THE motion picture about the history of Islam (by christian.busse)
If you are a muslim, you must see this, if you are interested in Islam, you must see this, and all others should still see this. It's an experience of a lifetime! It shows the true meaning of Islam, its roots, its basic beliefs, and so much more... When I first saw this film, it left me in tears and speechless for quite some time after. When I watch it today, it still does! I don't believe anyone can watch this film and not become moved or even shaken by what he/she sees and hears! If the movie has one shortcoming, it's that the main character, prophet Mohammed peace be upon him <more>
, is never actually seen or heard, as it would have been a deadly sin to have an 'imposter' playing Him in the movie. Although this takes some getting used to and creates some lengths i.e. dialogs which are rather more monologues with pauses , the rest of the movie compensates in full! Watching this movie will probably not make you go out to become a muslim although I have read that most of the cast/crew involved did so , but certainly put some thought and understanding into you. One of the must see movies or all time!!!
To date this is the best film about the beginning of Islam with hollywood production values.It's very entertaining, has lot's of action and also manages to inform about Islam in a positive light, as bettering the peoples lives the religion touches.
A masterpiece of religious cinema (by bahai62)
Anthony Quinn is no doubt one of the greatest actors of the 20th century...The strange thing is that he fits to the muslim roles with such a perfection that, with his contribution "The Message" and "The Lion of the Dessert" both have been masterpieces which are still watched by many people. Though the theme of this movie is the birth of Islam, I think it should have a variety of audience from many religions and cultures. I think the things that are emphasized, the struggle for the cause you believe, the sacrifices you have made for the beloved, are all universal values <more>
that have been emphasized with a rather outstanding casting and directing...I think everyone should watch this movie no matter what his/her religion, thought, culture is... Thanks Moustapha Akkad, Thanks Anthony Quinn, Thanks Irene Papas....You have made an excellent movie.....
It is shocking and saddening that Mustapha Akkad, the director of this movie, was killed in a terrorist bomb blast not a long time ago. it is saddening that a man with such vision, and such devotion to Islam was killed by those who claim to be the most righteous in it. the irony of it all is simply hurtful. i pray that God grants the directors soul forgiveness and mercy.His movie was an inspiration and a real masterpiece, that helped non-Muslims understand what Islam really is and what Muslims really stand for. His death is a great loss to the Muslim world an i just pray that the Islam <more>
Originally I didn't want to see this film, because I generally dislike religious films...and any film which is too old. But as the credits rolled at the end, I was wholly satisfied with the film, a rare occasion. The music was beautiful, the cinematography was spectacular and the acting was very raw, very real. Every actor in the film, even the ones with small parts, delivered a realistic performance.I would like to say that Anthony Quinn gave one of his best performances in his outstanding career. I would also like to say that Moustapha Akkad will be very missed, an incredibly talented <more>
director, as he proved in this film.An extraordinary and breath-taking epic, It is truly 3 hours well spent.Overall I give it a 9/10.
One of the Greatest Movies... The Message (by kash-5)
One of the greatest movies ever made by Hollywood. The movie demonstrates brilliant performance by its director, actors and the team, and fantastic selection of locations. 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, and how the Message was spread across the globe.It's a brief, but interesting portrait of the beginning of Islam for those who know less or nothing about this religion. It also depicts how Christianity and other <more>
religions are correlated to Islam. Not to be just classified as a religious movie. It contains a lot action, drama, dialogue, music and battles. A Magnificent performance by Anthony Quinn.
This is a great film. I'm a history major who took several courses in the history of the Middle East and Islam, so nothing is going to be good or accurate or trivia filled enough for me, but it certainly didn't contradict anything I'd learned for cinematic purposes or otherwise , and that's more than I can say for any historical epic I've seen in several years.This film starts with Muhammed receiving the Koran from the angel Gabriel and ends at his death. It was filmed in accordance with Islamic political correctness, so The Prophet himself is never depicted, visually or <more>
vocally. While this is well affected, it unfortunately removes him from a lot of the story. I would like to have known a lot more about his life from the film, not his mannerisms or speech as depicted by a particular actor, but at least the major events of his life, his children, his wives, and so on.Having said that, however, the film is still a very good depiction of the birth of Islam. The plot focuses on the historical events rather than the Koran itself, which contains almost no history from its own period, and is therefore different from a lot of Biblical epics which present the historical events IN the Bible. It's accurate in that it tries to present the birth of Islam as most people today probably learn it. Definitely not a propaganda piece, but it's not a movie filled with facts, truth or fiction, more a movie of character and tone. It's more similar to Braveheart than it is to Ben Hur or the Gospel of John. The movie presents a decent snapshot of the times and the attitudes and lifestyles under which Islam developed.The acting is fantastic, the music is good won an academy award , and the cinematography, filmed in Morocco and Libya, is beautiful. Costumes are cool, and there's a few scenes with a set of ancient bagpipes for you Celtic history buffs.
A Must See- especially in these difficult times (by adeel5)
I saw this film again after a span of almost 25 years and was as impressed as I was back then. Superb acting, excellent re-creations and un-matched visuals. The content and its presentation is in a class of its own and it's a pity that politics did not allow the proper running of this movie when it was first released. In the light of the serious misunderstandings and disagreements that have created fissures between the Muslims and the Western Powers, I believe it is a MUST for this film to be re-released. In fact someone should take on the task and make a sequel to it, as a salute to <more>
As told by peripheral characters... (by abd_al_alim)
This is an excellent film, clearly meticulously adhering to the historical details. Unfortunately I think it is badly let down because of the omission of most of the absolute key people in the story of early Islam.There's no Umar, no Abu Bakr, no Ali, none of the Prophet's wives, no Fatima. To explain to a Christian, that's like telling the story of Jesus while omitting Mary, Peter, Mary Magdelane, Andrew and arguably most of the other Apostles as well.I understand as a Muslim why the Prophet himself should not be portrayed, but in my mind I don't think Islamic monotheism <more>
would be at risk if some of the more important companions had been portrayed. How was the decision reached that it was OK to portray Hamza and Zayd for instance, but not Umar? That's just odd.