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The Fourth Wise Man (1985)

Eileen Brennan , Ralph Belamy , Michael Ray Rhodes  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eileen Brennan, Ralph Belamy
  • Directors: Michael Ray Rhodes
  • Writers: Tom Fontana
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paulist Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2000
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JRIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fourth Wise Man" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Based on Henry van Dyke’s classic, The Story of the Other Wise Man, this fictional story set in Biblical times is told in gently comic terms. A Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen) sees a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful servant to the Messiah. Artaban takes with him three precious gifts to present to the Messiah. For 33 years Artaban pursues Jesus, only to miss Him at every turn. Along the way, Artaban uses his gifts to help people in dire need. He now has nothing to present to the Messiah when he finds Him. The story culminates on Easter Sunday as Artaban, old and dying, finally encounters the new King, bringing peace to his life. A deeply moving experience examining what true faith really means. Starring Martin Sheen and Alan Arkin.

DVD features:
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese
Subtitles: English
Viewing Format: Fullscreen
Bonus Material:
biographical information on leading actors
original preview trailer
chapter titles
ZONES: All zones (worldwide)
Includes English subtitles


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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the fourth wise man January 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I was crying most of the time, a wonderful story of a man who was seeking the Truth, a life long search that ended in victory, he found Jesus Christ, but to his amazement, he had seen him all along because of the verse Jesus gave him, "whatever you have done to the least of these you have done for me". On the mans search, he stopped to help a leper colony and ended up spending his whole life there helping them out. At the end of his life he thought he had missed seeing Jesus but Jesus did appear to him and quoted the above verse. He had been with Jesus his whole life since he had been taking care of "the least of these".
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving experience - a living Gospel lesson May 30, 2002
I saw this movie as part of a course on pastoral care of the sick. If anything reinforces the sacred act of ministry to the poor and sick, and to the mystery of healing, it is this film. Would that we could bring that message to the healing professions on a wider basis. I agree with the other reviewers - the acting was superb, but it was the story which has an impact. I especially enjoyed Alan Arkin's character - an alternative model of faithfulness - he does what is asked of him, though he does it under protest.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SEARCHING FOR JESUS IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES November 30, 1999
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this is a film that should be a modern day classic. i can not tell this story to friends without crying as this movie did touch me that much so long ago. the theme is timeless and a gospel truth. i wholeheartedly recommend this film and can't wait to get it to see it again its been way too long since i have seen it. i feel this would be an excellent film for the whole family as it brings forth the true meaning of charity and sacrifice and all done from a heart that is searching for GOD. young and old will enjoy and be challenged by this film. it is just a beautiful story. GOD bless ad enjoy jb
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Family Adventure January 4, 2000
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The Fourth Wise Man is one of the most wonderful movies I have ever seen. It's the story of a ficticious fourth wise man that missed the rendezvous with the other three leaving in search of the Holy Child. Not willing to give up, the star(Sheen) decides to head out across the desert with only his slave and the supplies bought with one of the three treasures intended as a sacrifice the the baby Jesus. The story builds from the start and ends in a climactic ending that will leave you breathless and teary eye'd. Martin Sheen and Alan Arkin are wonderful together. This is a definate must see!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Fourth Wiseman best portrays two of Jesus's most important gospel injunctions: Master, how may I enter you kingdom? Sell all that you have - - , pick up your cross and follow me! AND - That which you do to these, the least of my brethren, you do unto me!
Martin Sheen gives what I consider his best performance as the wisest of the Wise Men and Alan Arkin plays off against him by humorously and incessantly presenting the conventional and wordly wisdoom. Arkin's role brings lightness to a heavy message. If anyone can give me a clue where I can lay my hands on a new copy of this maserpiece, I will be forever in their debt.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's definitely better than "The Three Wise Men"! November 21, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the best bible related movies I have ever seen. Martin Sheen was outstanding in his performance, and he played his role as a part of the magi wonderfully.

The movie really taught how important it was to help others and care for them. It had M.S. making huge sacrifices in order to help other people. Different ways of doing this are like what Jesus taught in the bible. He tried to find Jesus Christ along with the other three wise men, and he brought along three valuable gems to give Jesus. (One was a pearl) But he ended up giving them all away to other people. It was a wonderful illustration on how giving to others and making personal sacrifices for someone else's sake is like doing it for Jesus.

And by the way, if you are thinking of getting that cartoon called "The Three Wise Men" just because Martin Sheen is in it, forget it. It has ZERO to do with the story of Jesus, and it has all sorts of witchcraft, introducing cults and magic beliefs. If they wanted to do a movie that involved astrology or dark evil demonic sorcerors, then they should have made that instead of making it into a guise of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To moving for words March 12, 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie for the first time about 17 yrs. ago. The singles group I was in rented it during a pot luck we had every Friday night.
I can't say in words how this movie drew me in and touched me in my spirit. I would be surprised to learn that the actors involved in this movie wasn't touched as well...
A friend bought the video for me as a gift several years ago and each time I watch it, I get the same heartfelt emotions as I did the first time. And yes, I cry every time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story and life lesson March 18, 1999
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A wonderful story of a man who like the three wise men of the Bible story desires to give the Christ child a material gift. He discovers through a series of ironic circumstances that a more wonderful gift is that of serving those in need in the name of the Messiah. Beautifully done. A great video to show to a youth group followed by discussion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas story
Always been a great Christmas story
Published 6 days ago by Chris M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie.....we watch it every Christmas eve!
Published 13 days ago by cj
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Really Bad Transfer
Great film, however, it has a thin red bar across the bottom of the frame the entire time. Needs to be remastered. The film itself is really good though. Read more
Published 14 days ago by tbone1982
5.0 out of 5 stars A version of the Good Samaritan story in a Wise Man Christmas package
Entertaining historical fiction. It very possibly could have happened. A version of the Good Samaritan story in a Wise Man Christmas package. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Robert Fitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 24 days ago by martha guzman
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool story. Acting is really bad
Cool story. Acting is really bad.
Published 24 days ago by Milyfsasng
5.0 out of 5 stars As wise?
Interesting aspect of another wiseman, but no where does it say in scripture there were three!!!
Published 1 month ago by CHUI
5.0 out of 5 stars An annual favorite!
Ever since my husband discovered this movie, it has become an annual favorite. We enjoy it at Christmas time but I have to admit we have shown it to others at other times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Nope
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the story.
This was a made for TV movie. The story line is great. Acting is acceptable for the era. Video quality is poor as most were during the period it was created. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
This film is a little heartwarming drama that the whole family can enjoy. It reminded me that in serving Christ, in my walk with Jesus, I have to remember that it's about... Read more
Published 4 months ago by bezoarrn
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