The Message (Arabic: الرسالة Ar-Risālah; originally known as Mohammad, Messenger of God) is a 1976 Islamic epic drama film directed and produced by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through the perspective of his uncle Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib and adopted son Zayd ibn Harithah.
Directed by Moustapha Akkad Produced by
A.B. Jawdat al-Sahhar
A.B Rahman al-Sharkawi
Mohammad Ali Maher
Based onProphet Muhammad Starring
Narrated byRichard JohnsonMusic byMaurice JarreCinematographyJack HildyardEdited by
Filmco International Productions Inc.
Distributed byTarik Film Distributors
29 July 1976 (London)
9 March 1977 (New York)
Budget$10 millionBox office$15 million.
Released in both separately-filmed Arabic and English-language versions, The Message serves as an introduction to early Islamic history. The international ensemble cast includes Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest, André Morell, Garrick Hagon, Damien Thomas, and Martin Benson. It was an international co-production between Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.
The film was nominated for Best Original Score in the 50th Academy Awards, composed by Maurice Jarre, but lost the award to Star Wars (composed by John Williams).
Anthony Quinn as Hamza
Irene Papas as Hind bint Utbah
Michael Ansara as Abu Sufyan ibn Harb
Johnny Sekka as Bilal ibn Rabah
Michael Forest as Khalid ibn al-Walid
André Morell as Abu Talib
Garrick Hagon as Ammar ibn Yasir
Damien Thomas as Zayd
Martin Benson as Abu Jahl
Robert Brown as Utbah ibn Rabi'ah
Rosalie Crutchley as Sumayyah
Bruno Barnabe as Umayyah ibn Khalaf
Neville Jason as Ja`far ibn Abī Tālib
John Bennett as Salul
Donald Burton as 'Amr ibn al-'As
Earl Cameron as Al-Najashi
George Camiller as Walid ibn Utbah
Nicholas Amer as Suhayl ibn Amr
Ronald Chenery as Mus`ab ibn `Umair
Michael Godfrey as Baraa'
John Humphry as Ubaydah
Ewen Solon as Yasir
Wolfe Morris as Abu Lahab
Ronald Leigh-Hunt as Heraclius
Leonard Trolley as Silk Merchant
Gerard Hely as Poet Sinan
Habib Ageli as Hudhayfah
Peter Madden as Toothless Man
Hassan Joundi as Khosrau II
Abdullah Lamrani as Ikrimah
Elaine Ives-Cameron as Arwa
Mohammad Al Gaddary as Money Lender
Ahmad Marey as Young Christian
Abdullah Gaith as Hamza
Muna Wassef as Hind
Hamdi Ghaith [ar] as Abu Sufyan ibn Harb
Ali Ahmed Salem as Bilal
Mahmoud Said as Khalid
Ahmad Marey as Zayd
Mohammad Larbi as Ammar
Hassan Joundi as Abu Jahl
Sana' Jamil as Sumayyah
Martin Benson as Khosrau II
Damien Thomas as Young Christian
Awards And Nominations.
The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1977 for Best Original Score for the music by Maurice Jarre.
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