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The Nativity Story (2006)

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A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Writer:

Mike Rich
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keisha Castle-Hughes ... Mary
Oscar Isaac ... Joseph
Hiam Abbass ... Anna
Shaun Toub ... Joaquim
Ciarán Hinds ... Herod
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Elizabeth
Stanley Townsend ... Zechariah
Alexander Siddig ... The Angel Gabriel
Nadim Sawalha ... Melchior
Eriq Ebouaney ... Balthasar
Stefan Kalipha ... Gaspar
Alessandro Giuggioli ... Antipas
Farida Ouchani Farida Ouchani ... Ruth
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Tero
Maria Giovanna Donzelli Maria Giovanna Donzelli ... Mary's Friend
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Storyline

In Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God's son, the savior of the world. Mary's pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joseph and Mary set out on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Written by L. Hamre

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Her child would change the world. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nativity See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,849,304, 3 December 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,629,831, 18 January 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,432,264, 17 August 2008
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mike Rich began writing the screenplay of the movie on 1 December 2005, exactly a year before its release. See more »

Goofs

Horse riders have stirrups, which were invented many centuries later. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: Are you frightened?
Mary: Yes. A husband has been chosen for me. The law says I must remain pure for a year. How is he to believe this?
Elizabeth: Stay with us, then. We will pray for guidance.
Mary: Elizabeth, why is it me God has asked? I am nothing.
Elizabeth: Oh, child.
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Connections

Version of The Nativity (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

In Rosa Vernat Lilium
(The Rose and the Lily)
Music by Mychael Danna
Lyrics by Elizabeth Danna
Performed by Azam Ali
Azam Ali appears courtesy of Six Degrees Records
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Good Storytelling
27 December 2006 | by lndc98See all my reviews

I liked this movie because of the humanity of the main two characters --- Joseph and Mary. One has to imagine what they might have been like, and this film does a nice version of it. One sees Joseph's difficulties and anguish and his love for Mary. One sees her courage and the growth of her love for Joseph. One sees the two of them unite in their love for each other and in the task/blessing they've been given. The Herod is an extremely well-done evil guy. The Magi are good as a trio --- whether funny, affectionate with each other, or serious and transformed. I was not bothered by their appearance along with the shepherds at the same time because one of the message's is "for the high and the low".


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