Rent The Message (1976)

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2h 51min
Rent The Message (aka Mohammad: Messenger of God / The Message: The Story of Islam) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
It is the 7th century and in Mecca, where powerful leaders are in conflict with Mohammad who attacks the many injustices their way of life produces - slavery, drunkenness and cruelty. Mohammad claims to have seen a vision of the Angel Gabriel and calls to the people of Mecca to worship one God only. After a revelation from God, Mohammad agrees to take arms against Mecca and at the Wells of Bedr the inexperienced Moslem troops are victorious. However, at the Battle of Uhud they are beaten. They accept a ten year truce, so that they can continue to spread the word of God. Mohammad is the prophet...The Messenger of God.
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Directors:
Producers:
Moustapha Akkad
Voiced By:
Tarik Gürcan, Laurence Payne, Robert Rietty, Sener Sen, Metin Serezli, Cyril Shaps, Cüneyt Türel, Riza Tüzün, Kamran Usluer, Güner Ümit, Esen Günay, Muhip Arciman, Mohamed Basri, Dogan Bavli, Timuçin Caymaz, David De Keyser, Aysegül Devrim, Levent Dönmez, Sadettin Erbil
Narrated By:
Richard Johnson, Tarik Gürcan
Writers:
H.A.L. Craig, Tewfik El-Hakim, A.B. Jawdat El-Sahhar, A.B. Rahman El-Sharkawi, Mohammad Ali Maher
Others:
Maurice Jarre
Aka:
Mohammad: Messenger of God / The Message: The Story of Islam
Studio:
Anchor Bay
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2003
Run Time:
171 minutes
Languages:
Arabic, English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The making of film documentary
  • Still gallery
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Features Arabic Version
- "Arrissalah" staring Abdallah Geith and Mona Wassef
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/07/2012
Run Time:
178 minutes
Languages:
Arabic, English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of The Message

Overlong Religious Propaganda Epic Set in 7th Century - The Message review by PV

Spoiler Alert
18/01/2020

I remember the fuss when this film was shown in cinemas in the last 70s - the first time ever I heard of Islamic protests and demands. Little did I know what was coming down the line...

Anyway, it is a so-so but overlong epic - however, it whitewashes a lot, and reading books by Peter Townsend can fill in those gaps.

Many will be surprised at the promotion that Islam treats women as equals and does not force people into marriage or force them to convert to Islam - a light reading of history would debunk both.

The film makers were not brave enough to show Mohammad as a speaking character - instead the camera is him in a way reminiscent of the classic early 60s film PEEPING TOM, bizarrely.

If you like sword and sandals epics like Ben Hur of The Greatest Story Ever Told and those long 1950s films they used to play at Easter on the BBC (before it decided to ignore all Christian festivals but commemorate those of other faiths) then you'll like this.

It does show Islam as a warrior religion which fights - it also shows rightly that slavery was accepted by Muslims, and is, some would argue.

Interesting to watch. A bit of a curiosity piece really. Hamza played by Mexican-American actor Anthonio Quinn (Zorba the Greek; the Old Man of the Sea). These days no doubt casting would be what they now absurdly call 'ethnically appropriate' but Anthony Quinn and other acts do well. This is before CGI too and battle scenes are decent enough.

3 stars.

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