The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

Director: Catherine Hardwicke Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

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Australian-born Whale Rider sensation and Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes stars opposite Oscar Isaac in Lords of Dogtown director Catherine Hardwicke's dramatic account of the Annunciation, and the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph to give birth to baby Jesus. House of Sand and Fog's Shohreh Aghdashloo co-stars in a film with a screenplay by The Rookie and Finding Forrester scribe Mike Rich. Filmed in the village of Matera, Italy (a locale that has remained virtually untouched by modern progress and also served as the backdrop for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ), and Quarzazate, Morocco, former production designer Hardwicke's film strives for authenticity in telling the Bible's most treasured tale.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2007
UPC: 0794043106682
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 20,465

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keisha Castle-Hughes Mary
Oscar Isaac Joseph
Hiam Abbass Anna
Shaun Toub Joaquim
Alexander Siddig The Angel Gabriel
Nadim Sawalha Melchior
Eriq Ebouaney Balthasar
Stefan Kalipha Gaspar
Saïd Armadis Tero
Stanley Townsend Zechariah
Ciarán Hinds King Herod
Shohreh Aghdashloo Elizabeth
Alessandro Giuggioli Antipas
Said Amadis Tero
Farida Ouchani Ruth
Maria Giovanna Donzelli Mary's Friend
Francesca Piliero Mary's Friend
Serge Feuillard Eldest Priest
Kais Nashef Benjamin
Andy Lucas Tax Collector
Tomer Gazit Sisley Tax Collector
Jeffrey Kissoon Herod's Assistant
Lucia Zotti Elizabeth's Aunt
Monica Contini Elizabeth's Cousin
Paola Sotgiu Midwife
Gabrielle Scharnitzky Palm Reader
Stewart Scudamore Street Preacher
Chiara Di Pede Girl Taken By Soldier
Zinedine Soualem Girl's Father
Luciana Filomena Paolicelli Girl's Mother
Damir Todorovic Soldier At Collection
Matt Patresi Sentry Soldier
Ted Rusoff Old Shepherd
Sami Samir Thief
Yvonne Scio Thief's Accomplice
Andrea Bruschi Bethlehem Townsperson
Jean Claude Breitman-Deret Bethlehem Townsperson
Angela Lurilli Bethlehem Townsperson
Francesco Martoccia Bethlehem Townsperson
Alessandro Piscitelli Bethlehem Townsperson
Maria Antonietta DiMonte Bethlehem Townsperson
Emilio Andrisiani Bethlehem Townsperson
Emilia Fortunato Bethlehem Townsperson
Gilda The Donkey
Azam Ali Singer
Anonymous 4 Singer
Nicolas Dodd Conductor
Zimriyah Chorale Singer

Technical Credits
Catherine Hardwicke Director,Executive Producer
Ahmed "Jimmy" Abounouom Production Manager
Renato Agostini Special Effects Supervisor
Nezha Aouis Makeup
Yael Aviv Casting
Maria Teresa Barbasso Art Director
George Billinger Camera Operator
Laura Borzelli Makeup
Marty Bowen Producer
Cale Boyter Executive Producer
Giacinto Bretti Makeup
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Donna Deseta Casting
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Renato Francola Makeup
Wyck Godfrey Producer
Ahmed Hatimi Asst. Director
Jehlir Production Manager
Priscilla John Casting
Robert Lambert Editor
Mariam Lee Makeup
Stuart Levy Editor
Mindy Marin Casting
Juliette Menager Casting
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
Stefano M. Ortolani Production Designer
Mike Rich Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Luigi Rocchetti Makeup
Shaila Rubin Casting
Gary Spratling Camera Operator
Antonio Tarolla Art Director
Tim Van Rellim Executive Producer
Ian Voigt Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Nativity Story
1. Main Titles [2:47]
2. A Vision [2:43]
3. Mary of Nazareth [3:53]
4. King Herod's Collection [3:42]
5. The Prophecy [3:09]
6. Marriage to Joseph [3:32]
7. A Child Through the Holy Spirit [3:02]
8. Mary Visits Elizabeth [7:39]
9. Birth of John [6:07]
10. The Three Wise Men Journey [4:29]
11. Mary Returns Home [5:23]
12. Joseph's Dream [4:15]
13. The Census [3:04]
14. To Bethlehem [6:04]
15. The Perilous Journey [9:25]
16. The Holy City [4:10]
17. Herod and the Wise Men [2:29]
18. Finding Shelter [2:01]
19. The Birth of Jesus [5:42]
20. Three Gifts [5:13]
21. Escape to Egypt [4:56]
22. End Credits [6:52]

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The Nativity Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TIME IS SUSPENDED --you meld into the screen- You are there. Mary portrayed as human NOT holier than thou--scenes where she must endure criticism from Joseph and parents because she is pregnant are worth seeing it-and the birth scene is believable-heart pounding. 3 wise men are dignified, human with a very LIGHT touch of humor. the whole movie brings believability -no longer JUST a LEGEND. You will say "yes" to the story you always wanted to be true, gives STAMP of truth. Personally I respect GOD, not religion. If you are searching for TRUTH this is a GREAT place to start.
Doctor_Who More than 1 year ago
This very inspiring movie finally gives a nice backround story to the life that Mary and Joseph had before the birth of Jesus. Through hardtimes and struggles to the journey to Bethlehem where Jesus will be born, bonds will be made and danger will be under foot. A movie for all to see and be inspired by. A much needed backround story is also giving to the Wise Men as well as the mother and father of John the Baptist. The music soars with love and inspiration. Don't miss out on this breathtaking cinematic wonder.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
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Clarissabella More than 1 year ago
I bought this movie last year, and it has become my favorite Christmas movie! I love how REAL it is. =)
scooterb96 More than 1 year ago
this is a very well-done movie of the Christmas Story... Some parts are a little boring... but it's mostly a GREAT movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie was a great display for me to show in my religious education class of the birth of Christ. It lend itself to a lengthy discussion of the events with lots of questions from the students. They seemed to enjoy the "realness" of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe how controversial was the life of Jesus of Nazareth even before his birth. Mary is only 14 and suddenly betrothed to a much older Joseph. The Jews are living under terror and domination of King Herod and the Roman Empire. Deeply devout and yearning for the advent of Moses' promised Messiah, the Jews struggle to survive, and in the backwater town of Nazareth the teenage Mary has a dim future. When an angel appears and tells her that she is to conceive with the power of the holy spirit she accepts God's will but its the religious townspeople who are her biggest worry. A pregnancy out of wedlock was a legitimate stoning offense back then and who would believe that a women could conceive any other way than the normal human method? This is what the movie depicts - just how improbable the whole chain of events were, and how the Jewish High Priests came to call Jesus a bastard (this word is used in some translations of the bible), and why his rejection perservered much of his life. The Nativity story also does a great job of bringing in the Magi and why they appear in the atory. None of this can be proven. Clearly the characters believed in the angel and visions from them. In 2000 years it is so easy to believe because of the sheer numbers of Christians in the West but consider how hard to was in the beginning. Imagine how audacious the claim of Messiah was for a man from a insignificant town who was considered illegitimate to boot. The Nativity story brings to life and light the young Jewish girl named Mary and the older carpenter, a good man, who took on the role of husband despite the initial shock. A film to explain the many controversies of Christ's story and its many inspirations for both believer and agnostic alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every minute of this movie is wonderful. Do not miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not ashamed to admit that I sat in the theater alongside my mother and cried during the birth. I am a Christian and celebrate the birth always, especially at Christmas, but to see it portrayed was one of the most moving, humbling events of my life. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I will find a copy of this movie and watch it yet again. Sublime!
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