A fascinating, action-packed period epic chronicling the life and times of the prophet Muhammed and the origins of Islam.
Directed by Moustapha Akkad (Lion Of The Desert), the legendary producer behind the “Halloween” movies, starring two-time Oscar winner Anthony Quinn (Lust For Life; Viva Zapata!; Lion Of The Desert), Irene Papas (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin; Lion Of The Desert; Zorba The Greek; The Guns Of Navarone) and Michael Ansara (The Manitou; Guns Of The Magnificent Seven; The Greatest Story Ever Told) and featuring an Oscar-nominated score by three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre (Doctor Zhivago; Lawrence Of Arabia; A Passage To India).
It is the 7th Century in Mecca, and powerful leaders are in conflict with Mohammad who attacks their way of life and the injustices it produces. Claiming to have seen a vision of the Angel Gabriel, Mohammad calls on the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of the Kaaba and to worship one God. Despite bitter opposition from the leaders of Mecca, Mohammad and his faithful followers meet secretly to listen to the revelations of the word of God. The leaders respond with persecution, forcing the Moslems to leave Mecca and take sanctuary in Medina.
After receiving a revelation from God, Mohammad agrees to take arms against Mecca and battle until more people are converted to the emerging religion and ready to accept the prophet. At the Wells of Bedr the inexperienced Moslem troops are victorious but find themselves beaten at the Battle of Uhud and accept a ten-year truce, so that they can continue to spread the word of God…
This is one of those visually stunning and gloriously spectacular epics, the kind of which we very rarely see being made these days, which is reason enough to enjoy it. Add to that the remarkable story of a religion being born and you have a movie that is both breathtaking an awe-inspiring in scope and ambition.
“Makes for fascinating viewing… informative, positive and uplifting.” – DVDTALK.COM
“Rich in concept and scale… the emphasis is on realism and historical accuracy… scores in its ability to tell a simple, yet powerful, story of the birth of a religious movement.” – THEDIGITALFIX.COM
Special two-disc Blu-ray edition includes standard definition Arabic version of main feature.