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The Young Messiah (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 11 March 2016 (USA)
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Tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesus
... Mary
... Joseph
... James (as Finn McLeod Ireland)
... Cleopas
... Miriam
Lois Ellington ... Salome
... Old Sarah
Duné Medros ... Riba (as Dune Medros)
... The Demon
... Severus
... Weer
... Herod
... Old Rabbi (Nazareth)
... The Blind Rabbi


At the age of 7, Jesus Bar-Joseph lives with his family in Alexandria, Egypt, where they have fled to avoid a massacre of children by King Herod of Israel. Jesus knows that his parents Joseph and Mary have secrets they are keeping from him, secrets about his birth and about traits that make him very different from other boys. His parents, however, believe him too young to grasp the truth of his miraculous birth and purpose. Learning that the murderous Herod is dead, they set out to return to their home of Nazareth in Israel, unaware that Herod's namesake son is, like his father, determined to see the boy Jesus dead. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Discover the savior when he was a child. See more »


Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for some violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt  »


Box Office


$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,294,876, 13 March 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,462,576, 17 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,313,697, 31 December 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actor portraying Jesus is named Adam. Incidentally, theologians give Jesus the title 'New' or 'Second Adam', saving man unlike Adam, the First Man, who brought sin into the world. See more »


[first lines]
Salome: For a camel, you make a triangle like this.
[drawing in the dirt]
Salome: That's the hump. It's so easy. See? Then some lines for legs here. Teacher taught me how to do this. He showed me elephants and cats, too. But I told him you like camels. That's the neck.
[looking up]
Salome: You're not watching. Then on top, I put another triangle for a head. They have big round eyes and a skinny tail here.
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Barcheinu Avinu
Written by Shlomo Carlebach (as Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach), BMI
Used with the permission of the Estate of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
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A Real Winner
14 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Absent any strong evidence, no one can say when our young Messiah was informed (or by whom) that He was the Son of God. Approach this film with that knowledge and you will love it.

I think the film was extremely well-done and Sean Bean as the relentless Centurion charged with killing the young Messiah was outstanding. Period. The script was very believable and Jesus was neither over-played nor under-played. As a Christian, I found myself in tears through much of the movie... sometimes happy ones and some that were evoked in thoughts of how young Jesus and His family had to have suffered.

My wife and I both feel that faith-based films are being more widely received by the general public and as a result, story lines are improved, directing is much better, and the quality of actors is very much better. Hollywood seems to finally be getting the message.

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