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Once Upon a Time in Bethlehem (2019)

Il primo Natale (original title)
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A thief and a priest end up magically transported in the year 0's Palestine, where they'll have to make sure that the Nativity will follow its course.

Directors:

Ficarra, Picone

Writers:

Ficarra (story), Picone (story) | 6 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Ficarra Ficarra ... Salvo
Picone Picone ... Valentino
Massimo Popolizio ... Erode
Roberta Mattei Roberta Mattei ... Rebecca
Giacomo Mattia Giacomo Mattia ... Isacco
Azelarab El Kaughat Azelarab El Kaughat
Giovanni Calcagno Giovanni Calcagno
Mauro Spitaleri Mauro Spitaleri
Massimo Cagnina Massimo Cagnina
Giovanna Marchetti Giovanna Marchetti ... Sara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adil Abatourab Adil Abatourab ... cugino Giuseppe (as Adil Abatorab)
Yassine Ahajjam Yassine Ahajjam ... San Giuseppe vero (as Ahajjam Yassin)
Grace Ambrose Grace Ambrose ... Giovane sposa
Younes Benzakour Younes Benzakour ... Guardia Erode 1 (as Youness Benzakour)
Gino Bonanno Gino Bonanno ... Ricettatore
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A thief and a priest end up magically transported in the year 0's Palestine, where they'll have to make sure that the Nativity will follow its course.

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Comedy

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Nice team comedy handles it Christmas theme skillfully
14 October 2020 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The twenty year teaming of the star-directors has overtones of Aldo, Giacomo and Giovani with whom they worked.

The new box office hit transfers them to Palestine at year zero, as Christ is about to be born. The production walks a tight rope between getting laughs from sacrilege gags and not offending devotees - rather winningly. A nice twist has the priest loose his faith at the point where the thief is converted.

Good production and strong support cast with striking features


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 December 2019 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in Bethlehem See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,933,159
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2.39 : 1
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