"THE PLOT Anthony Quinn plays Mohammed's uncle in an epic telling of Islam's origins.
THE CONTROVERSY The movie rankled Muslims and sparked riots, and that was just during production. Post-release, in March 1977, Hanafi terrorists took more than 100 people hostage in Washington, D.C. — killing a reporter and shooting the city's future mayor Marion Barry in the two-day siege — demanding in part that The Message be banned. (It wasn't.) In a cruelly ironic coda, the Syrian-born Akkad died amid "
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"Producer/director Moustapha Akkad tried to use the connections he’d forged in Hollywood as a producer for CBS and consultant for director Sam Peckinpah to get financing for his film version of the life and times of the prophet Mohammad, but it was an even harder sell than a Christ movie, and the project was eventually financed by international sources (including Muammar al-Gaddafi). The potential trouble with the film was easy to pin down: the Muslim faith forbids depictions of its title chara"
"Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed,who, in accordance with the tenants of Islam, is never seen or heard (as this is offensive to certain islamic schools of thought). In Mecca in the 7th century, Mohammed is visited by a vision of the Angel Gabriel, who urges him to lead the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of Kaaba and instead worship the one true God. Speaking out against the corrupt political and military "