The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

DVD - 2007
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Begins with the slaughter of Bethlehem's innocents under orders from a paranoid King Herod. Go back a year to the prophecy that informs Zechariah that his wife, Elizabeth, will bear a child. Elizabeth's cousin, the adolescent Mary, struggles with her family to make ends meet and is promised to the carpenter Joseph. Mary is told by the angel Gabriel that she will carry, while still a virgin, the long-awaited Messiah who will liberate the Jews from Herod and his Roman benefactors. Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem. Three Magi spend months crossing the desert trying to rendezvous with some point below the convergence of three heavenly bodies in the night sky. Friendship and trust emerges between Mary and Joseph after he is told in a dream that she speaks truthfully about her miraculous pregnancy.


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Jan 02, 2018

One of my top 10 favorite movies of all time.

Dec 04, 2017

I thought this movie was very good and done well. It was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight, Miss You Already). I've liked Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Mary, since Whale Rider. Playing Joseph was a very early film role for Oscar Isaac; his big breakthrough came about 7 years later with Inside Llewyn Davis. The Nativity Story is rated PG for some violent content.

Dec 07, 2015

This is a great film! The characters are well developed, and the plot closely follows the Biblical narration. This film is sure to encourage viewers as it recalls the true meaning of Christmas. While there may be some portions not suitable for younger children, parents are encouraged to use their own discretion. In any case, this is a must watch!

Jun 19, 2015

I saw the movie and I had liked it. I found it very uplifting this is
not for children to watch

Jan 05, 2015

Story adhered closely to the gave a good idea and "feel" of the period when Jesus was born. A good movie to watch with family

Dec 30, 2014

i loved the movie but in the end it wasn't so pieced together.
it was like, Jesus was born and the end. Well, because it's a "nativity" story- it's about the birth of Jesus not his life. It is very unique than other movies about the birth of Jesus. Out of 10 i would rate it a 8/10.

BookReviewer2015 Dec 22, 2014

An excellent and uplifting Christmas film!

MrDrProfessorPatrick Jan 14, 2014

This movie is fantastic for teaching anyone, especially your older children, about how the story of Christmas really went. This film accurately portrays that it wasn't an easy thing for Mary and Joseph to bare the Son of God and that their journey to Bethlehem was a long and difficult one. An absolutely beautiful movie that's great to watch ANY time of the year.

Such a wonderful movie for all year round! Good acting, and I love this Bible story from history.

Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

What would it have been like to be a young girl--a virgin--and to discover you would be pregnant and carrying the Messiah? What would it have been like to be Joseph, the man chosen to protect them? For accuracy, see Ray Vander Laan's "Herod the Great, Jesus the King: The True Christmas Story" DVD. But don't miss this one. PG. Disturbing scenes. English, French and Spanish languages, English and French subtitles. Choice of widescreen or fullscreen. Sterling performance by Keisha Castle-Hughes (youngest woman nominated for an Oscar for her performance in "Whale Rider").

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"God has a will for this child that is greater then my fear of what they will do to me." ~Mary

Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

"Let it be done to me according to your word." -- Mary, upon meeting the angel

Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

"And you shall call His name Jesus. For it is He who will save His people from their sins." What the angel told Joseph in the film

Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

"How do we raise such a child?" -- Mary's character in the film

Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

"I wonder if I will even be able to teach Him anything." --Joseph's character in the film

Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

Joseph to his betrothed--and pregnant--Mary: "The angel came to me and he told me the Child within you had been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And that I should not be afraid." Mary: "Are you afraid?" Joseph: "Yes. Are you?" Mary: "Yes."

Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

"The Almighty has done great things. And Holy is His Name. He has shown strength with His arm. He has scattered the proud. He has filled the hungry with good things. And the rich, He has sent away empty. He has brought down rulers from their thrones ... and has exalted the who were humble ... Hallelujah ... " --Mary


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Dec 30, 2014

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Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

From the announcement by an angel that the Messiah was about to be born, til the time of His birth, young lives were thrown into turmoil. Mary, a virgin, in a culture where not being a virgin was a disgrace punishable by death, a Joseph, a man betrothed to Mary, likely expecting a normal life, would soon be the protector of a Child prophesied to Rule--and another, earthly king (Herod) would be trying to kill Him. Dreams, visions, leading by God--this movie takes it to another level of peering--as well as we can--into what kind of world the Messiah entered, and who His parents were. PG. Accurate more in some details than others (correctly shows Joseph proposing by offering a cup of wine--the roots of our communion--probably not correctly showing a wood, rather than a rock-hewn manger). Valuable for the way it brings the nativity--home. See Ray Vander Laan's DVD "Herod the Great, Jesus the King: The True Christmas Story" for accuracy. But "The Nativity Story" is a valuable movie to watch.


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Sam_I_Am Dec 03, 2011

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The simple scene of Mary off to visit Elizabeth cuts to people along the roadside crucified by the Roman government. Zero gratuitous violence--that's how it was under the Romans, and why the Jewish people longed for their Messiah to come. A film parents might want to preview before watching with children. Rated PG for violence. Even so, a brilliantly worthwhile film.

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