first time will appreciate the dilemmas facing Joseph and his reactions to them.

Herod is an historically-accurate and ruthless jerk, but the movie does not overdo his part. The balance is just right; he's on camera enough to convey his wickedness and his part in the plot, but not enough to distract from the message.

The wise men are great! Instead of being simple plastic figures in a nativity scene on your mantle, they really come to life, add a lot of context to the movie, and provide a lot of information about how and why things happened as they did. The timing of the wise men's arrival may be off - but no one is 100% certain when they did arrive so this is not a big deal.

When the shepherds are visited by an angel to announce the birth of Christ, the angel is not followed visibly by "a heavenly host praising God" - but you can hear them.

I could go on and on and on, but the point is that this is an excellent depiction of events that occurred in Israel 2,000 years ago. If you want to learn about and marvel at what life was really like at that time, see the movie. It will bolster your faith. If you want to see Adam Sandler playing a Jewish Santa Claus to celebrate Christimas, this is probably not the movie for you.


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