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The Nativity Story (2007)

Keisha Castle-Hughes , Shohreh Aghdashloo , Catherine Hardwicke  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Issac, Ciaran Hinds
  • Directors: Catherine Hardwicke
  • Writers: Mike Rich
  • Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBM1I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nativity Story" on IMDb

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It was the cruelest of times. Under Herod's torturous reign, families struggled to survive and yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman's faith is put to the test. Join Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) on an incredible journey of hope and discovery. Epic in its scope, yet intimate in it's portrayal of this historical family, this "wonderful film" (Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun Times) is "a family feature that will be cherished for years to come!" (Greg Russell, WMYD-TV, Detroit).

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222 of 226 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...and thou shalt call his name Jesus." December 9, 2006
You know the plot: After young Mary is betrothed to an older man, she is told by an angel that she will bear God's son. She could be stoned for this pregnancy, but Joseph has a dream explaining the situation, and he takes her as his wife. They must then make the difficult journey to Bethlehem for the census, and they arrive just in time for the baby's birth in a stable.

It is a lovely story, told quite simply and tastefully. The costumes and village sets are rough-hewn and authentic-looking in earth-tones. The international cast features Keisha Castle-Hughes as a straightforward and uncomplaining Mary, used to hard work and Roman tyranny. Oscar Isaac is a warm and protective Joseph. Shohreh Aghdashloo is wonderful as Mary's cousin Elizabeth; in fact, the entire cast is excellent.

The movie is suitable for all ages and I hope it becomes a tradition to show it on television every Christmas. It sticks to the Bible story and is happily lacking in Hollywood razzle-dazzle. The photography is beautiful and it is respectfully directed. Highly recommended.
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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prayerful meditation on the season of Christmas February 9, 2007
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If you're looking for a gradiose production in Cecil B. DeMille style, this film is not the one for you. But, if you want a sense of the mystery and beauty... the true meaning of Christmas, you will find this film everything your heart could desire. Throughout, the writers and director did everything possible to be in conformity with the history and theology of the birth of Christ, so that no mainstream Christian will find anything contrary to the scriptural account. While there are moments (like the slaughter of the infants and the birth of John the Baptist) which may not be suitable to little children, I highly recommend this film for family viewing. With a little sensitive explanation, most kids 12 and up should have no difficulties.

As for the performances, they are excellent (with, perhaps, the single exception of the Archangel Gabriel, whom I found a bit distracting)! Throughout, you get the sense of really getting to know the principle characters of the nativity narratives... what they might have been thinking, how they may have felt. The film provides unique perspectives that most never take the time to think through, and those perspectives bring the story to life. Again, if you have problems with films that are not packed with motion and non-stop action, you probably won't make it through this one. If you enjoy deep thought and prayer, on the other hand, this film will more than satisfy. I love it and I'm buying multiple copies for all of my friends that missed it in the theaters.

Note: After reading a few other comments from others, I wanted to add a brief post-script regarding the scriptural accuracy of the film.
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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Side of the Nativity January 20, 2007
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While any Christian would like this movie, what was particularly moving for me was how it depicted the relationship between Mary and Joseph. All the difficulties they overcame, from public scorn to doubting the future, and wondering why they were put in the position they were in. Their relationship is loving, yet reverent for their bigger assignment. They are a team on a journey. So many times I wondered what the two might have said to one another, and the two people who play the roles are uniquely suited for them and they pull the whole thing off with splendor. This is a must-have for any Christian family during the holidays, and a wonderful story to show youngsters as they grow up. Certainly it's the best-ever depiction of the nativity that I have seen and probably ever will see.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Story on the Silver Screen December 23, 2006
This is a beautiful depiction of how the birth of the Son of God happened. We get to see Joseph and Mary as people of character who really want to live righteously for the Lord. We see the godly and discerning Elizabeth as she counsels Mary on how to handle these unique circumstances.

I have always wondered how Mary broke the news to Joseph and her family about her divine pregnancy. How do you explain something like that? This movie gives a very realistic picture of how that news would have been initially received.

After Joseph's dream reveals to him that Mary's pregnancy is from the Lord, he goes to her and says "I believe you! I believe you! You shall call His name Jesus!" It is a touching scene!

Next, you have the long 100 mile journey to Bethlehem to register for the census. The baby Jesus is born in a cave in Bethlehem, though a good case can be made that the manger he was placed in was in the part of a house occupied by animals than a cave per se.

Also, the Magi (who are the funniest people in the film) are portrayed as coming to the cave the same night the shepherds are there, though scholars have suggested that the visit of the Magi in Matthew 2 may have been a few months later.

But I found the movie to be deeply satisfying, and it made me worship Jesus again as our Savior and Newborn King! All praise and glory and honor be to the Lord Jesus Christ!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to go DEEP ... December 30, 2006
By SCMLA
The trailer made me cry, but the movie (dare I say it?) was a touch (yawn) BORING ...

Which is not to say that I didn't like it (because I did -- hello? 5 stars!), but I think the plodding pace of the movie really drove home the fact that this "story" was NOT a "Bible story" to the people who were actually involved. It was real life. Every day life. And it really happened. To ordinary people. And not within the space of 2 hours, either. They actually had to live this stuff out -- day by day by grueling day. And so I really appreciated how the movie gets that idea across withOUT the usual Hollywood pyrotechnics, FX & swelling orchestral music score ...

I also like the way the movie weaves all the many & various threads of all the many & various lives together in a way that really makes sense -- which is a picture that's hard for most people to get, no matter how many times they've read the Biblical accounts. So, in that sense, the movie really does succeed in bringing the nativity story to life in a way that I've never seen done before.

And seeing the little "baby Jesus" being lifted up did make me cry, because it made me come to terms with the fact that -- at one time -- He was just that little, just that vulnerable, just that in need of someone to take care of Him & -- WOW -- can you imagine the awesome responsibility? And (although the movie didn't come right out & say it) the Magi's expensive gifts did make Mary/Joseph/Jesus' flight to Egypt possible & was a powerful reminder to me of how God STILL provides for us when we're in desperate need ...

And so the movie does work on many different levels & probably needs to be seen a few times in order to fully appreciate the numerous nuances. They need to make more movies like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
This is a great account of the events taking place surrounding the birth of Jesus. Although the Bible doesn't relay some of the thoughts and feelings of Joseph, Mary and her... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY BLUE RAY /DVD YOULL EVER NEED
THE NATIVITY STORY IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES IVE EVER SEEN,I DONT THINK HOLLYWOOD GOT IT,OR WANTED TO,AND THATS OK BECAUSE THE CRITICS CAN WRITE WHAT THEY WANT, PEOPLE CAN SAY OH... Read more
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The Nativity is an absolutely breathtaking story where a couple goes through many hard times to birth the king of all mankind. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Birth Of Christ
I chose to watch The Nativity Story and was quite pleased with the movie. This was the story of how Jesus was born unto Mary and Joseph. Read more
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This movie is based on the Christian story in the bible “The Nativity Story” This movie was released in 2006. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This movie is about how Jesus was born. The years before Joseph and Mary were married. The time leading up to her being willing to carry the son GOD in here womb. Read more
Published 10 days ago by shaun jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
I really enjoyed this movie! A beautiful story of hope, courage, love, & salvation. Keeping true to the biblical story & meaning. I watch a few times a year.
Published 11 days ago by jax
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
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The nativity story is one of the most defining events in the history of Christianity. The story tells about the birth of Jesus. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This movie portrays the life of Mary and the birth of Jesus in a very realistic manner. It makes you consider what life was like back then.
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The way I viewed it, the lady just takes Mary's hand and starts to read it. Mary doesn't request her services. Being polite, she just let her do it for fun.
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