Los Angeles Film Festival 2007
Moustapha Akkad’s ambitious directorial debut chronicles the birth of Islam in the deserts of 7th-century Arabia. In this rousing origin story, Mohammed becomes a central yet strictly off-screen presence in accordance with Islamic custom prohibiting manifest portrayal of the prophet. Anthony Quinn stars as Mohammed’s warrior uncle, ever ready to fight in defense of the messenger’s monotheistic gospel of equality and tolerance. Shot on location in the Middle East with a veritable cast of thousands, The Message is an accessible, grand-scale religious epic in the finest tradition of the genre
England, Kuwait, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, 1976, 177 min
Director: Moustapha Akkad
Writer: H.A.L. Craig
Producer: Moustapha Akkad
Cinematographer: Jack Hildyard
Editor: John Bloom
Music: Maurice Jarre
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest
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