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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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Mike Rich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keisha Castle-Hughes ... Mary
Oscar Isaac ... Joseph
Hiam Abbass ... Anna
Shaun Toub ... Joaquim
Ciarán Hinds ... Herod
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Elizabeth
Stanley Townsend ... Zechariah
Alexander Siddig ... The Angel Gabriel
Nadim Sawalha ... Melchior
Eriq Ebouaney ... Balthasar
Stefan Kalipha Stefan Kalipha ... Gaspar
Alessandro Giuggioli ... Antipas
Farida Ouchani Farida Ouchani ... Ruth
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Tero
Maria Giovanna Donzelli 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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Taglines:

One Couple. One Journey. One Child...who would change the world...forever See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nativity See more »

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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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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The old shepherd's mustache is yellowed by nicotine, a sign of habitual smoking. While cannabis and hookah pipes were familiar to the Middle East as early as 2000 BC, tobacco wasn't introduced to the old world until the late 16th century. See more »

Quotes

King Herod: I once had a wife who betrayed me. Two sons did the same... before your time.
[pause]
King Herod: Where are they now?
Antipas: No more.
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Connections

Referenced 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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A must see event for thoughtful families this season
27 December 2006 | by olderbutwiserSee all my reviews

Although the Nativity seems like it happened a long time ago, 2000 years is only one sixth of recorded history, and one fiftieth of the time that homo sapiens has existed. The physical features of Palestine, Isreal, and Egypt are for all intents and purpose identical to what they are now. The people, while shorter and thinner, are indistinguishable from ourselves. Although there is certainly differences of opinion as to all religious elements of Christianity as it relates to Christ, Mary, and Joseph, it is somewhat well established that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph did exist, as did King Herod, the astrological phenomenon of the Star, the census, etc. In that light, "The Nativity Story" is a reverend and authentic attempt to successfully convey the words, actions, and general physical and political environment of that time. It is also an attempt to convey the physical hardships of the time, the economy of thought and word, the limited aspirations of people 2000 years ago, and the simple faith that has a good deal to do with the success of Western culture to this day. The acting is totally appropriate, while many have commented that Keisha Castle Hughes is emotionless, and Joseph simple of thought and action, it reflects the attitude of a world where 50% of children died, and an above average life was to be married at 14 and dead at 40. The supporting actors are totally believable, even the wise men who offer limited comic relief are appropriately reverend and humble. The scenery and cinematography are magnificent. All in all a must see for everyone old enough to understand the story- probably 8 and up.

With the materialistic, sarcastic garbage out there about Christmas light wars, drunken Santas, etc this is an ideal way for a whole family to spend a night at Christmas and reflect afterwords as to what they saw.


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