Mary, Mother of Jesus (film)

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Mary, Mother of Jesus
Distributed by NBC, et al.
Directed by Kevin Connor
Produced by
Written by Albert Ross
Starring
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography Elemér Ragályi
Editing by Barry Peters
Production company  • HCC Happy Crew Company
 • Hallmark Entertainment
 • The Shriver Family Film Company
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • November 14, 1999 (1999-11-14)
Running time 88 minutes

Mary, Mother of Jesus is a 1999 American Biblical drama television film that retells the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, his mother.

It stars Swedish actresses Pernilla August and Melinda Kinnaman as Mary, English actor David Threlfall as Joseph (his legal guardian, not father) and English actor Christian Bale as Jesus. The film was produced by American Eunice Kennedy Shriver and aired on NBC.

The film emphasizes Mary's importance in Jesus's life, suggesting that his parables were inspired by stories she told him in his childhood. This, and similar details about Jesus's upbringing, cannot be confirmed, but are certainly not impossible. The resurrected Jesus also appears to his mother privately. This event is not found in the Gospels, but is probably based on an ancient Catholic tradition (not official teaching) that he appeared to her first of all people. The tradition influenced Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises among others. The film closes with Mary suggesting the disciples should start preaching about her son.

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