The Message

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Overview

This handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed -- who, in accordance with the tenants of Islam, is never seen or heard any physical depiction of the prophet is considered a heinous sin within the faith. In Mecca in the 7th century, Mohammed is visited by a vision of the Angel Gabriel, who urges him to lead the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of Kaaba and instead worship the one true God. Speaking out against the corrupt political ...
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Overview

This handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed -- who, in accordance with the tenants of Islam, is never seen or heard any physical depiction of the prophet is considered a heinous sin within the faith. In Mecca in the 7th century, Mohammed is visited by a vision of the Angel Gabriel, who urges him to lead the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of Kaaba and instead worship the one true God. Speaking out against the corrupt political and military leaders who rule Mecca, Mohammed and his followers struggle to worship God as they see fit, which eventually leads them into exile in Medina. However, one day God gives Mohammed a message to return to Mecca and take up arms against their oppressors -- while recruiting as many followers as they can along the way. With the help of his uncle, a brave warrior named Hamza Anthony Quinn, Mohammed and his followers return to Mecca to liberate the city in the name of God. The Message originally screened in the U.S. as Mohammed, Messenger of God proved to be highly controversial during its production and initial release. Unfounded rumors had it that Mohammed would not only be depicted in the film, but that he was to be played by Charlton Heston or Peter O'Toole. This resulted in angry protests by Muslim extremists, until director Moustapha Akkad hired a staff of respected Islamic clerics as technical advisors. The advisors butted heads with Akkad, and they quit the production, which led the Moroccan government to withdraw their permission to film in their country. In time, Akkad ended up shooting on location in Libya under the sponsorship of Muammar Qaddafi, which presented a whole new set of political and practical problems for the filmmakers. Finally, when the film was scheduled to premier in the U.S., another Muslim extremist group staged a siege against the Washington D.C. chapter of the B'nai B'rith under the mistaken belief that Anthony Quinn played Mohammed in the film, threatening to blow up the building and its inhabitants unless the film's opening was cancelled. The standoff was resolved without explosion or injuries, though the film's American box office prospects never recovered from the unfortunate controversy. The Message was shot in two versions, one in English and one in Arabic entitled Al-Ris-Alah, with different actors taking over some of the roles due to language requirements.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Message - English language; English widescreen presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; The Making of an Epic: Mohammed - Messenger of God; Audio commentary with producer/director Moustapha Akkad; Arrisalah - Arabic language; Arabic widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Arabic audio commentary with producer/director Moustapha Akkad
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • UPC: 013131329094
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Arabic
  • Time: 2:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,679

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Hamza
Irene Papas Hind
Michael Ansara Abu-Sofyan
Johnny Sekka Bilal
Michael Forest Khalid
Garick Hagon Ammar
Damien Thomas Zaid
Ronald Chenery Mosaab
Michael Godfrey Barra
Peter Madden Toothless man
Habib Ageli Hudayfa
Neville Jason Jaafar
Martin Benson Abu-Jahal
Robert Brown Otba
Wolfe Morris Bu-Lahab
Bruno Barnabe Umaya
John Humphrey Ubada
John Bennett Salool
Donald Burton Amr
Andre Morell Abu-Talib
Rosalie Crutchley Somaya
Ewen Solon Yasser
Nicholas Amer Suheil
Gerard Hely Sinan
Ronald Leigh-Hunt Heraclius
Leonard Trolley Silk Merchant
Ahmed Abdelhalim Uriqat
Earl Cameron Annajashi
Elaine Ives-Cameron Arwa
Richard Johnson Voice Only
Technical Credits
Moustapha Akkad Director, Producer
Gus Agosti Asst. Director
John Bloom Editor
Alan Boyle Makeup
H.A.L. Craig Screenwriter
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Maurice Fowler Production Designer
Carlos Gil Asst. Director
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Tambi Larsen Production Designer
Terry Parr Art Director
Neville Smallwood Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Message: English Version
1. Messenger of God (Main Titles) [5:28]
2. Gods of Mecca [6:07]
3. Gabriel's Command [11:12]
4. There Is Only One God [9:41]
5. The Declaration [6:20]
6. Fleeing From Torment [11:11]
7. Seeking Sanctuary [9:50]
8. Exodus [10:08]
9. The First Mosque [14:12]
10. To Arm Against Persecution [9:33]
11. Plans of Attack [6:19]
12. Battle at the Wells [15:47]
13. Summoning Courage [5:34]
14. Vengeance [13:05]
15. Pilgrimage to Mecca [9:49]
16. The Call to Prayer [5:25]
17. Broken Truce [10:28]
18. Homecoming [5:00]
19. Mohammad's Final Message [8:31]
20. End Credits [4:07]
Disc #2 -- The Message: Arabic Version
1. Messenger of God (Main Titles) [5:46]
2. Gods of Mecca [6:54]
3. Gabriel's Command [8:40]
4. There Is Only One God [14:09]
5. The Declaration [8:33]
6. Fleeing From Torment [12:22]
7. Seeking Sanctuary [10:06]
8. Exodus [17:01]
9. The First Mosque [14:21]
10. To Arm Against Persecution [10:05]
11. Plans of Attack [5:37]
12. Battle at the Wells [16:53]
13. Summoning Courage [6:31]
14. Vengeance [13:27]
15. Pilgrimage to Mecca [9:54]
16. The Call to Prayer [6:01]
17. Broken Truce [9:53]
18. Homecoming [5:45]
19. Mohammad's Final Message [12:37]
20. End Credits [3:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Message: English Version
   Chapters
   Extras
      The Making of an Epic: Mohammed - Messenger of God
      Commentary
         Commentary With Producer/Director Moustapha Akkad: On
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Disc #2 -- The Message: Arabic Version
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary With Producer/Director Moustapha Akkad: On
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Film

    An inspiration. We have so much in our lives today, but lack faith when others before us had so little, were willing to give so much (everything really) and had mountains of unshakable faith.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Must See !

    The Message tells the story of the birth of Islam, from the Prophet Muhammad's first revelation from God to his death. The film follows the Prophet's story (though never showing the Prophet himself, as Islamic tradition ordains) as he starts with a handful of believers, and over the coarse of 23 years, establishes a mighty force that shook the world. The story is most excellent. The script was well written and approved for its accuracy in telling the story of the Prophet. The actors are wonderful in portraying the people who were in involved the Prophet's life. Anthony Quinn is simply magnificent as Hamza, the Prophet's uncle. The cinematography of the film is breathtaking. The Oscar-nominated music for the film by Maurice Jarre is phenomenal. The director, Moustapha Akkad, could not have done a better job. This film is without a doubt a perfect 10. I highly recommend this movie for anyone who wants to learn about the history of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, or just wants to watch a great epic movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This is by far the greatest movie I have ever seen about the history of Islam and how it all started. A must see for everyone, including nonmuslims to see that Islam is a peaceful religion not a religion of violence or hatred.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful work of History

    This movie was a great story telling of the history of Islam and the life of Prophet Muhammad (may allahs peache and blessings be upon him). Although, many details of the prophet's life could not be shown, due to limitation of portraying his character, if one could understand the message behind Islam and it's prophet, I am sure we would all realize that Islam is a peaceful religion and the true religion of God, distorted by people overtime, just like any other religion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it is brilliant and very touching!!

    Whoever said based on their shallowminded about this film portray Islam is based on hatred, violence and so on. Obviously, they never know any single thing about religion at all. This film is so brilliant and the character of Muhammad here was so real. A truly enchanting performance by Anthony Quinn. A truly guidance for those who misled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If Only Everybody Knew

    It is a very important and interesting film. If you carefully watch it describes Islam in details. It is nice not to show Mohammed, because it must be so in Islam. Thanks to Mr. Akkad. If only everybody knew Islam which means no one or nothing must be worshipped except from God! If only people knew that God never needs help when creating everything! If only people knew that life never ends but starts after death ! If only people knew none of the benevolances or cruelties will be fogotten but punished or rewarded by God absolutely ! All narrated and illustrated in this film, so please watch again with a free sense, please! Peace be upon all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not realistic

    This is a polished up story about Mohammad and historically is not true

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Epic Like None Other

    One of the greatest movies ever made by Hollywood. It illustrates the authentic picture of the origin and early days of Islam. It is incredibly touching as it shows the reality of the hardships faced by the early followers of Islam and Prophet Mohammed (SAW), and how the Message was spread across the globe. A Magnificent performance by Anthony Quinn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You should watch this movie

    Mohammad was not shown in the movie because of Islamic faith. It is forbidden in Islam to show his picture. This is because Mohammad realized that if he allows muslims to draw his picture, someday people will worship him instead of God making a statue and worship him as a God, like what is happening now among Christians about Jesus. That is why, Mohammad forbade his people to show his picture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To all Those who Know nothing about Islam

    This movie will show you how Islam started, the similairities with Chritianity and it's tolerance of other faiths. Islam is not about suicide bombings or terrorism..It is a religion of peace...so get your heads out of yer self righteous behinds and educate those last few remaining brain cells before every cell in your head becomes consumed by the Weapons of Mass Destruction contained in your Can of Budweiser A@P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT

    Technically weak script, direecting, acting, photography, sound, editing --- BUT --- an accurate and shocking portrait of islam as a religion based in hatred, violence, murder, and intolerance --- both in word and action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    But need more details

    It was a great deal to present Islam in form of a movie to the rest of the world. But I think that they should have also shown the Character of Muhammad because otherwise the movie seems to be incomplete. After all Muhammad was just like an ordinary man so there was no use hiding the character. It is a poor way of thinking of people by not showing the character. Otherwise the movie was perfect. Well if they didnt showed the Character of Muhammad because he was the Prophet of God then Moses was also a Prophet of God and they showed his character in the TEN COMANDMENTS and also in the movie called THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. They were also the Prophets of God. And are as much respectful as much Muhammad is to the muslims.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Herry Irawan-Indonesia

    A Legendary, Monumentally & Everlasting Islamic Movie. A movie that moslems should watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Islamic Movie

    This is excellent movie and well presentation of starting of Islam and how much hardship Prophet and his companions faced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Performance !!!!!

    This is one of Anthony Quinn best performance. This movie describes the early days of Islam and shows the struggling of early muslims. Strongly recommended for all who want to know about the early days of the Islamic faith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The only epic made on the rise of Islam!

    A classic! I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Legendary,well written and played

    The movie summerises the whole life based on facts in history with some details that we had to watch several times to understand. Thats what so great. i loved it and will see it again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2010

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